Your First Garden: The Easiest Vegetables to Grow
Easy Vegetable Gardening – Best Practices
The following are some tips and suggestions for the best practices when growing your first few vegetables. You will need to experiment with different methods until you get it right. These ideas may not work for everyone, but they might be helpful if you have never grown anything before or are just starting out.
Watering is probably one of the most basic rules of gardening. If you don’t water your plants regularly, they won’t survive. So make sure to water them at least once every two weeks!
A good rule of thumb is to use a spray bottle and fill it halfway up with water. Then place the pot on top and let sit overnight or even longer (depending on how much rain there has been recently). When watering, always use enough water so that the soil doesn’t become soggy.
Light is another very important element of gardening. Too little light and your plants will wilt; too much and they’ll die. The amount of sunlight that each part of the plant receives determines its growth rate.
Plants like bright light, but they need dark periods during their day to rest and recover from the sun’s rays.
Soil is the foundation of your garden. Using good soil will make all the difference between a successful and failed crop. Use only good quality soil or else you’ll have to buy expensive fertilizer later on to make up for the poor quality soil in the first place.
Inexpensive bags of soil found at your local nursery may look good, but they often contain few nutrients for healthy plant growth. Also avoid putting plants in the same spot year after year. Every few years, pick a new spot in the yard and plant something different to bring new life to your soil.
Caring for your plants can be quite easy. While it is true that most plants need lots of sun, some (such as the African Violet) prefer shade instead. If you know what type of environment a plant prefers, then all you have to do is follow its basic instructions for care.
However, even the most basic of garden plants can become sick. Use preventative measures such as placing a dome over glass bulbs to keep them from getting infected by fungus. Should your plant become sick, however, try not to over water or over feed it with fertilizer.
Just like humans, plants get sick if you give them too much of something they don’t need.
5) Reap the Rewards
The best part of having a garden is getting to eat your hard-earned harvest.
If growing your own food sounds like too much work, why not take a short trip to your local farmer’s market instead?
Most likely you’ll be able to find a variety of vegetables grown by local farmers who love what they do.
With your own garden at home, you’ll be able to provide yourself and your family with nutritious food that not only tastes good, but is good for you as well. Enjoy!
Sources & references used in this article:
- The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables: The 100 Easiest-to-grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden (M Obama – 2012 – Crown Books)
- How to Grow More Vegetables:(and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine (M Iannotti – 2012 – books.google.com)
- One Magic Square Vegetable Gardening: The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square (J Jeavons – 2012 – books.google.com)
- Vertical gardening: grow up, not out, for more vegetables and flowers in much less space (L Houbein – 2016 – books.google.com)
- Food not lawns: How to turn your yard into a garden and your neighborhood into a community (D Fell – 2011 – books.google.com)
- Four-season harvest: organic vegetables from your home garden all year long (HC Flores – 2006 – books.google.com)