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How does planting a vegetable garden work?

Updated on December 17, 2011

Planting a vegetable garden takes work. You’ll have to plan a lot of things for you to be able to start creating one at your backyard. Now without proper planning, your potential garden can and will look messed up. So in order for you to be able to establish your vegetable garden ideas into reality, always take into account the following essentials: site/location, soil preparation, crop selection, and garden layout.

Location is everything!

Your garden crops will be able to benefit from having ample amounts of sunshine on a regular basis. So you might want to plant them in an area in your garden where they’ll be able to have at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily. If this isn’t possible due to space constraints, then you can always try getting into some vegetable container gardening. In this way, you’ll still have the opportunity to move your plants around (container plants can be transferred easily using this approach) like on your patio or lanai.

Prepare your soil properly

When planning a vegetable garden, make sure that you’ve properly prepared your soil. If you want to use the soil that you have on your garden right now, then by all means, go ahead. But in order for your garden produce to grow into better-quality crops, then you’ll have to consider mixing in some organic compost into the soil. If you have clay soil, make sure to mix it with some sand or sandy loam soil, as these types will also help make the drainage and aeration better for your plants system. The best kind of soil for growing your veggies will definitely be something that crumbles.

Selection of crops

It’s best to start by choosing what vegetables to grow in your garden (whether you choose to plant these on the ground or on pots). If you purchase almost the same kinds of vegetables from the market every week, then you might want to consider growing these on your own. Finding the opportunity to grow what you used to purchase can also help you lessen on daily costs. But besides that, selecting the crops that you will be planting is important. Depending on the space in your garden, you’re going to need to categorize things. So if you’re planting tomatoes and eggplants, make sure these are grouped separately. Apart from that, only plant those that are fitting for every season.

Your garden’s layout

There are certain crops that have a tendency to spread on the ground, or grow immensely in size or height when planting a vegetable garden. So as soon as you’ve settled on the crops that you’ll be growing, also take note of how much space should be allotted for their development. Make sure no plants cover the sun nor wind on your other crops.


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      mandymoreno81 5 years ago

      It's good to know how your vegetables grow because some take more space and nutrients than others. My mom keeps some crops in several large styrofoam containers filled with different crops for the season so there's more control over how they grow.