The importance of growing and eating organic is ever increasing. The amount of chemicals that are found in our food supply is quite astounding. For this reason and many others more and more people are opting to grow their own foods at home, especially vegetables as they are hardy, easy to grow, and a dietary staple. Whether you have ample garden space or a small patio with pots you can grow a few basics vegetables to improve your diet and add some flavour back into your food.
Firstly, start small! Many people get overly ambitious and attempt to grow all their favourite veggies at once, however it is wise to start small with only a few plants and then grow from there. When choosing where in your garden to plant look for a sunny location. Vegetables need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day and the more they receive the better, yielding you a more fruitful harvest. Also plant in good soil, use a soft soil that has been enriched with the needed nutrients. Be sure that you have proper drainage set up, especially if you are planting in pots. You do not want the water to sit on top as this can cause mould and rot. When you are selecting your seeds be sure that you buy quality seeds. Spending a little bit more on your seeds can go a long way, meaning you will be more richly rewarded when it is time to harvest.
Another thing to consider when planting your vegetable garden is the placement of the vegetables regarding each other. Crops that will be larger should not be too close to small plants that they will over shadow. Of course, those with a larger root system should not be planted in spaces or pot too small.
Do research on what vegetables grow best in your area, take a look at your local farmers market and see what crops are doing the best and of course take into consideration what season is best to grow them in. This way you will not be disappointed, if you plant the right seeds are the right time and take proper care of them you will no doubt be successful. There are many vegetables that are easy to grow and are great for beginners. Such as: tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, lettuce, carrots and radishes. If you are unsure where to start perhaps select one or two from that list and go from there. Remember to be aware of bugs and animals as well. Rabbits love a good vegetable patch and bugs will quickly devour any progress your plants may make. Be alert to these and know the warming signs so that you can quickly and easily stop them if need be.
Growing a garden should be an enjoyable hobby, one that relaxes you and brings you joy. When you see the fruits of your labour your will no doubt be proud of all that you have accomplished. So, start planting now and see what you can do!