Have you ever thought about growing vegetables in your own garden at home? Gardening is a popular hobby as it gives you fresh air and exercise as well as tasty food. Gardening is a great hobby for young and old alike and children will love helping out in the garden. This article will give you some top gardening tips to help you get started.
1. Decide what to plant
You may find yourself looking through seed catalogues and gardening websites and making elaborate plans for your vegetable garden. However it may be a wiser choice to start off on a much smaller scale. It’s best to keep experiments to a minimum at least when you first start out; only grow vegetables that you like and will enjoy eating. That way you will be more motivated to continue gardening.
Tomatoes are a good option to start with as they are easy to grow and take up little space. They can even be grown in pots on your kitchen windowsill if you don’t have much space in your garden.
2. Garden Size
Also consider the size of your garden as this will limit the number of crops you can grow. If your garden is large you may like to grow a wide variety of veg. However the average gardener has less space and might like to try four or five different vegetables to start with.
If you have a very small garden you may consider buying dwarf varieties of common vegetables as these will take up less space.
No matter the size of your vegetable garden though, make sure to choose a zero turn mower that is both compact and powerful. The reason for this is because it’s going to have to fit in the walkways between your crop beds and at the same time, is able to mow larger areas.
3. When to Plant?
It’s also important to consider how long each vegetable will take to grow. Consult the seed packaging to find out this information. It’s best to plan your garden during the winter months. You will then be ready to plant your seeds as soon as spring is here. However don’t worry if you haven’t done much planning, seeds can easily be bought and sown in the same weekend. Different types of vegetables need to be planted at different times of the year; with most being sown during spring or early summer.
You may like to stagger your planting throughout the season in order to get the greatest rewards from your crops. You will therefore need to consider how long each plant will take to grow. For example, cabbages are slow to mature and are likely to take up precious soil space all season.
4. Planting seeds
Sow your seeds as directed on the packaging. It’s often best to start your vegetables off inside on a windowsill or in a greenhouse as it will help them to germinate if they are in a warm place. Once your seedlings have grown, you can then transplant them to your garden.
5. Seedling Care
Remember to look after your seedlings careful as they grow. They are delicate at this stage and need nurturing. Water them daily and carefully clear away any weeds that grow around them. Continue this process as they grow and you will be well on your way to producing healthy vegetables.
Plants get their nutrients from the soil and therefore need to be fed. You may consider adding dung or seed weed to your soil to improve it’s quality.
Good luck with planning and growing your garden!
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