For many, gardening is simply snipping back the weeds and watering the flowers every now and again, but for others, gardening is a hobby. There’s nothing quite as rewarding than growing your own fresh vegetables, that you can then prepare and eat for dinner. The taste of a homegrown vegetable is much more satisfying than store bought produce, due to the fresh out of the ground texture. Whilst it may seem like a difficult task, growing your own vegetables is actually an easy, enjoyable process that will result in you saving yourself some money too. If you’re keen to get green fingered and grow your own, then here are a few tips to make sure your garden is ready and prepared for your next project!
Settle in The Sun
One of, if not the most important thing to consider when it comes to growing vegetables is the sun. Vegetables thrive from Vitamin D, which is exactly what the sun supplies them with, so it’s really important to choose an area of your garden that has the most amount of sunlight throughout the day. Whilst it may look better to place your plot next to the wall or in a specific area of the garden, you will always benefit more from placing it exactly where the sun shines, as this will encourage your vegetables to grow to their best potential. The average amount of sunshine recommended for vegetables is roughly 5 hours per day, so once you have chosen your spot, you can focus on making sure the vegetables are exposed to the sunshine and ready to grow.
Break Through the Patch
Once you know exactly where you want to position your vegetable patch, you can focus on digging down into the ground and breaking through the selected area. By really digging deep down through the surface, you can ensure that your soil is broken up properly and loose enough for your vegetables to grow. By breaking up this area, you are also able to kill any weeds or unwanted plants that may have been growing below the surface that you may not have been aware of. You may also find that this area has stones or rocks below the surface, so digging down deep will help you to remove any of those too.
Greenhouse or Patch
For many gardening enthusiasts, greenhouses are a really beneficial feature to include in your garden. This is because they provide you with sufficient space to grow your vegetables all year around, as you can monitor the temperatures and conditions that your vegetables are growing in. For those who are just starting out with growing their own vegetables, you’ll find that a well-selected patch within your garden will be just right for you. Whilst greenhouses are perfect for those who want full gardening facilities all year around, they are an expensive item to purchase, so for beginners, have a go at growing your vegetables in the garden and figure out what you enjoy and don’t enjoy growing, you can always invest in your own greenhouse when the time is right and suits you better.
Space is Key
After you have decided on an area to position your vegetable patch, focus on creating a patch with plenty of space to allow your vegetables to grow freely and to their full potential. Cramming lots of seeds into one small patch will simply cause your vegetables to grow very close together and potentially stunt their growth, which isn’t ideal when you have put lots of time and effort into growing your veggies in the first place. Try to focus on 5 lines for your seeds to settle, as this will give you an idea of how much space each vegetable will have when they are full grown.