Creating a vegetable garden is a great way to ensure you make use of your backyard, get plenty of servings of vegetables each day, and reduce the amount of plastic waste you generate from shopping at the grocery store. Also, nothing beats the taste of food you have grown yourself!
Veggie gardens are easy to get started, all you need is a little know-how, and a few tips to get your garden going. Once it’s set up, you’ll have tasty vegetables year round in your backyard.
Here are 5 Tips to Creating a Vegetable Garden:
1. Choose the Ideal Location
In a few words, the sunnier the better. Your vegetables will need plenty of sunlight to help them grow. With a sunny veggie garden, you can plant almost any variety of vegetable. The spot for your veggie garden should also have good quality soil, and be protected from the family dog – dogs sure love the smell of soil and may end up digging up all your veggies! You can always use some garden netting to keep the dog out. Make sure your spot is easily accessible to a water source so you can water your garden with ease.
2. Choose What Vegetables You Want to Plant
This will depend on what season it is and what you’d like to grow. Deciding on the vegetables you’re going to plant will help you determine how much space you will need, as different plants have different planting requirements. Some plants need up to 40 centimetres of space around them in order to grow properly, while others can be grouped closer together. Consider how many plants you want to be able to grow at once, as your plant choice may limit the number of plants you can grow.
3. Decide What Type of Vegetable Garden You Will Create
If you have an existing garden bed, then you’re all ready to go. There are other options though. Raised planter boxes and raised garden beds are increasingly popular due to the extra soil depth and drainage. Easily constructed using some timber sleepers, bricks or whatever else you have on hand, raised garden beds are a bit easier on your back, as you don’t need to bend down as far when gardening.