How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

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<p>How to Plant a Vegetable GardenMany vegetables are easy to grow and by learning to plant a vegetable garden, in a small space, you can grow many herbs and vegetables, and use these fresh vegetables for cooking.</p> <p>The job of creating a vegetable garden needs some planning and research. The two important questions to ask is 'what to plant' and 'when to plant'. By figuring out the right plants and the right time to plant them, you have completed an important step in starting a vegetable garden procedure. It is important you consider plants which are compatible with each other, which means don't inhibit each other's growth. Also, figure out what is the right time to plant these crops. Make groups of plant according to the season they should be planted and grow them accordingly. Here are useful tips and tricks, that will help you plant different vegetables and enjoy home grown fresh vegetables for cooking and eating.</p> <p>How to Grow a Vegetable Garden?</p> <p>Selecting the SiteThe best way to plant a vegetable garden is to select site, which is the sunniest and brightest in the yard. If you can't find such a spot then find the next sunniest spot, however, avoid any areas which are too shady as only leaf crops can grow in limited sunlight. If you don't have enough space in your yard, then make groups of plants which can be grown on a patio or deck using container gardening. Many hanging plants which can grow on limited sunlight are a great choice.</p> <p>Choosing the Right Plants to GrowAs this is your first time growing a vegetables garden, pick lesser than average number of seeds of the vegetables, so that you don't run out of space. Select the varieties that grow and mature and yield to the region, and pick seeds of vegetables that you and your family would like to eat. If you are in doubt then seek advice of local master gardener or a certified plant nursery person.</p> <p>Timing the PlantationIt is important that you pick the vegetables according to the season for gardening. Vegetables which come earliest in spring season are rhubarb, lettuce, asparagus and radishes. Vegetables that you can store in your basement, and grow in winters are potatoes, carrots, squash, parsnips, etc. For summer sweet corn, beans, peas, beets, cauliflower, tomatoes are appropriate. So do a little research on the vegetables which can be grown in the respective season, and pick the vegetables which you and your family would like to eat.</p> <p>Preparing the SoilOnce you have made the selection of vegetable seeds, prepare the soil. Add generous amounts of organic humus to the existing soil. Peat moss, compost and well rotted manure or processed manure are good forms of organic humus, which can be added to the existing soil. Then mix the humus thoroughly in the soil, and you are ready to begin the planting.</p> <p>Planning the LayoutThe planning should be done considering two important factors. First is to plant the crops which don't inhibit each other's growth, and the second important factor is to allow appropriate space between each group of vegetables and keep appropriate space between each individual plant. Plant the medium-sized crops like cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, cabbage, etc., in the middle of the vegetable garden. Then at the very southern end you should plant the low growing crops like carrots, beets, lettuce, onions, radishes, etc. Form trays for groups of vegetables, and plant the groups in these trays. To understand the individual distance between the plants, refer to the seeds packages. The seed packages will tell you the exact distance that needs to be maintained between seeds while planting.</p> <p>These were the steps that will help you start a vegetable garden. So, use the above guidelines and make the right selection of vegetable to start your very own vegetable garden!Garden Care</p> <p>Do you dream of having a garden of your own, but hesitate to fulfill it because of the hassles that you might face in maintaining the garden? If yes, you're probably caught up with a serious misconception because taking care of your home garden is certainly not a very difficult or labor intensive job to do. You just need a little bit of research, planning, patience and some vital tips that might lead you to a well maintained garden.</p> <p>Vital Aspects of Garden Care Knowing your garden is the first and foremost step in keeping your garden free from all the potential problems. Knowing the garden means you must be aware of the kind of soil it has got, the pH level, water retention capability and the chemical composition of the soil etc. Apart from it, you must check out how much amount of water is available at your disposal, and whether you have a regular access to water or not, as it really might be a distasteful experience to find no water supply when your plants need it the most. Also, you must have a proper planning as to what kinds of plants you would like to grow in your garden, and which particular areas would be the best to be allotted to different plants. Protection of plants is a yet another vital issue that usually gets unnoticed by people until their plants are in acute danger and need immediate protection. This protection might be from a number of adverse factors affecting your plants negatively, including pests, insects, diseases and bad weather. Regularity in garden care and maintenance is very essential, as your plants are living beings like your own kids who are solely dependant upon you for everything they need right from their food to protection. You can't expect your plants to grow healthily and safely if you look at them once in a month and forget them for the rest of the days. Like every other living being, your plants need your proper attention, love and care. At regular intervals, keep spraying disinfectants and pesticides at your plants. A spray in time might be helpful in preventing any potential disease or pest attack that might have caused a lot of damage to your garden until you would have cured it after the attack. Also, some kinds of pests are more likely to attack during different weathers, so try to know about them from trustworthy resources around you and apply advance spray before the potentially dangerous period. At last, but not the least, never hesitate consulting the useful resources about gardening. These resources might include the flower nurseries around you, fellow garden owners in the town, agriculture experts, valuable books, and also the Internet, wherein you might find experts from every corner of the world eager to help you out whenever you find yourself and your garden in trouble.Preparing Soil For GardenThe right preparation of soil for your garden will make it blooming with flowers. Also you can soothe your eyes with lashing greenery overthrown everywhere.</p> <p>Chemical FertilizersSo you have given the desired form to your garden and now relishing its beauty. It is quite logical that your hard-labored dream-paradise is quite dear to you not to speak about those who are devoted to it.</p> <p>Garden DecorationWorking in your garden can help you stay connected with Mother Nature, while spending leisure time in the place can help you de-stress yourself</p> <p>Climbing IvyAre you bored of the dull look of your garden wall or fence? Do you want to revamp it? If yes, then climbing ivy can be the best way to do it.</p> <p>Making TopiariesTopiaries are basically the decorative shapes in garden made by clipping or trimming shrubs. They are a common feature in most of the gardens now.</p> <p>Natural FertilizerIf you want to increase the quality of the soil in your garden and provide better nutrients to the plants grown therein, making use of fertilizers is a good option.</p> <p>Planting A Vegetable Garden</p> <p>Planting a vegetable garden is an important issue for any person who wishes to have natural food at ones disposal for consumption and storage. In fact, people who dream to have vegetables from own garden on table are recommended to take a piece of advice from skilled gardeners and proceed implementing these idea into practice.There are many advantages inplanting a vegetable garden, among them being: opportunity to control the amount of chemical components (if any) in vegetables; availability of fresh vegetables brought from garden for eating or storing; possibility to save money (no necessity to purchase vegetables at groceries) and a lot of others.Planting vegetable gardens is not usually connected with spending a lot of time and energy. It encompasses several stages. First of all, it is important to draw a sketch planning your future garden and prepare soil. The next stage includes placing seeds in soil and/or planting seedlings. Since this time your main task is to provide permanent care for the garden, exercise control and prevent weed growth. If you keep to these instructions soon you will taste own vegetables.1. Planting Your Vegetable GardenEvery person who wants to start gardening is supposed to begin with its proper dislocation. Vegetables need direct sunlight during 5-6 hours daily in order to become ripe. Correct location of your garden will help avoid disappointment and gain success in growing high-quality vegetables.Preparing room for your garden mainly depends on the amount and sorts of crops you wish to harvest every year. For instance, a family consisting of four members will need not less than 3 meters of each row of planted crops. So, if you wish to grow ten different sorts of vegetables, you will need quite a lot of place.Planting andgrowing vegetablesrequires certain experience. It is recommended to plant small number of vegetables in order to understand the whole process better and gain sufficient experience.It must be mentioned that planting a vegetable garden might not need so much open place if you endeavor planting crops in containers. This is considered to be a reliable alternative for people who do not have lands at their disposal.2. Making Soil FertilePreparing fertile soil is known to be the key issue ofplanting a vegetable garden. This includes digging (before planting); adding soil organic fertilizers (to provide more nutritive elements for plants) and others. Good quality of soil is one the most important factors that directly influences future crops.3. Planting VegetablesPlacing seeds is the most important procedure when planting a vegetable garden. At first, dig a row for placing seeds. Then, cover seeds slightly by soil in order to make them grow faster. Planting seedlings involves making small holes in rows. Carrots, red beets, parsley, cucumbers, beans, peas etc. grow from seeds; tomatoes, peppers are better planted as seedlings. You need to water seeds and/or seedlings thoroughly after planting has been finished.Thus,planting a vegetable gardenis a rewarding activity helping become closer tonatureand grow healthy green diet products.How Do I Become a Vegetable Grower?</p> <p>Anyone looking to become a vegetable grower should begin by looking into local supermarkets and cooperative markets (co-ops) for what people in his or her area are looking to buy. A person who wants to get into vegetable growing for profit should find out what is in high supply and what is in high demand in the local region, so that he or she might fill a need that is otherwise not being met. Then the person who wants to become a vegetable grower should begin to get the necessary supplies and materials needed to actually begin growing the vegetables.Someone who is working to become a vegetable grower should be sure to find the space to grow all the desired vegetables. This may be a field purchased or rented for use, or land on his or her property. The potential grower may wish to raise only organic vegetables and so should try to find a region where there may be fewer insects and other animals that will try to eat the burgeoning crops. While there areorganic pesticidesthat can be used and still keep foods safe, the less need for such measures the easier it will be for the grower.</p> <p>The person looking to become a vegetable grower should also figure out what vegetables and herbs can be most readily grown when the grower is ready to start working. Not all vegetables can successfully be grown at all times of year in all climates, so the grower needs to be sure that he or she gets the proper seeds to start growing as soon as possible. Local nurseries, major hardware stores with a garden department, and other large wholesale stores with garden departments are all great sources for the gardening tools, watering systems, and other supplies needed to become a vegetable grower.Along with water, soil is one of the most important things for growing plants. If the local soil is not particularly rich withnutrients, a new grower might consider buying a number of bags of soil to mix in with the ground soil. This will usually give the growing plants a better chance of producing larger and more appealing vegetables.Anyone working to become a vegetable grower should find out about the growth times and cycles of the planted seeds and be sure to take proper care of the growing vegetables. Co-ops or local markets should also be approached before the plants are out of the ground to start building a relationship and contacts with the people there. The new vegetable grower would then typically be in a better place to move his or her vegetables once they are out of the ground and ready for sale.It may seem that planting vegetables is easyjust dig a hole and put in the seed! You could do that, of course, but you run the risk of overcrowding and drainage issues. Using the right method for the vegetable youre planting will not only stimulate growth, it will protect your plants and give you the bumper crop youve always wanted. Here are the best planting and seeding methods for all of your favorite vegetables.Planting MethodsNo matter what method you use, all plants should be set up in rowsthat way, you know whats a weed and whats supposed to be growing there. It helps if you first make a garden plan detailing how many rows you need, what size they should be, and how much space you need between them. Check the seed packets to determine proper spacing for your seeds.To lay out the rows: measure the length of each row, and use stakes and string to mark them. Chalk string that you snap against the soil so it leaves a mark is a good approach. Leave the stake and string in place until youve finished planting each row, to keep your rows straight and the spacing the way you want it.The Hill MethodCrops such as beans, sunflowers, and any other large seeds should be planted in rows of small, evenly spaced hills (check your seed packets for spacing requirements). A hill might be as small as 6 inches or as high as about 1 foot, depending on what you are planting.To create a hill, just scoop up a handful of soil in each hand, pull the handfuls together in one pile, and smooth it down. When scooping the soil, be sure you pull it evenly from all sides. You can...</p>