You've heard it a hundred times from Mom – vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. If in these tough economic times you want to save money and make it easier to eat healthy, then consider growing vegetables in a garden of your own.
When you grow the vegetables on your own, you can avoid the use fertilizers and pesticides, and as a result produce organic vegetables that taste better than anything you find in a grocery store.
What Can You Grow?
Almost any vegetable can be grown at home, but only at certain times of the year when the climate is right for the particular vegetables to thrive. Commonly grown vegetables include broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, squash, corn, potatoes, cucumbers, and many other types of veggies.
Make a plan for what you are going to grow in your garden, where it is going to be located, and the tools you'll need to make it happen.
A word of caution: you need some basic gardening knowledge to ensure you know basically what you are doing before you simply run out to a gardening with a credit card. Purchase what you need – no more, no less.
If this is your first time gardening, you will need basic supplies that are common to all garden needs, such as rakes, hoes, shovels, spades, gloves, and any other basic tools that a gardening store associate can talk you through.
Planting And Growing Your Vegetables
When you plant the vegetables, you will need to first adequately prepare the ground for planting. The soil should be the right composition and have enough nutrients and water so your plants will thrive.
Keep your plants healthy by routinely making sure they have plenty of water and are free of pests and weeds. This can be done through regular weeding, watering and overall maintenance of your garden.
Great Soil is Key
Vegetables need to have nutrient rich soil to grow vigorously. You can boost the nutrients in your soil by making sure it has the proper mix of sand, clay, and silt. You can accomplish this by adding compost, fertilizer, and mulch to the soil.
Either make compost of your own or purchase it from a gardening store – either is fine, depending on your preference. This will help to adjust the balance of the soil's composition as well as provide it additional nutrients.
After the initial labor, the maintenance routine of a vegetable garden becomes much easier. And when you see the produce start to grow, you'll find it gratifying that your efforts led to such tasty results.