How To Make a Vegetable Garden

Building your own vegetable garden is a quite rewarding process.  It adds an amount of ‘green’ to your life that few other activities can.  The time that you spend with your veggie garden will provide time to reflect on a totally different set of problems than your average day.  When I say problems, I don’t mean catastrophic ones more like issues that you get to resolve by thinking and trial/error.

A vegetable garden needs to be in a full sun location.  There are very few veggies that need shade.  My summer veggie garden usually consists of my staple easy-to-grow plants and then a few experimental ones that I have either not tried before or had mixed success with in the past.  My easy plants are tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beans, broccoli, and peppers.  Some of my most recent experiments were with kohlrabi, onions, and lettuce.

In order to make a vegetable garden you need space, water, time, and sunlight.  With this cocktail of ingredients there should be some crop that you can have success with.  Depending on your location in the world, there are different plants that thrive.  The space where you choose to grow your garden is up to you but should not be too big.  It is easy to overestimate your ambition early in the year.  If this is your first attempt, I would suggest something the size of two queen sized mattresses.  A further suggestion is to not make it a square.  Rows of crops are great but having to walk through the garden to access a part of it is hard on the plants.  Water will need to come to your garden approximately one inch per week.  If you aren’t getting regularly scheduled rains, you may need to run a hose.

your plants can come from a garden center already six to ten inches tall.  This is the easy way to get going with a veggie garden.  I choose to start from seed for nearly all of my summer garden.  This is because some of my favorite plants are not available from the garden store.  I order seeds from a catalog in the late winter.

In April I begin the season by filling trays with seed starting soil and plant the seeds.  This gives them a warm (indoor) environment to sprout within.  By time the last frost is past I can gradually introduce them to outside factors like wind, the lack of normal temperature, and full sun.  Transplanting these plants outside provides me with the knowledge that I had a hand in their development from seed to tasty vegetable.

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