Vegetable Gardening
The Basics



Our vegetable gardening tips and step by step instructions cover all phases for your backyard garden project. You will find specific how to information for your individual needs. Regardless of how much space that you have, how much you already know, and how much time you can commit, there are methods here for you to achieve your goal.

Starting is fairly simple but can be somewhat intimidating for anyone new to gardening. You can begin growing your own food regardless of where you live and how much space you have. I encourage you to start.

Before starting your vegetable gardening project the first time, you should always do your planning. Proper planning will ensure you plant for success in quantities that you can adequately maintain. Planning will minimize the effort required for your gardening success. Here is information on planning for successful vegetable gardening There are many books, guides, and other references devoted to vegetable gardening that will help you with this task.

Beginners should start small and plan their new project accordingly. You can expand later if you are new to gardening or intimidated or unsure of the whole thing. Do not plant what you don’t eat. Newbies tend to get excited and can bite off more than they can chew. Seeds are cheap and the first buy at the local nursery can end up with way more seeds than you should attempt your first time out. This can end up be overwhelming and disheartening.

I suggest starting with a few common vegetables that your family eats. Tomatoes are a great way to start. They have a lot of uses and recipes available and offer a pretty high likelihood of success for your first attempt. Learn and grow as you go. When choosing vegetables, pick ones that are more easily grown, suitable to your area, and only those you actually will use.

After you decide on what you are going to grow, you will then focus on site and soil preparation. Generally, it is recommended that your soil be prepared during the fall and left in a semi-rough state until spring, when it should be worked into a more suitable condition for growing plants. If you find yourself deciding to garden in the spring you don’t need to wait until next fall to prep the soil and put off starting your vegetable gardening until later.

Now that you have planned, selected and prepared your garden site, you will be ready to plant. Proper planning will have answered the following questions

What vegetables should I plant?

How much should I plant?

What gardening method will you use for your garden project?

If you are lucky enough to have the space and time to attack your new project in a larger scale, planning becomes even more important for success.

If you have never had your own garden, I cannot begin to tell you how rewarding it can be. It can be a wonderful family project to working together. I spend most quality time with my grandchildren in the garden. They love to help with the planting and picking.

You will also be amazed at the quality and flavor of your own fresh and healthy home raised vegetables. I welcome you to contact us with any questions we can help with. I would also welcome you to participate in our new Blog to interact with others involved in home gardening.

Happy Gardneing!