Learn How to Start a Garden to Grow Your Own Food

If you are fan home-grown vegetables and you can seem to get enough of the delicious taste, you should learn how to start a garden. In this way, you will be able to grow your own vegetables and fruits. You will save money, and you will also help the planet get even greener. Furthermore, you will be able to grow interesting flavors, always fresher than what you can get at a farmer’s market.

You should also teach your kids about gardening and they will not only become more responsible, but they will also feel more excited to eat vegetables. In what follows, we will provide a few tips for you on how to start a garden and grow your own food.

Choose a sunny spot

When you try to find the best spot in the garden to grow your vegetables, make sure it’s the sunniest. In this way, you will grow sweeter flavored chilies, tomatoes, carrots and onions. Your plants will be disease-resistant and stocky. If you decide to plant strawberries and salads, you should consider a spot with some shade. However, you can also create shade by building a wattle fence or a net.

In general, garden soils are fine for growing fruits and vegetables. However, you should consider extremes. For instance, if your soil is thin or full of stones, you should consider developing raised beds. Furthermore, another option would be to grow crops in large pots. Keep in mind the fact that clay soil is suitable for summer crops because it’s rich in nutrients.

Pay attention to snails and slugs

When planting vegetables and fruits in your garden, you need to make sure that your plot is clear and tidy. Get rid of all the leaves and weeds where mollusks can hide. It is best if you do not have a dense flower border near your veg plot and avoid growing long grass. Slugs and snails can hide there, starting some night raids on your crops.

If it’s possible, you can put a path between veg plots to make sure that the snails and slugs are visible either by you or by birds.

When weeds grow

Before starting to grow your vegetables, make sure that you have a weed-free plot. This would be the key to a successful and rich garden full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, you might struggle to fight a terrible war of attrition to prevent the veg plot from being engulfed. Choose for the non-chemical technique and pluck out weeds together with their roots as you dig.

If you notice perennial weeds, like couch grass or docks, spreading their deep and wiry roots, make sure you cover the soil. Use a doubled-up sheet of newspaper or card and a 2-inch mulch of compost. In this way, not even persistent weeds would regrow. However, this cover is soft enough to cut through it and start planting pot-grown fruits and veggies.

Vegetables growing in big wooden pots placed in the garden, near some flowers

Growing your own fruits and vegetables will help you save money and also save the planet.

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Since you want to grow your own food for a healthier alternative, you may also want to have a chemical-free garden. However, if you do not have the time to take care of it, it is best if you start developing a clean plot instead of failing and then giving up in the first year. You should know that the most powerful weed killers feature systemic glyphosate. This substance kills the weed down to its roots, breaking down into the soil without affecting other crops that will be planted there. Spray this substance on a dry day and make sure you reapply it soon.

Allotment

An allotment is any gardener’s dream if you have enough time to get rid of the weeds and tend it. However, before you commit, you need to make sure the plot is suitable. Make sure you choose a site which is near your home. Otherwise, you will not always be ready to drive to it. Furthermore, you also need to make sure that it will be close to a water supply. The area should also be near a drop-off point for manure deliveries.

It is best if you avoid shade-casting perimeter trees. Furthermore, you should also consider purchasing water butts, gutter or shed in case there is no water source near the plot. When choosing the plot, make sure it is the best decision. It is best to wait until you find one that it is close to your house instead of making a bad decision and give up to your gardening idea after a while.

Advice on growing the veggies

Specialists indicate that crop rotation is beneficial for your plots and veggies. However, you should know that crop rotation does not work on a small scale. Just try to avoid growing the same vegetables and fruits in the same spot two years in a row. It is best if you purchase veg plants instead of sowing your own.

Therefore, you should try cucumbers and melons. The same idea is useful for slow-starting seeds which necessitate a heated propagator to grow. If you want to grow aubergines and chilies, you need to consider buying veg plants because it will be easier for you to grow them and they will grow a lot faster.

When buying seed packets, make sure you do not start planting them earlier than recommended. Otherwise, your plants might have a weak start, and they may never recover. It is better to sow later or towards the recommended sowing window.

As a young gardener, make sure you develop your make-your-own-compost rule. All you will need are kitchen peelings, green prunings and lawn clippings. The compost will feed your fruits and vegetables and in turn, will feed you.

Summing up

Learning how to start a garden is not that complicated. You just need to make sure that once you are in this, you will not give up the new hobby. Therefore, you need to have enough time to take care of your crops and if you opt for an allotment choose an area that is near your home.

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William E. Eubanks
 

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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