There’s an obvious difference from eating a home-grown vegetable from your garden compared to those you usually buy at the grocery store. Fresh harvest vegetables are much sweeter and juicier! You really can’t resist them!
Beginners in vegetable gardening should know these five simple tips to get started:
- Choose only those vegetables you like to eat. Vegetables which are obviously tastier and less expensive such as green and yellow beans, carrots, peas (both shelling and snow type), peppers, spinach, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, and summer squash can be grow in you backyard– easily, in fact.
- Grow vegetables that cost a lot of money in the market. Greens used in salads, such as, mesclun or arugula are pretty pricey. Asparagus is another pricey vegetable, but it will take a few years to get an asparagus bed established, so plan ahead!
- Plant vegetables that aren’t easily available, like heirloom tomatoes (Brandywine). The are many kinds of plant that you can grow in your garden you cannot find in the grocery store. Yet, another reason to grow your own vegetables. Products that are intended to ship, are picked early. In your garden, vegetables can ripen on the vine, adding perfect flavor.
- The garden spot you choose must be level (unless you terrace it or use hill gardening methods) and have at least six to eight hours of sunlight everyday. Make sure the spot is close to your water source. And, choose a spot that is closer to your house, making tending to it much easier.
- Start small! Beginning gardeners become frustrated due to over planting. Keep it small. I suggest you plant a tomato, and at the same time try planting chives, parsley and basil into a half-barrel near your kitchen door. Tomatoes need 3 feet square space each.