Gardening is dirt therapy!

Gardening is a great way to save money, a fun way to spend an afternoon with your family, and you receive a tasty reward at the end! So why wouldn’t you want to start one?

To get started, you need to determine what you would like to grow. The best way to start off is small. Many new gardeners will plant more than they need because it’s so exciting, which results in wasting food and feeling overwhelmed by their garden.

Look at how many people in your family will be eating these vegetables. If you are wanting to grow vegetables such as carrots, radishes, and corn, they produce only once, meaning you’ll have to plant more of those. Tomatoes, peppers, and squash keep providing through the season, so you won’t have to plant as many!

Next is deciding where to plant your garden. Vegetable gardens starting off do not need a large area to grow, so I would start off small with pots or containers on a deck. Now it’s time to pick the perfect spot! To have a successful garden you need to look for these requirements:

Plenty of Water
The closer you plant your garden to a water source, the easier it’ll be for you to supply the garden with water!

Full Sun
Vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of direct sun. But if you don’t have a spot that is in direct sunlight, you are still able to grow many leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach.

Good Soil
Your garden will need moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter to thrive.

After finding the requirements, you are almost there!

Next, you need to plant the seeds in the soil of your garden. Then you just keep up with you plants by continuing to water them and pull the weeds away when needed. And remember to stop and smell the — well, whatever you are growing!

Happy gardening!

Source: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/vegetable/vegetables/planning-your-first-vegetable-garden/

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