A vegetable garden at your home could just be what you need to save money on your food bills. Growing your own vegetables saves the costly trips to the grocery store where they cost a fortune. Better yet owning a vegetable garden serves you with an endless supply fresh produce whose quality is almost guaranteed as long as you tend to your garden well.
Growing and taking care of vegetables is also a fun family activity in which every member can take part. So it’s a great way to spend your weekends and free time as a family doing something healthy and productive.
Choose a suitable location
Location is important in vegetable gardening. The location can be your backyard or a separate piece of land. If you are hard up for space, you can grow your vegetable on pots and containers which consume less space and you can even place them on your balcony.
It’s advisable to start small and grow the size of your vegetable garden with time as you get the hang of it.
The location must, however, have a reliable source of water nearby so that you can be able to produce throughout the year instead of relying on rainfall.
Also, the garden must have a proper drainage. Holding water for far too long or not holding water at all is detrimental to a plant’s growth and your vegetables will probably die if the drainage is not good.
The location should also have at least six hours of sunlight exposure. With the exception of kales and spinach which can thrive with less hours, most vegetables need up to 8 hours of direct sunlight to give any meaningful yields.
Design your garden
With location settled on, next you need to choose the type of vegetables you are going to plant and design your garden accordingly.
Different plants require different spacing and garden preparation. Follow the instructions given on the packets for the seeds and consult your local agricultural support office. The internet is another great place to get vegetable gardening tips.
Vegetables need a soil rich in moisture and humus to flourish. If the soil in your garden is not naturally fertile, you can enrich it by adding organic fertilizer and compost to it.
You can also pot fertile soil from elsewhere and add it to your garden. You will need a wheelbarrow for this if the site is not too far or a truck for long distances.
A wheelbarrow also comes in handing in moving your garden tools and inputs. See Wheelbarrows Reviews for guidance in choosing a wheelbarrow for your garden.
You will need to frequently water your garden during the dry season and if you have an indoor garden. Rainfall can suffice during the rainy season. Mulching helps retain soil moisture and regulate terrestrial temperature.
Weeds often choke vegetables and result into stunted growth and lower yields so it’s better to deal with them early before they become a menace.
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