Beginner Guide to a Vegetable Garden
Starting your own backyard vegetable garden is a great way to get fresh, delicious ingredients all year round and can be a great feature for any backyard. For some though, it can be a daunting task actually going out and starting it.
With this basic guide, it is really easy to start your own backyard vegetable garden and the best part is you don’t need a big backyard. There are a variety of ways that it can be put together.
Pick your Location
The amount of sunlight that the vege patch is able to get on a daily basis will determine what vegetables can be planted. For an area that gets 6+ hours of sunlight a day (on average), you can plant all different kinds of plants. However, there are a lot of plants that can be planted in areas of only partial sunlight.
Make sure the chosen location has easy access to water and has good quality soil or is able to have good quality soil added. The chosen location must also be big enough to hold the desired plants.
Determine Your Vegetables
Once you know your location and the amount of sunlight that it will receive you can determine what vegetables you want to plant. If the area gets little sunlight then lettuce, broccoli and beetroot can be grown whilst most root vegetables can do with only a few hours sunlight a day.
For areas that get a lot of sunlight, all vegetables can be grown. Popular choices include tomatoes and cucumbers.
Determine the Type of Planter
There are many different ways that you can plant your vegetables and it doesn’t always require huge amounts of space. If you don’t have the space in your garden but have a large enough veranda or balcony, then the garden can always be don’t in pots. This reduces the number of plants but nevertheless allows you to have them grow and each fresh vegies.
The most popular choice for this is the garden bed or raised garden bed. This involves making a rectangular shape using wooden planks and weed sheeting to create a closed off area for the plants to grow. Once the bed has been installed and filled with nutrient rich soil, the vegetables can be planted.
Plant the Seeds
Planting the seeds is a simple step and the only thing that needs to be remembered is to water them regularly. When planting the seeds, it is important that you turn over the soil to help aerate it and give the plant a chance to grow out into the soil.