Flowers can be beautiful, but there is something special about planting your own vegetable garden, even if it means you will still have to buy most of your vegetables. It gives you more of an appreciation regarding where vegetables come from and it is inspiring to watch them grow. Children especially enjoy the whole process, from the planting stage, to the first signs of life, to the final product. Here is how to plan a vegetable garden that is right for you.
Before you can move forward with anything else, you must establish how much room you have to work with. You might have a nice size yard, but you are not going to turn the entire thing into a vegetable garden. The same goes for a very small garden or yard. The size of your vegetable garden must be suitable for the overall outdoor space. Once you have figured out what you have to work with, you can start planning your garden.
Sun, Water, and Placement
In addition to having adequate space, your garden must also be located in a place where it receives at least six hours of sun a day if not eight. Vegetable gardens need lots of water, at least one inch of water a week. Ideally, the garden should not be too close to a tree because it will be robbed of its nutrients. Similarly, the closer a vegetable garden is to a house, the less chances wild animals will ravage it.
MAKE A LIST
Before you go to the nursery and start buying every vegetable seed you see, it is advised to make a list of vegetables you would like to grow in your garden (or in planter). Remember that not all climates are suitable for every vegetable and some are seasonal. Also, bear in mind that certain vegetables grow in very small quantities while others can take over your garden. After you have made the appropriate considerations and have chosen your vegetables, you are ready to shop!
Once you have your seeds in hand you need to make sure you have the right tools and supplies. In addition to soil you should get some compost, which will help grow your vegetables better. In terms of actual tools the basics are: a garden fork, a spade, a soaking hose, a hoe, a wheelbarrow (or bucket), and a hand weeder.