Important Dos and Don’ts When Planting Your First Vegetable Garden

What often draws people to gardening is the thought of all the fresh vegetables they can have. This is a wonderful thing, to be able to grow your own produce and some vegetables are very easy to grow. However, there are also some mistakes that people tend to make when planting vegetables for the first time. Here are some important dos and don’ts to follow.

Dos:

Do choose a good planting location. To start with, make sure you are planting the vegetables in the right location. It is best that you start small, since that helps you better manage the space and choose a good location. You need to know about the types of vegetables you intend to plant first so you know if they need full sunlight or partial shade. Don’t try to plant too many vegetables at once, but stick to a few of the easy ones, like lettuce, peas and beans.

Do use the right soil. It is also good for beginners to understand what type of soil is best for vegetables. Typically, you want to have have a nice loamy soil  aiming for a combination of 20% clay, 40% sand, and 40% silt for plants to thrive in. Adding some organic matter and compost is a good way to enrich your soil making it unnecessary to do much feeding or fertilizing later in the gardening season.

Do extend your growing season and protect your more tender plants like tomatoes and peppers. Another good thing to do when starting a vegetable garden is to be prepared with some type of cover to protect your more tender plants when it starts to get cold. You may still have ripening fruit on the plants but it is going to get ruined due to the icy chill coming in. Throw some old blankets or sheets over them so they can still continue to ripen and grow.

Don’ts:

Don’t try to pack everything in. It is often tempting to use up as much garden space for fitting in lots of produce, but this isn’t always a good thing. Plants need adequate space to grow to their full potential and you need to be able to easily access the plants to keep them weeded and for harvesting. If things are too crowded and it is difficult to get around you are more tempted to just let things be and you end up with less of a harvest. You can use trellises to grow things up instead of out. This allows you to have vertical gardens with more vegetables, which will take up less space. Just make sure you have proper support for them when you try vertical gardening.

Don’t try to just wing it.  Planning your garden and what you will be growing helps for having success at growing your vegetables. Also there is lots of information out there and folks willing to help you out (join a local garden club) For Help go to www.GardeningForFoodsecurity.com

 

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