Start your own fruit & vegetable garden

Start your own fruit & vegetable garden

Article by Fintan Duggan

Vegetable gardening can be a very rewarding experience. But if you’ve never had a vegetable garden before, the task can seem overwhelming. Here are several easy ways to start your first fruit or vegetable garden.

First, some vegetable gardening basics. Most vegetables need full sun, well-tilled soil, and the right fertilizers to bear fruit (or vegetables). Using the wrong soil enhancements will cause your plants to produce leaves and flowers, but little fruit. Most vegetables need long and deep water – water the roots, not the leaves. Pick your harvest regularly to encourage more fruit or vegetables. Finally, know when to plant, and when to harvest. This information will be found on the seed packet or the plant container. As you gain more experience, you will be able to rotate crops based on how early they mature.

One of the easiest ways to begin to grow vegetables is in a container. Buy your plant from a good nursery – don’t try and start with seeds. Select a planter large enough to hold the full grown plant, and fill with potting soil made for vegetables. Follow the directions on the plant container for watering and sunlight needs. Plants that do well in containers include tomatoes, strawberries, herbs, and peppers.

Another easy way to start a garden is to pick a few easy vegetables to grow, and start with plants, not seeds. You will need to choose a sunny area of your yard to prepare. Use a tiller to break up the soil, and add organic material if your soil has a lot of clay. Then, decide what plants you will grow. Once you know how big the mature plant is, you can figure out how many you can grow in the space you have prepared. Plants that are easy to grow include tomatoes, squash, peppers, herbs, cucumbers, and strawberries.

Trees and shrubs can also be an easy way to start fruit gardening. Again, you will begin with a plant. In this case, however, you need to take a little more time preparing the soil. Some berries, like blueberries, need a very acidic soil to grow well. Raspberries need a lot of space to grow and will usually multiple fairly rapidly. The easiest way to begin this project is to choose which fruit you want to grow, and research exactly what kind of soil and environment they need. Start with one plant or tree, and once you are growing that successfully, add another variety. Because you only plant them once, not year after year, the time you spend to plant them correctly will pay off in the long run. Plants to consider include apple or peach trees, or blackberry and raspberry bushes.

Seeds are usually more difficult to start a garden with than plants. But, there are some seeds that easier than others. Carrots, lettuce, and peas are all easy seeds to plant and harvest. You can plant the seeds directly in the ground, and keep them well-watered until they sprout. Thin according to the package directions, and harvest at the proper time.

There’s nothing better than fresh from the garden produce, and hopefully these ideas will help you start an easy vegetable (and fruit!)garden.

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