Growing vegetables – How to start

Growing vegetables can be fun as well as saving you a lot of money in the long run. And it’s a great way to spend time with children or just to have a place to get away from it all and spend time outdoors in the sun. However, one thing for sure is growing vegetables isn’t as hard as you may think.

In no time at all, you can enjoy a beautiful vegetable garden full of the fruits of your labor.

First things first: you need an area of ground to plant vegetables. My preferred way is planting vegetables in raised beds. You can buy raised beds in packages and then assemble them. Or you can make them yourself. We made ours from planks of wood which we bought from the local timber yard.

Second: you have to prepare the area you’re going to plant. You do this by digging the area or if you have a raised bed you need to fill it with soil. Anywhere from half full upwards. That should be enough.

Third: Now comes the fun bit. What are you going to sow? The majority of vegetables grown in a garden are started of as seeds. But you can also plant young plants that you buy in the local nursery or supermarket. Planting seeds is lee expensive but you have to wait a few weeks to see some activity. Putting in plants … and hey presto… you have an instant garden.

Depending on the size of your garden you need to choose what you want to grow.

Salad crops are very popular because they’re so easy to grow. You can grow different varieties and also sow salad bowl – this allows you just to pick the leaves.

Other popular and easy to grow vegetables are: radishes, carrots, onions and leeks. But the most essential thing is to grow vegetables that you like to eat.

If you are cramped for space you can also grow vegetables in pots and containers. Plants such as potatoes, tomatoes, chillies or peppers can thrive in these containers.

The most important thing is that your vegetable gardening is a fun and relaxing hobby for you. Oh and of course… you get some tasty vegetables from doing it.

Discover more about gardening and growing vegetables at vegetable gardening – for all types of gardeners.

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