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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Date Posted: July 31, 2017

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Vegetable Gardening is not complicated. For some reason a lot of vegetable gardening advice out there, especially for beginners, seems overwhelming. People have been growing their own food in vegetable gardens since the dawn of man, and if everyone else can do it, you as a beginning vegetable gardener can do it also. In the video I show you my 3 tips for beginning vegetable gardeners.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

How to Start a Vegetable Garden from Scratch

You have to start your vegetable garden somewhere. I always recommend that if you are new to vegetable gardening, that you should start small. This means starting in pots or containers, a small raised bed, or take a small piece of your yard and begin there. Once you have decided exactly what you are going to use to grow your vegetables, the best, easiest and quickest method to get going is buy a bag or two of garden soil, mix it in with where you are going to garden, then buy some existing plants at a local nursery and get going. Water weekly, fertilize bi-weekly and you are all set.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

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How to Grow a Small Garden

As mentioned earlier, when it comes to starting your first vegetable garden, start small. In fact I recommend that you start your vegetable garden in no bigger of a space than a 4 foot by 4 foot area. Simply use a shovel to turn over the area (which is probably covered by grass right now), and use a bag or two of garden soil that you can purchase at any home or garden center, and mix it in. Just remember to remove the grass if the area is indeed covered with grass. By mixing in the garden soil, you are giving the soil in the new area a jump start to help grow great veggies.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

How to Grow Vegetables at Home in Pots

Growing vegetables in pots or containers is just as easy as growing a small vegetable garden in the ground. The only difference is, pots and containers need to be watered and fertilized more often. The reason being, pots and containers will dry out a lot quicker, and that’s the last thing you want with many varieties of fruits and vegetables. A good rule of thumb is, the larger the vegetable plant variety, the larger pot that you will need. I have grown tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets and various herbs in pots that were no bigger than 12 inches in diameter.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Vegetable Garden Tips

If you asked 100 gardeners you would invariably get hundreds of different ways to start a vegetable garden. So, here are the three tips that I always recommend. First, start small, second, grow what you like to eat, and third, keep your garden in sight. I go into more detail in the video on each of these tips.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

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Vegetable Garden Layout

When you are a beginning vegetable gardener, the layout of your garden should be simple. A basic four foot by four square is all you’ll need, or a few containers and pots. The important part of the vegetable garden layout when you are a beginning vegetable gardener, is to pick a location that receives a full day’s worth of sun (at least 8 hours) and it is within a reasonable distance to a water source. Just those two vegetable garden layout tips will increase the success of your vegetable garden.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Vegetable Garden Plants

I mentioned above (and in the video) that my number two tip when it comes to starting a vegetable garden is to grow what you like to eat. The main reason for this is because you are more than likely to stick with vegetable gardening if you know that you will eat the end result. When it comes to choosing vegetable plants for your garden, make sure you choose the varieties that you and/or your family are more than likely to consume. Tomatoes are very easy to grow, but if you don’t like tomatoes, it makes no sense for you to grow them in your home vegetable garden. You get the point.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

I am glad that you are jumping in to start a home vegetable garden. Vegetable Gardening is such a fun and rewarding adventure. Just remember, don’t make vegetable gardening more complicated than it has to be. Keep it small, grow what you like to eat, and keep an eye on it. You’ll go very far with your vegetable garden by following these 3 simple tips.

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Mike Podlesny is the host of The Vegetable Gardening Show where he interviews gardening industry experts, and he is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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