Planting and growing your own vegetable garden is a great way to relax, grow your own fresh produce and do your part to save the planet. Here are a few simple steps to get you started.
Step 1 – Location, location, location
Pick a spot in your garden that is safe from strong winds and gets a lot of sunlight. The more sunlight your veggies get, the bigger your veggies will grow.
Step 2 – Nutrient rich soil
Make sure to plant your veggies in soil that is moist and well-drained, mix compost into your soil before you start planting. Your soil should we well turned and fluffy so that your plants’ roots can grow easily.
Step 3 – Start small and easy
It’s best to start off with a garden that is about 16×10 feet and to choose vegetables that are easy to grow such as tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, spinach, zucchini, peppers, cabbage, chard, turnips and beets. It’s important to make sure that your plants are spaced far enough apart. Follow the directions for spacing on seed packets and plant tabs that you buy.
Step 4 – Follow the seasons
Make sure that you plant your vegetable in correct seasons stated on your seed packets and plant tabs.
Step 5 – Direction
Plant your veggies in rows that run north and south to take full advantage of the sun.
Step 6 – Taking care of your crops
Make sure to water your plants well. Not too much and not too little! It’s also important to be on the lookout for any pests such as weeds and bugs.
Step 7 – Crop rotation
Make sure to rotate your crops every year so that the same vegetables aren’t depleting the same nutrients year after year. You should only plant the same crop in the same place once every three years.
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