Learn The Vegetable Gardening Basics

By Heather Rhoades

Backyard vegetable gardening has become very popular in the past few years. Not only is vegetable gardening a great way to get fresh organically grown vegetables, but it is also a great way to get fresh air and exercise. Below you will find some great vegetable gardening tips and vegetable gardening basics that can help you get started.

Vegetable Gardening Advice

Choose the location of a vegetable garden

One of the vegetable gardening basics is choosing a location for your garden. There are four things to consider when choosing the location for a vegetable garden. They are:

  • Convenience
  • Sun
  • Drainage
  • Soil type

You can learn more about these things by reading this article on choosing the location of a vegetable garden.

Choose the vegetables to grow

Many people seeking vegetable gardening tips wonder which vegetable they should grow. Which vegetables you decide to grow is entirely up to you. It really depends on your personal tastes. But, if you are looking for some guidance and ideas, the 10 most popular vegetables in vegetable gardening are:

  1. Cabbage
  2. Radishes
  3. Winter squash
  4. Carrots
  5. Lettuce
  6. Beans
  7. Summer squash
  8. Cucumbers
  9. Peppers
  10. Tomatoes

These are just a few you can try. There are many, many more. If you are just starting out with backyard vegetable gardening, you may want to choose 2 or 3 and grow those until you get the hang of keeping a vegetable garden.

Make your vegetable garden layout

Making a vegetable garden plan is one of the vegetable gardening basics. For most vegetables, there is no set spot you need to put them in the garden but many vegetables do need a certain amount of space to do well. It is helpful to make a vegetable garden plan that will help you make sure that you have enough space for all the vegetables you have chosen. Read this article to learn more about vegetable garden layout.

Prepare the soil in your vegetable garden

Probably the most important piece of vegetable gardening advice is before you plant a single thing in the ground, make sure that the soil in your chosen vegetable garden location is as good as it can be.

If you have clay soil, then spend some time amending clay soil. Have your soil tested. Make sure that the soil’s pH is correct, and if you need to lower the pH or raise the pH, take time to do that. Fix any deficiencies with:

And anything else that the soil test indicates that you may need in the soil.

Backyard vegetable gardening is not scary. You can do it! The article above gave you the vegetable gardening basics but this site is full of other vegetable gardening tips and vegetable gardening advice. Plant a garden and keep reading. In no time at all, you will be proudly serving your own home grown vegetables.

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