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Bob's Home Vegetable Garden Guide

Updated on March 24, 2011

Home Vegetable Garden Guide

If you want it and are willing to devote a little bit of time on a regular basis you too can have your own home vegetable garden. Fresh food tastes best and the freshest food is food you grow yourself at home or in a nearby community garden plot.

Even if you have only a small yard, or live in an apartment with a balcony as long as you get 4-6 hours of sun per day you can grow vegetables.

Some vegetables, peppers and tomatoes, for example will need 6-8 hours of sunlight each day to produce fruit but you can grow a wide range of greens and other tasty foods with less. 

Health soil means healthy plants, no matter what you grow. This is the first lesson in Home Gardening 101. Build soil.

The first thing you do when starting your home vegetable garden is select a site. The place you decide to put your vegetable bed will need at least eight hours of sunlight every day. 

Growing your own food is not a difficult process but it does require that you make a commitment to tending that garden on a regular basis. I suggest you commit a minimum of 15 minutes a day to paying attention to yoru garden and what is going on each and every day. This si after you have it planted and ready to grow.

These 15 minutes spent simply looking at the plants, turning over a leaf and observing what is going on is not only a learning experience, as you become intimately familiar with yoru garden, it can also help you spot a problem before it becomes a problem. This regular observation is crucial to being an organic gardener. It is a preventative measure that can save hours of work and plant loss.

I have linked to other hubs that I have written, both within, and accompanying this hub. They contain all the information you need to get started and to continue to grow, read them. Knowledge is vital when it comes to organic gardening, get to know your site where you garden is intimately, prior to putting the bed in; how much sunlight does it get; how will you supply water when it does not rain? 

You can grow your own vegetables in containers as easily as you do directly in the earth. Container gardening can take more of your time, you may need to water more often and feed the soil but not that much more, if the containers are palced where they get the sunlight they need. 

Remember, allow the time to tend your garden and always put the right plant in the right palce, at the right time and your garden will grow.

homegrown squash

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, happy gardening

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    Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

    Great Hub Bob!!!!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy Gardening

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Bob, Very good hub. There is not muich as satisfying as eating something you've grown in your own garden.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and happy gardening.

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    Sandra Mireles 7 years ago from Texas

    Great hub. I always enjoy reading your gardening tips!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    For 20 years I have grown vegetables and never used any chemicals. Your gardener must have not known what he was doing. :-)

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    De Greek 7 years ago from UK

    I had a gardner once who told me that if you don't use chemicals, you don't eat. I insisted that he plant a garden patch and not use any chemicals at all. Complete disaster.... :-)

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am pleased you find the hubs useful, happy gardening.

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    Genie Rose Palabay-De Guzman 7 years ago from North Hollywood, CA, USA

    I can see you really love gardening. Nice hub! I am inspired by your hubs about gardening.


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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your helpful hub