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Beginning a Vegetable Garden by Stephanie Foster

April 21, 2010
Tomato plants in the garden.
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Planting a vegetable garden is a real delight. You get fresh produce, fresh air and light exercise. And it doesn’t require a huge back yard to do successfully. Even a small yard or deck is sufficient.

The first thing you need to do is figure out how much space you have for a vegetable garden. This will in part determine what you can grow. Some plants take more room or need more sunlight.

With your space considerations in mind you can start looking at the plants you want to grow. If you’re focusing on containers, tomatoes are a popular choice. Some people even hang them in a planter with a hole in the bottom, with the tomato plant hanging upside down out from the hole.

If you are planting your garden in the ground, you will want to be prepared to battle weeds. Start out by clearing all the weeds out before you start your garden. Get as many of the roots out as possible.

On the other hand, if you are starting from containers your main concern will be choosing appropriately sized containers. Your garden center professionals should be able to help you choose these as well as the appropriate potting soils.

Depending on how early or late you start, you may have the option of starting from seeds or heading over to the garden center to pick out young plants for your garden. Picking already started plants is much easier in many ways, and some centers guarantee the plants, so if they die you can get a refund or replacement.

Some of the work you will do for your garden will depend on your situation and what you want to do. If you want to go organic, starting your own compost pile is a good idea, provided you have the room. If you want minimal effort, you won’t want plants that need special attention. All plants need water, of course.

You will have to keep special watch on your plants when the hottest days of summer strike. A few hot days can cause your entire garden to wilt if you aren’t paying enough attention to soil moisture levels.

One of the best things you can do is to get your family involved. Even very young children can quickly learn how to harvest some vegetables, or help to set up the hose for watering.

There are few pleasures like fresh vegetables from your own garden. Veggies from the grocery store simply cannot compare. There’s also the simple pleasure of making plants grow. It’s an activity you can enjoy alone or with your entire family.

Stephanie Foster blogs at http://www.gardenmedley.com/ about the pleasures of gardening at home. Check her Home Vegetable Gardening ebook review to learn about a resource that can help you get started.

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