The Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable and Herb Gardening

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Why garden, you ask? How about enjoying the best vegetables and fruit you’ve ever eaten? If you’ve never tasted garden-fresh food, you will be amazed by the sweet, juicy flavors and vibrant textures. There’s absolutely nothing quite like fresh veggies, especially if you grow them yourself—which you can!

It may seem daunting at first, but gardening is a very rewarding hobby. On this page, we’ll highlight the basics of vegetable gardening and planning: how to pick the right site for your garden, how to create the right-size garden, and how to select which vegetables to grow. 

Most herbs are easily grown from seed. Plant your seeds indoors in shallow containers a month or so before the start of spring. Use a well-drained soil specifically designed for seedlings and make sure not to plant the seeds too deeply. As a general rule, the bigger the seed, the deeper you should sow them.

It Starts With The Soil

When starting a vegetable garden, it’s extremely important to purchase the right soil. You’ll need the soil to be soft, loose, and come with a lot of organic matter – which attracts earth worms. The creepy crawlers are very good for a vegetable garden because they act as tiny plows, letting air and water get to the roots of plants. When planting the garden, your soil should remind you of digging into cake mix.

Plan Before You Plant

It’s important to place your vegetable plants where you want them be before digging and planting. This will help you plan and visualize the layout of your garden. Be sure to give yourself room to walk! This small and simple trick will save you a lot of time in the long run.

Give Your Plants Room To Grow

Get to know what you’re planting. Certain vegetables need more room than others, and some grow deep and wide. Of course, be sure to protect your plants from insects with a simple orchard spray.

Cabbage

Cabbage is one of the most productive vegetables, based on square footage, that you can have in a garden.

Collards

Collards need a lot of space because they are a long-lasting plant, and they grow very large.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts grow very tall, so you’ll need to plant those near a fence or post in case they need support.

Ditch The Watering Can

It takes way too much time to individually water each plant. Get yourself a simple water hose, and spray your vegetables all at once. Tip: make sure not to add too much pressure; it should be reminiscent of a typical rainfall.

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