This year my sister and I are planning on helping with my mother’s vegetable garden. For years my mom has been growing vegetables in the summer so we can eat fresh veggies at BBQs and picnics. Oh how more delicious veggies taste when grown at home!
I have never grown my own vegetables. Except in when I still lived with my parents, I have never been in a stable place where I could be around long enough to see a garden out from sowing to reaping. This year, that will all change! But as a new gardener I am a little bit lost. Yes, my mother will help us out quite a bit. But my sister & I have been scouring Pinterest trying to find some helps from the blogosphere.
I did find a free site with an excellent vegetable garden planner, called Gardener’s Supply Company, were you can virtually plan out your garden based on your garden’s dimensions. The site also provides planting instructions for the plants that you have planned. I have found it really helpful!
The website for the Old Farmer’s Almanac has also been super helpful. Click here to read their guide for beginner gardeners. They have a garden planner tool as well, but there is only a free trial version, otherwise you have to pay to use it.
Here are my own beginner tips on planning your vegetable garden:
- Decide what sorts of vegetables you want to grow. What do you buy the most? There is not sense in growing something that you are not even interested in eating.
- Measure out the space of your garden. Are you growing them in the ground in the yard? Are you going to have a container garden? Raised beds? Make sure there is enough room for the plants to grow. The websites I posted above have great tips on how far apart to plant your seeds.
- Plan to grow your veggies in a place where there is enough sunlight.
- Some seeds should be planted indoors a few weeks before transplanting them outside once the frost is gone for the season.
- Have you though about composting? Vegetables tend to grow better in nutrient-rich soil.
- Some veggies grow better when planted near certain other veggies. Like tomatoes & basil. Click here to learn more about companion planting.
- Keep in mind how you are going to water the garden. Sprinkler? Hose? Watering can? Rain?
There is a lot of planning and work that goes into growing a vegetable garden. I hope that I am up for it.
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Please post some tips for me and other gardeners out there. How do you plan your vegetable garden? Are you much of a vegetable garden planner or do you just wing it?