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5 Tips to Grow Your Own Vegetables

Updated on March 13, 2011

Would you like to save money on your family's food bill? Instead of purchasing all of your produce at the supermarket, why not try your hand at growing some of your own vegetables? Growing a few of the veggies your family eats the most can be a lot of fun, and can greatly reduce your grocery bill.

You don't have to have a green thumb or formal training to be successful at growing vegetables at home. If you like the idea of trying to grow veggies for your family at home, these simple tips can help you get started.

1. Location, Location, Location

Decide where you are going to plant your vegetable garden. Look for a sunny spot in your yard where you can create a patch to garden in, or select an area on your patio that will work for a container garden.

2. Choose What to Plant

First, choose vegetables to plant that your family will actually eat so that your efforts will translate directly into savings on your grocery bill. Additionally, consider what types of plants will grow in the area you have available for planting. Most vegetable plants need a significant amount of sun in order to grow and flourish. There are, however, a few varieties that prefer shade. Make sure to choose plants with a strong likelihood of success in your yard.

3. Follow Planting Instructions

When you purchase seedlings or seeds, you'll get a set of instructions. Be sure to follow the instructions to the letter for each type of plant you select. It's important to allow plants proper room to grow, to provide proper soil nutrition, and to make sure they get an appropriate amount of water. Don’t risk your plants by guessing at the best way to care for them.

4. Ongoing Care

Once you plant your vegetable garden, you'll need to care for your plants on an ongoing basis. You'll need to remove the inevitable weeds that will spring up in your garden, fertilize the plants appropriately, provide water on a regular basis, and provide any other care necessary for the particular types of vegetables you have chosen to plant.

5. Be Patient

It takes vegetable plants a while to mature and to start producing a yield that you can utilize in your kitchen. Don't expect to see immediate results. Be patient and take care of your plants. Once you have helped them reach maturity, you'll be able to enjoy their bounty in your kitchen for an entire season.  


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    R. J. Lefebvre 6 years ago

    mygwhite, I have thought about growing a vegetable garden but the soil type is mostly clay and lime rock, and we live in a country setting where we have a lot of visitors. Actually we like our visitors and welcome them (deers, bobcats, wild turkeys, etc) for observation, and with some unwelcome, such as armadillas. Also we don't like the idea of having to apply chemicals that can have an adverse effect on wildlife and the farmers family.


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    hattersmen 7 years ago

    Mgwhite, i think growing your own vegetables in your own background is a brilliant idea. It saves time and money. Also, you can make sure that the plant is fresh and healthy :)

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    Triplet Mom 9 years ago from West Coast

    mgwhite, I am actually going to bookmark this hub, I have been talking to my kids about growing a vegetable garden. I am just a bit afraid because I have a black thumb. But hopefully these tips will help. Just the thought of eating from my garden sounds soo good. Thanks for the hub.