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Preparing to Grow Vegetables for Beginners

Updated on March 13, 2011

Do you want to start your own backyard vegetable garden? Whether you want to experience the pleasure of planting and nurturing a vegetable garden or if you're motivated by the idea of enjoying the financial savings of growing some (or all) of your own vegetables, you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that getting your garden started doesn't have to be difficult.

Preparing to Grow Vegetables: 3 Steps

1. Choose Your Gardening Area

If you're planning to start growing your own vegetables, you'll need to decide whether you are going to prepare an area of soil in your yard to use as a garden or if container gardening might be a better option for you. It's up to you which type of garden will work best for you, based on what your yard is like and your personal preferences.

A container garden might be your best option you have a very small yard, if you don't have an area that gets a single amount of sun consistently, or if you don't want to dig up part of your yard to prepare for gardening. However, if you want to plant a large garden that will yield a lot of vegetables, container gardening isn't likely to meet your needs. Additionally, not all types of plants work well in containers. Tomatoes and bell peppers, for example, are excellent container plants. Corn, on the other hand, isn't well suited for container growing.

Regardless of which type of gardening you decide to try, you'll need to ensure that your plants are located in an area that provides them with a sufficient amount of sun and where the soil has proper drainage.

2. Follow the Directions

The most basic tip for individuals who are interested in getting started with vegetable gardening is to pay attention to the instructions included with the seeds or seedlings that you are going to plant. This suggestion applies to beginning gardeners and experts alike.

If the directions for a particular plant state that it should be grown in full sun, then you can't expect it to thrive if planted in an area where sun is scarce. If a particular plant needs to be planted during certain months of the year, make sure that's when it goes into the ground. While this may seem obvious, it's a fact that many novice gardeners completely ignore the most basic directions for planting and caring for vegetable plants.

3. Care for Your Plants

Vegetable plants will require care in order to survive and to yield produce. Make sure to set aside time to water and fertilize your plants on a regular basis. If you plan your garden properly, provide your plants with the type of care that they need, and make sure that they are properly nourished, you can expect to enjoy fresh seasonal vegetables from your backyard vegetable garden.


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