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You can get the freshest produce by planting your own vegetable garden. It’s also very economical to grow your own food. An average family spends a considerable chunk of their budget each year buying vegetables. Growing your own veggies will not just save your hard-earned money but will also help you get on a healthy diet. But the question is—How to grow vegetables successfully? If you are new to gardening, then here are some tips to help you get started. Read on—

  • Choose a good location for your garden

It is crucial to choose the right location for your garden. A substandard location could lead to substandard vegetables. Here are some tips to help you choose a great place to grow your veggies—

—Vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day. So, choose a sunny place.

—Make sure the soil drains well and doesn’t remain wet. If your soil shows poor drainage, you can plant vegetables in a raised bed for improved drainage. Wet soil can lead to rotten roots.

—You should avoid places where strong winds could cause damage to your plants or prevent pollinators from performing their duty. You should also avoid a place where there is too much foot traffic, flooding or other problems.

—Your soil is what feeds your plants. Poor soil will result in unhealthy plants. To help your plants grow, add plenty of organic matter.

Choose the right vegetables to grow. Here is how to do it
—Only plant those vegetables that you and your family like to eat.

—Be realistic about the amount of vegetables that your family can eat. Growing too much or too little won’t help.

—Try to grow what’s not easily available on the market or what costs a lot. You can also grow veggies that taste better when grown at home.

—You should be prepared to care for your plants during the growing season. So, avoid the temptation to take a vacation when your summer plants are growing.

—Only pick the highest-quality seeds.

—Always decide which products to include depending on the local climatic conditions, space available, and your expertise. It may be a good idea for new gardeners’ to start with simpler crops like beans, cucumbers, and peppers.

  • Preparing the soil
    To condition your garden soil, you can mix natural fertilizers and compost. You can also buy specially prepared soil in whatever quantity you require.
  • Planting the seeds
    Avoid planting all the seeds at once as the growing conditions and ripening times vary depending on the season and the plant. Some seed packets come with dates for planting. You can follow them. Whether you take expert advice, consult a friend/relative or do your own internet research, make sure you know what directions to follow while planting different seeds.
  • Watering veggies
    Spray the garden gently with water throughout the growing season to ensure that the soil remains evenly moist. Get a spray nozzle to attach to your hose and gently mist your garden. For watering, create a daily routine as veggie roots are shallow. An inch of watering should do.
  • Fertilize whenever you feel the need
    To keep the soil’s richness intact, lightly till it using your hands, and then fertilize. You can purchase ready-made fertilizer or create your garden fertilizer from ingredients such as eggshells, Epsom salt, fish tank water, etc.

Other considerations to keep in mind—

  • Don’t let weeds grow

Mulching is one of the best ways to stop weeds. To prevent weeds from overtaking your crops, add a layer of organic mulch between 2 and 4 inches to your garden. To remove any weeds in your garden, reach down and uproot them.

  • Your plants need space

Do not overcrowd your seeds while planting. Seeds need proper spacing between them. However, the amount of space needed varies from plant to plant.

Why create a home veggie garden, you ask? What about the chance to eat the freshest vegetables you have ever tasted? Garden-fresh foods are a wonderful way to enjoy the fresh, sweet flavours and vibrant textures of vegetables. Fresh vegetables are the best, especially when you can grow them yourself.

Although it may seem overwhelming at first, you will learn with time. Besides, gardening can be a rewarding hobby for anyone. And now that you understand the basics of vegetable gardening, there is no reason why you shouldn’t get your hands dirty this season.