Are you considering starting a vegetable garden this year? Now is the time to start planning, so you will be ready to plant when the season comes. With a well-planned vegetable garden, you can enjoy fresh, healthy vegetables all summer and fall, right from your own backyard. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Start Small
Find a few vegetables that your family loves that grow well in your area, and start with a few plants of those. If you go too large to begin with, your garden will quickly overwhelm you, and you will likely give up.
2. Find Ways to Grow “Up” Not “Out”
A backyard garden is typically limited by space. You can only expand your garden so far before you reach the end of your yard. Instead, look for crops that can grow vertically, such as bean vines, cucumbers and tomatoes. Then, build some trellis supports that will let those plants grow up instead of out, or plant these plants along your garden fence and use that as a trellis.
3. Rotate Your Crops
As you plan your garden, make sure you plan for crop rotation, as different plans draw different nutrients from the soil. Make your plans so that you only grow the same plant in the same section of your garden every three years.
4. Stagger Your Harvest
If you plant so that all of your vegetables will be ready to pick in August, you are going to be hungry all summer and loaded down with more veggies than you can eat in the fall. Plant a garden so that it will have several harvests throughout the year. You can achieve this by planting something new in the garden every week from the start of the planting season through mid-fall, timing the plantings to ensure the plants can grow with the season.
5. Invest in Soil Nutrition
Finally, research what your soil needs to properly grow your plants, and invest in some fertilizer. This does not have to be chemical fertilizer if you are going for an organic garden. Compost and even manure from a farm can work as excellent fertilizer, but find a way to give your plants the food they need to grow and thrive.
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