Planting a vegetable garden is much simpler to do than you may think. All you need is a decent patch of garden, some soil, vegetable seeds, gardening tools and you’re good to get started.
Learning how to grow your own vegetables has become a popular hobby for those looking to become more self-sufficient, as it allows you to get food from your own backyard, and know exactly where it came from.
Growing your own vegetable garden can also be very economical, as once you’ve paid for the initial costs of setting it up, you should be able to get years’ worth of produce that will quickly pay for itself and save you a ton of money on your grocery bills.
Getting started is the hardest part, but to help you out in your vegetable garden quest, here are some top essential vegetable gardening tips:
1. Start Off Slowly
You may have a picture perfect vision of how you want your vegetable garden to look like, but the chances are you will need to start off fairly slowly in order to not overwhelm yourself or go over budget. Pick a few vegetables you would like to grow the most, and create a plan of action of how you will grow them.
2. Choose Reliable Vegetables
Some vegetables are much more reliable and easier to grow for gardener beginners while others can require a more experienced set of gardening hands. Be honest with yourself on how knowledgeable you are on gardening and then try to pick a couple of veggies that match your gardening skill level.
3. Know What to Grow and When to Plant Vegetables
Many vegetables are only ready to harvest at certain times of the year, and so it’s important to plant and harvest your vegetables at the right time of year.
Easy to grow vegetables per season include:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Spring Onion
- Brussels Sprouts
- Silver Beet
- Sweet corn
4. Create Your Garden
How do you want to grown your own veg? Are you planning on creating a veggie garden through digging into your existing garden or do you want to create raised vegetables beds? Digging requires a lot of manual labor but it can be a bit cheaper than the supplies needed to create raised beds. However, a raised bed can often be easier to cultivate and can be a good way to prevent wildlife from eating your crop.
Decide how you want to create your garden, and then get stuck in. The most overwhelming part is starting, so the sooner you start the better. Creating your garden could just take a few hours or it could take you a couple of days depending on how ambitious your project is, so be prepared to dedicate some serious time into setting your garden up. Once you’ve sewn your seeds the hardest part is over and you should be able to quite literally reap the benefits of your hard efforts within a couple of months.
Starting a garden can take a lot of time, effort and planning, but should be more than worthwhile if it provides a steady and bountiful supply of fresh produce for you and your family to enjoy. Your vegetable garden should without a doubt save you money and help you live a more sustainable life – so why not grow your own food and start either planning or creating one today?!