5 Quick Tips First-Time Veggie Gardeners Need to Know

start-vegetable-gardenYou’ve finally made the decision. This is the year when you will start your vegetable garden once and for all! You’ve got all the right tools for the job, and you even have a good idea of what sort of vegetables you want to try growing this season! Now what?

If you’re a first-time veggie gardener and aren’t too sure what to do next, read for 5 quick and handy tips to help you get started below!

Start Small – We know that you probably want to try growing all sorts of delicious vegetables, but don’t get ahead of yourself! Doing too much at first can be pretty intimidating and overwhelming. Start with a small plot first. Once you have some success in growing your veggies this year, you can branch out and try growing other things next year!

Know the Basics – When it comes to basic veggie gardening, you need three things – full sun, a convenient water supply, and good soil. Full sun is a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight during the spring and summer, and many vegetables require this amount of sunshine. Want to know if your soil needs any amendments? Do a pH test to see what might be missing for a healthy crop.

Try Easy-to-Grow Veggies First – There are some vegetables that practically anyone can grow and there are some that give even the most experienced gardener fits. If you’re just starting out, try growing tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. You can also give carrots, radishes, green beans, and zucchini a shot once you have the hang of gardening.

Proximity Is Key – You might think that putting your veggie garden in the far corner of your property is the best, but you should definitely rethink this. The closer the garden is to your home, the easier it will be to water and maintain it. You’re also much more likely to pluck weeds because you’ll see them pop up much more quickly than you would if the garden were in the far corner of your property. Keep this in mind before you decide on a spot to plant.

Not All Bugs Are Bad – You know that certain bugs are bad news for your veggies, but what about the ones that chase away the pests? Ladybugs are especially good at keeping those pesky aphids and other pests at bay, so be sure to welcome them into your garden. If bugs aren’t your thing, you can try natural pest control by growing a lot of hot peppers and garlic by your veggies.

Do you have any stories of success or lessons to learn from in your vegetable garden? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us all about them below in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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