Beginner gardener? No problem! These vegetable gardening tips are going to help you and motivate you to start your vegetable garden this season.
I love gardening! I love reading about gardening, watching shows about gardening. Reading blogs about gardening. Anything gardening, I love it!
And if gardening is something you want to try out this year, then I’m your girl!
Today I want to share with you must-know vegetable gardening tips I’ve learned along my beginner gardener journey.
Let me clear when I say that everyone should try gardening at least once in their lifetime. There is something so amazing and relaxing about working in your garden and enjoying fresh picked vegetables.
Have you ever enjoyed vegetables so fresh that you can taste the warmth from the sun? The taste is so amazing you will forever be hooked on it!
Since discovering the joy of gardening, I had had the pleasure to share my happiness not only with me, but my family, friends, and readers.
Now, I am a beginner gardener myself because I am still learning from my beginner gardener mistakes that until this day I sometimes do!
You see, growing my fresh supply of vegetables, each year has helped me to improve my gardening skills.
Every year I work in my garden, I learn more and more about it. And if this girl can do this, you can too!
Many people find success each year each time they work their vegetable gardens thanks to hands-on experience and researching.
Now don’t let this discourage you from starting your vegetable garden because I am here to give you these vegetable gardening tips to help you succeed this gardening season my friends!
Hey, these helpful gardening tips are from the pros!
Check USDA Hardiness Zone
Before starting your vegetable garden make sure that you know your USDA Hardiness Zone to know which plant will survive in your area.
Understanding the USDA Hardiness Zone is very simple so please don’t feel intimidated by it. All you have to do is find where you live on the map. You can even key in your zip code, and it will show your state.
I live in Pennsylvania, and it can go up from 5a to 7b in our state. This is followed by tracking where I live in my state and is 6b!
Amend Your Soil
Many people are lucky to have a high supply of rich topsoil where they live. Having a rich amount of topsoil where you live might not be possible, and this might lead to a bit of a struggle.
Heavy clay, rocky soil, sandy or other types of soils are not ideal conditions to grow your garden. As a beginner gardener, it is essential to understand each type of soil and what they represent when starting your home vegetable garden.
Type of soils:
Each of these soil types presents different challenges ranging from retaining too much water (or not enough) to being devoid of the essential nutrients plants need to survive and thrive.
For example, if you have heavy clay soil and you just dig a hole in the ground and plant a plant into it, chances are good that the plant won’t make it.
The heavy clay around your plant will act like a bathtub whenever it rains, which means your plant will be forced to sit in a pool of water with nowhere to drain.
Before planning, the first step you need to do is knowing and identifying the type of soil you have and what are the proper steps to amend the soil.
Amend soil resources:
Growing Vertically Is the Way To Go
The beauty of growing your garden is that you can take advantage of vertical space. And how does one do this? By utilizing fences, trellises, and other structures that help keep your plants off the ground.
Growing your vegetable garden vertically has many benefits, and those are the following:
- You can grow more food in less space
- You can use this method when you have limited space
- Reduces weeding time
- Makes it easier to harvest your vegetables
- It creates more room in your garden
- minimizes plants damages from pets and other critters
- Reduces plant deceases
As you can see from the above list, there are many benefits of growing your garden vertically and by doing it this way no only do you save space, you can save time harvesting and weeding.
It is also healthier for the plants as they won't be touching the ground and will lead to better circulation about them.
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- Home Gardening For Beginners
- 6 Indoor Gardening Mistakes Beginners Should Avoid
- Vegetable Garden Salad Fresh From Your Garden
Companion Planting is Important
Want to increase the yield of your garden? Then companion planning is the way to go!
Companion planting is all about planning and by doing this will maximize the efficiency of your vegetable garden. Knowing which plant benefits another one is not as hard as you might think thanks to the internet.
Seriously, this is how I learned to do this.
Did you know that basil and tomatoes grow well together?
Many plants when planted together are beneficial to one another. For this reason, grouping them together when you plant your garden make sense. So what are the befits of companion planting?
- Add nutrients to the soil
- Helps control pests
- Increases productivity
- It improves flavor
There are many other benefits regarding companion planting, but the top four should be enough reason to help you and motivate you to start companion planting.
Don't fear gardening if this is your first time. I didn't think I was going to be able to grow anything when I first started my garden.
Take these four vegetable gardening tips you have learned in this post, and you will be able to grow your own food this season.
Even years later I am still evolving as a gardener and so are my skills. Thanks to applying these vegetable gardening tips each year I have been able to grow more healthy vegetable in my small garden.