Do you love the idea of growing your own organic vegetables but unsure on how to get started? Well then take a look at my top 10 tips to have you planting peppers, picking tomatoes, and be a gardening hub of information in no time. These tips are loosely based on information from this fantastic Garden Centre. Vegetable gardening for beginners can seem daunting but you can do it with these simple tips.
Vegetable Gardening For Beginners- 10 Tips To Start Off Right
My first advice about vegetable gardening for beginners is don’t put your vegetable garden near trees! The large roots soak up the majority of the nutrition from the soil and shade your vegetables, which need at least 6-8 hours of sun. Additionally, to optimise sun exposure, plant your rows running north to south, with the shortest crops at the front to avoiding shadowing as they grow.
Start off with a small plot
A small plot of land is always a better choice for beginners as it’s more manageable. A 16x20ft plot is about the maximum size you want to start with and you don’t want to planted too many different types of vegetables. Focus your attention on a small assortment of veg and you will prosper even with a limited knowledge of gardening.
Another important tip about vegetable gardening for beginners is to select easy-to-grow vegetable for your first attempt, such as tomatoes, squash, peppers and cabbage. Some food crops may grow better than others in your garden, so it’s advisable to check soil quality, climate and weather before planting anything.
Make sure you have all the necessary tools at your disposal. These include garden gloves, spading fork, rake, roe, hand cultivator, garden hose, shovel and wheel barrow.
Test your soil
Test your soil and make soil amendments if it doesn’t have the ideal PH and primary nutrients. If adjustments need to be made, avoid over using chemical fertiliser or use a non-pressure treated wood to line the bed.
Check frost dates
Customise your planting dates according to your local frost dates. Research the first and last frost date in your area if you’re not planting in a warm green house.
Remove weeds and other debris before sowing seeds. Keep garden vegetables from being spoiled by spreading a 1-2 inch layer of mulch (untreated by pesticides or fertilizers) around each plant. This will also help keep the weeds down.
Watering – not too much, not too little
Water your garden at least 1 inch of water per week; more during hot spells or particularly winding periods. However, don’t over water your plants and drown the roots as this will kill the crop. Here are some more detailed watering tips!
Humanely repel insects
To repel insects, one humane method is to grow vegetables with strong smells, such as garlic, onion and chive. This is called companion planting. Furthermore, remember to remove over mature crops as they may attract some pests.
Involve the family!
Gardening should be a family activity which everyone can get involved in! Have kids plant their first seed and watch their surprise when they pull it out of the ground fully grown!
With the right preparation, planting your own vegetable garden is straight forward and extremely fulfilling when it’s time to harvest your crop. A meal made from your own home-grown produce tastes just that little bit better in my opinion! I hope you found these tips on vegetable gardening for beginners helpful. Have you tried a vegetable garden before? Do you think you will give a vegetable garden a go this year?