Thinking of starting a garden? Then you really should consider growing vegetables. If you have ever tasted home grown fruit and vegetables then you will not have forgotten just how tasty they are, and you will know that supermarket produce is just not the same.
You can put a lot of energy into growing gardens and it always makes me wonder why so many people invest in this work and never grow anything they can eat!
Really, to me it seems wrong to grow great gardens and not a vegetable or fruit tree in sight.
Growing your own food gives you immense satisfaction which you probably won't understand until you DO IT. Growing a vegetable garden gives me exercise, time outside in the fresh air and connecting with nature. Whenever I don't feel well or am a bit down, I go straight to my vegetable garden and fruit trees, pull some weeds, plant some seeds, do some watering, or just cruise around the garden and I immediately feel better. Seriously, try it and you will see :)
Now there are many ways to grow your own fruit and vegetables, and choosing the method you use will depend on several factors. When starting a garden you will have to consider space, sunshine, soil quality, your strength and energy levels, monetary investment, and water availability.
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You can dig garden beds if you are growing vegetables in the ground, or you can build an above ground vegetable garden. Many people find no dig gardens to be fantastic, especially if you cannot dig the ground over or if the soil quality is very poor. You can also look into growing vegetables in containers if space is an issue and grow many fruits and vegetables in pots and tubs. So choose a vegetable garden design that is right for you.
Investing some money when you're starting a garden is inevitable but it needn’t be a lot either. When starting a garden make sure you have some digging implements, seeds and seed trays, manure and seaweed emulsion, a hose, some 6 foot stakes for tomatoes, and mulch. Probably the most expensive method is container gardening but you can buy them one or a couple at a time and spread the expense over months.
Composting all your kitchen waste and garden and lawn clippings is an essential part of this whole process. For one thing, you don’t want all that going into land fill! Secondly, all of those scraps and clippings, if composted become soil conditioner and fertilizer for your new gardens and pots.
When you are starting a garden, where you put the compost is an important part of your vegetable garden design.
If you are going to dig your beds and grow your produce
in the ground, then the very best method I have seen is the French
BioIntensive Method. Buy the book like I did: How
to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains,
and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You
This book contains all the vegetable garden plans you could ask for!
This is one method we used and as you can see from the photos to the right, our garden flourished. I also combine this method with some containers of herbs and dwarf fruit trees because we tend to move house a lot and I like to take my herbs with me. Also they can take up a lot of space in the veggie patch.
If you can’t fit in fruit trees, consider the vast array of dwarf fruit trees that are now available. Many of these can be grown in tubs and supply you with a decent amount of fruit when in season. You can also move them around if you need to chase the sun throughout the year.
When starting a garden you don't have to dig up the whole backyard. You can always start small and just get some punnets of lettuce seedlings and plant them in a container of rich organic potting mix, tuck a bit of mulch (I use sugar cane mulch) around them and water them every couple of days with a watering can.
Growing herbs in containers is another thing you can do easily. Buy some herbs to plant in pots. Use them to spice up your cooking. You will be amazed at the smell and taste of fresh herbs and they are full of nutrients – nature’s vitamin pills!
Always buy Non-Hybrid Organic Seeds if you are growing from seed. That way you can be sure they are not genetically modified and you can start to save your own seed for future crops.
Companion Planting is a must when growing vegetables so have a look at what this is all about and how I did companion planting in my vegetable garden.
So now you are fired up for starting a garden, take a look at my
vegetable garden tips.