24 Mar The Beginners Guide to Home Vegetable Gardening
There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of biting into a juicy vegetable you grew right in your own backyard. Fresh veggies that don’t require a trip all the way to the grocery store? Sign us up!
As a beginner gardener, it can seem daunting at first, but we’re here to show you just how easy it can be with the right tools. We’ll also give you some tips and tricks along the way to get you eating garden to table in no time.
To start, here is what you’ll need:
• Seeds for your favorite veggies
• A watering Can
• Something sturdy to shovel the soil (whatever you have around the house will work)
• And an area that gets lots of sunlight
Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Picking out the perfect planter for your garden really depends on your space and the needs of your plants. Our Fairfield 20″x36” planter is a great beginner’s planter. With enough space to house more than one type of vegetable, and self-watering to keep your plants constantly hydrated, it’s a great fool-proof option for first-time gardeners.
The next step is to pick out the plants you want to grow in your new garden. You’ll want to pick out vegetables that are compatible with one another. Our favourite combination is tomatoes, basil, and onions. For some more ideas of what does and doesn’t grow well together, check out this chart. When choosing what vegetable to plant, it’s a good idea to look at what you and your family constantly love to eat. If you find you’re always out of carrots and adding it to the shopping list, this could be the perfect opportunity to save some room in your cart for some other important items (like desserts)!
Now your have plants picked out and your container ready to go. You’re ready to start planting! Your seed package will tell you all the plant specific care instructions but for the most part, stick to these key guidelines. It’s best to leave lots of room around each seed to give the plant room to grow. It will also make life easier for you come harvest time. Try keeping everything in straight lines and separated by plant type. The more organized the space is, the better.
They’re in the ground, now what? Maintenance of your garden is essential. Consistent sun and moisture are key, you’d be surprised how much water your veggies will soak up while they’re growing. Another factor to keep an eye out for is weeds and pests. With container gardening, they stay fairly protected but it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for anything like insects or animals that might be trying to harm your newfound hobby.
And that’s it! Now all that’s left is to sit tight and wait for your delicious veggies to be ready to eat!
Have all these fresh grown vegetables and don’t know what to do with them? Click here for a recipe featuring our favorite combination of home-grown veggies: tomatoes, basil, and onions.