Deciding to learn how to grow a vegetable garden can be one of the most fulfilling, beneficial as well as fun endeavors you could undertake. Some people are very likely to counter that statement, but they’re the same ones who pay full-price for commercial vegetables and don’t even know if the produce is totally organic or healthy. Imagine lush, leafy greens or fresh, ruby red cherry tomatoes that’s fresh out of the garden-right there and just in time for dinner.
If you want to know how to grow a vegetable garden, there’s a wealth of information both online and in physical literature (e.g. home and garden magazines). “Why not in a quick article?” you might be asking. Because there are dozens of variables: dozens of different crops to grow, what time of the season they perform optimally, what caveats are associated with each crop and so forth. But let’s take a minute to lay down the pretty universal rules and guidelines for vegetable gardens.
Designate a plot that’ll best accommodate your garden
The soil, arguably, is the most important element when constructing any kind of garden. Crops and other plants prefer a soil type called “sandy loam”. Also, a perfectly balanced pH level (or the level of acidity or alkalinity) for the majority of food crop is about 6.53.
Not sure how to use (or even where to find) a pH level indicator? Your local garden shop or even anywhere that sells very basic chemistry sets will have one. The instructions should be very self-explanatory because it’s a very simple test-basically the same as taking your temperature, only for dirt this time.
Different crops sometimes require different seasonal conditions
Time zones-or different regions of the world based on time and position of the sun-also affects different crops within different zones. Most have a “preferred” climate. In general, seed packages let you know which zone that specific plant flourishes in the most. However, if your vegetable garden will reside in an area that’s shaded by the sun during the morning and/or in the afternoon, this will usually affect what the manufacturer claims-and it’ll affect it in a negative way. Because-of course-plants must have sun to flourish.
Yet other factors have to be accounted for when you’re looking to learn how to grow a vegetable garden. If your part of the country receives more moderate to heavy winds than not (e.g. Chicago, Dodge City, Amarillo, Rochester [Minnesota]), you’ll need to ensure your crops are sufficiently protected against it. Consider some sort of “buffer”, be it natural (perhaps a line of hedges) or man-made (e.g. a higher wooden fence).
Furthermore, it’s pertinent to observe a set watering schedule with your vegetable garden. Excessive water may have a drastic effect on it, and not enough water will have equally as devastating results. When you finally have the hang of how to grow a vegetable garden, you’ll then see how much it was worth it. Just thank me later.