26 Aug 5 Things to Consider When You Start a Vegetable Garden
If you have never grown vegetables before you will soon discover that the work is labour intensive, but also very rewarding. Certainly when you start to learn about how to vegetable garden there is no real difference between this and growing herbs or flowers.
Although if you want to achieve the right results you still need to do it properly and planning is key. In fact when it comes to growing your own vegetables you need to start planning everything even before you start to prepare the soil. There are certain factors that one needs to take into consideration and below we look at what some of these are.
1. Local Climate
You need to be aware that different vegetables prefer a different type of climate in which to grow. For example green leafed vegetables such cabbage and brussels sprouts grow better where it is cooler whilst tomatoes, aubergines (egg plants) prefer the climate to warm and sunny.
2. Garden Location
Another thing you need to think about is the position where the vegetable garden is going to be located. Ideally it needs to be somewhere that gets sufficient amounts of sunlight each day but where the soil is good and water can drain away from it easily. Plus consider putting some sort of protective fencing around the area in order to prevent animals such as rabbits or dogs from getting access and damaging the vegetables you are growing.
3. Garden Equipment
It is important that you make sure that you keep all the equipment you need within easy reach of where your vegetable garden is located. Remember gardening is hard work and you don’t want to have to spend too much time having to move away to get the implements you need to work on yours.
4. Plant Size
After deciding on where your vegetable garden is to be sited you next need to decide what sorts of plants you are going to grow. Again the size of your garden will determine what it is you grow. If you only have a small amount of space for your vegetable garden then choose vegetables which don’t require too much space to grow. Plus the taller sorts of plants such as runner beans, sweet corn etc., can be placed at the rear whilst smaller ones at the front. This also ensures that all plants are getting enough sunlight each day to help them grow.
5. Year Round Planting
If you want to ensure that you have fresh vegetables all year round then you need to ensure that you plant those which grow during specific times of the year. If you are unsure what vegetables grow best throughout the year there are plenty of books along with websites that can offer advice on this subject.
Above we have taken a look at some of the important things to take into consideration before you start growing your own vegetables. If like many others you are just learning how to vegetable garden there are plenty of books and websites that can offer you information and help to get the best results possible. However, don’t expect to see results straightaway it could take several months before the soil in which you grow your vegetables is of a quality to produce some truly great tasting plants for you to enjoy.