What should I do first now that I decide to plant a Vegetable Garden?
How to Plan Your First Vegetable Garden, will give you a lot to think about! Before You put pen to paper to map out your Garden Plan here are some things you’ll need to consider:
- What is My Purpose for having a Vegetable Garden?
- How much time can I devote to Gardening?
- What Style of Garden would be best for me.
- Learn how to work with the Climate in your area.
- Check your site to see what you have to work with!
These are not Questions to deter you from Gardening. They are Questions to help you enjoy Your Gardening experience to the fullest!
SO LET’S GET STARTED!
WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF YOUR GARDEN?
Did you know that nearly half of the families in the United States have a Vegetable Garden?
So, why DO they have the urge to Garden? Only you can answer that.
~ Some of the most popular reasons is to have fresh vegetables to eat, to preserve your Veggies for later use, or to share with family. All of these are great reasons!
~ Maybe you’d like to Save Money.1 Just to let you know, you will probably will spend more per/Squash the first year than you would if you bought it. But, just think how great it will taste!
~ You may want Vegetables that Taste Better. That is a BIG reason, and is one of the reasons I grow my own! When you grow your own, especially from seeds, you know what went into that Plant. No Chemical Pesticides or Fertilizers, only Natural Products. It does make you feel good to know what your are feeding your family.
~ Did you know that Vegetables grown and ripened on the vine have more Nutrients?
Just think about what Store Bought Vegetables go through before they reach your table!
~ They were probably Picked in another state, they may not have been fully ripe. Shipped on a Truck or Train, kept in storage while stores bid on them, and then were displayed in you local Grocery Store, all the while Loosing what little flavor they had!
~ Most of the Vegetables Varities are chosen by Growers, because they grow faster, grow bigger are bread to withstand shipping, and look good when you get them.
I’d like to tell you why I Garden
I can’t wait to get out there in the Spring, to feel the sun on my face. to smell the soil when I till the garden, to start my own seeds, to set them out in the spot I prepared for them. I LOVE To go out in the morning with my cup of Coffee and check all my little plants to see how they are doing. Best of All, I love to pick a Cherry Tomato and eat it right off the vine.
But, one of the Biggest Reasons, is that Gardening is a Stress Buster, no phones (leave yours in the house when you go out) no rush, no one to answer to.
I also feel in Touch With God, he did give us the First Garden you know, it was called Eden. Nothing can be Better Than That!
If this sounds like you, then read on. It will be a lot of work, but the rewards and the taste, will out weigh any work that you put into it.
How Much Time Do You Have For Gardening?
Well you’ve made the decision. Your a Gardener Now! I am so glad, Welcome the the Veggie Gardening Club.
~ Just to let you know you are pretty much on your own. What I mean is, You decided to garden, your family didn’t have the same Revelation that you did. Don’t worry though, when they see how being in the Garden makes you feel ( Relaxed and Stress Free) they just might want to join you. If that don’t work, just give them a taste of those Vine Rippened Tomatoes that you grew with your own hands. (Just give them one now, you don’t want to spoil them) they may help so they can eat more!
One last thing, flaunt your new Figure, you will certainly lose weight and be toned form working in your garden, and just look at the Farmers Tan you have, no tanning bed for you. That’s just some of the extra benefits of Gardening !
~ All joking aside, you will need to decide how much time you will be able to devote to your garden. Like I said you can’t count on help, so it’s up to you.
Gardening is work, I won’t lie about that, but it is some of the best work you’ll ever do.
~ If you don’t have a lot of time, you can always plant vegetables in a large flower pot. You may like the idea of a couple of Raised Beds, or start with a small Traditional Garden.
Just get you Your Hands Dirty, the Gardening Bug Will Take Over, it may even infect your whole family.
MOST OF ALL HAVE FUN!
Look What A Little Work Will Do!
Style of Garden
Gardening Style depends mostly on Space, Purpose and Health.
You’ll have to decide if you have the room for a Traditional Garden, if you want Rows or planting blocks if you want mulch or no mulch between rows for weed control. Make sure you have the time to take care of it. Don’t go too big and stress yourself out. You are out here to relax!
Ease of Use – Raised Beds may be the way to go if you have any Health Problems. With a Raised Bed you won’t have to bend down or get on your knees to weed or pick your Veggies.
Many factors contribute to giving you the Garden that is Best For You.
The Best thing to do would be to make a list of your main priorities. Purpose, land size and if you can take care of a large Garden or need to make it easier to care for because of Health Factors.
There is a way for everyone to have some sort of Garden, even if it’s a Container Garden. Think about what will be the best for you. Please read: https://thedownanddirtygardener.com/9-vital-tips-for…-us-show-you-how/
Make sure to check the Climate Zone Map for the first and last frost for your area !
The USDA, (United States Department of Agriculture) developed maps to assist people in finding the first and last estimated Frosts of the seasons. This is a very important guide. Make sure you check it BEFORE you set your plants outside!
One Last Thing! Observe Your Garden Site
- Check for ample Sun Light – Most Vegetable Plants require a full about 8 hours of sunlight per day for growth. You can observe the length of sunlight per day and chart it. Make sure the plants are getting direct Sunlight and not shaded by a tree.
- Water – Vegetable Plants require enough water to keep them moist, but not over wet or they will rot. If rainwater is not enough, you may need to add a drip hose that will slowly supply water to the base of the plant.
- What type of Soil do you have? – There are Three Basic Soil Types: Clay, Loamy or Sandy Soil. Finding out what you have to work with will make the difference between Garden Success or Failure.
These are some of the most important things that you can do to insure a Successful Vegetable Garden.
I will be writing on Types of Soil and how to amend them in my next Post.
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