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Vegetable Gardening Guide: Healthy Crops for Healthy Homes

By Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

A lot more homes are growing their own vegetable gardens today, as awareness about the health benefits of home-grown organic vegetables spreads throughout the world. In growing a thriving vegetable garden, you have to consider several factors: seeds, soil, sunlight, and water. The right combination of these four elements is essential in growing healthy and flavorful vegetables your family can enjoy. Most gardening resources would have more information about the different kinds of seeds and soil that go well together. With this vegetable gardening guide, you can enjoy the various benefits of being able to harvest your own produce from your own backyard.

Starting your vegetable garden requires that you have at least the basic information about gardening, everything else that you need can be learned along the way. In the meantime, take a look at this vegetable gardening guide for some quick tidbits about the four essentials of vegetable gardening:

1. Seeds – the best way to grow your vegetable garden is by planting the seeds directly in your garden soil. Some people prefer to buy already growing plants from the gardening store. This is fine too, but you would have to watch out for pests that you might be spreading to the other crops in your garden. A good tip in starting your own vegetable garden is to choose produce that are easy to grow and not too delicate. Try your hand at simple crops first and then move on to those that require more attention after you have gained some experience. Check out the seed catalogs for care instructions as well as recommended growing conditions before deciding which ones to purchase for your first vegetable garden project. Remember that being in season differs in planting terms and harvest terms. You have to plant your seeds at the right time so that your vegetables will be ripe and ready by harvest season. Time your seeding properly to have a rotation of crops throughout the year.

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2. Soil – you have to prepare your soil properly according to the seeds that you are planting. Tilling the soil and weeding, one bed at a time, during the fall and in between plantings is recommended. Soil that is rich in organic materials and micro organisms are also best for growing vegetables. On some occasions, you might consider putting in some compost or manure into your soil for healthier organic composition. Increasing the amount of organic matter in your soil is a good way of boosting its ability to hold water. After you have had your garden for a number of years, you might need to send in some soil samples to check for acidity levels. This should help you decide on whether to adjust your soil’s acidity level for the vegetables that you want to grow or switch to another crop choice that would grow best in your soil’s acidity level.

3. Sunlight – any vegetable gardening guide will tell you that your plants need sunlight to grow healthy and more productively. Without enough sunlight, your plants might not bear any crops at all. Check that no obstructions are blocking the sunlight from getting to your plants at certain times of the day. There are plants that can withstand high temperatures, but there are those that need only a little bit of sun and grow best under a partial shade. The same goes for winter months when the drop in temperatures might not be conducive for certain crops to grow. Situating your garden in areas where your vegetables get just the right amount of sunlight is absolutely important.

4. Water – generally, you have to feed your plants with water every week, or every couple of days during hotter weather. A good vegetable gardening guide to use is putting in about an inch or two of water every week depending on how much water your soil holds. Different types of soil would have different water retention properties. Sandy soil would not usually be able to hold water and should, therefore, be watered more often. Mulch is often used in soil types that do not hold much water as a way to give the plants the moisture it needs. The water levels for different plants could also vary. You have to be guided accordingly so that you do not underwater or over water your plants.

Mastering these four elements can be difficult without a guide. There are loads of resources that you can find online and offline to help you grow healthy produce for the whole family. All you have to do is look for it or ask for it from garden shops or expert gardeners in your neighborhood.

Tilling the soil and weeding, one bed at a time, during the fall and in between plantings is recommended. Soil that is rich in organic materials and micro organisms are also best for growing vegetables.

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