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Vegetable Gardening Advice And Tips

Updated on June 29, 2013

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Vegetable Gardening Tips

Vegetables are going up in price in the supermarket all the time and with the hard economic times it makes perfect sense in today's world to plant and grow a vegetable garden if at all possible. One place where I lived I grew one in 5 gallon plastic buckets and enjoyed fresh vegetables all summer and on into the fall.

You can grow vegetables in a very small area or even containers like I did and I guarantee you that you and your family will just love the fresh vegetables. You can also save some money by growing some of your own vegetables and if your like me the exercise will be good for you also. It's a good idea to choose your favorite vegetables to grow and plan beds for early, middle of the season and late varieties. or you can even use the same bed for early , middle and late season vegetables.

Most vegetables require at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, some need 8. Southern exposure is always the best and real shaded areas will not work. You can't grow a vegetable garden under the trees, Some quick growers like lettuce and radish can be grown between the rows of plants that take longer to grow, enabling you to make full use of your space. I plant radishes ,lettuce and onions between my rows of corn. Your vegetable garden will probally do best on the south side of your house.And you will need good soil. You can buy and add a few bags of potting soil or topsoil to your garden spot to improve your soil if necessary.This is also where your compost can be used.

During dry periods, vegetable gardens need plenty of  extra watering. Most vegetables benefit from an inch or more of water each week, especially when they are producing vegetables. If your plants become wilted mid day they need more water but don't water them when the full sun is on them. Be sure you have an outdoor spigot and hose pipe available for watering your garden. You will also need some type of simple sprinkler to hook your hose to. During the growing season watch for insect pests. If you discover an insect problem early it will be much easier, but be careful to not use pesticides once the vegetable are close to being picked.

You Can Easily Make You A Compost Box For Your Garden

Once you have harvested your crop, put the vegetable waste into your compost box so that it can be recycled for next spring. Click Here To Find Out How To Make One.

It is important to protect your vegetable garden from wild animals looking for a free meal. You can hang tin pie pans and strings of bells up to keep away birds. A plastic owl will also work to keep away birds but you have to move it often to keep the birds on their toes.If the owl does not move the birds will figure it out quickly that the owl is not real.

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Tomato Growing Tips And More

As you can see above you can grow tomatoes easily in containers. You want to start out with the large tomato plants which I think are the quart size and plant them one each in at least gallon size or larger containers. Buy one of the large boxes of miracle grow and give each tomato plant one teaspoon a week. Make it a level teaspoon and put it a few inches back from your tomato plant.Water your tomato plants either early in the morning before the sun comes up or either late in the evening after the sun goes down. Also be sure to buy tomato cages for your tomato plants when you transplant them into the larger containers so you don't have to disturb your plants later.

Use A Rain Barrel Or Rain Barrels For Your Garden Water Needs.

You will want to obtain a few 55 gallon plastic barrels to set around under where the water pours off your house or garden shed. You will want to cover the top of your rain barrels with wire mesh screen to keep out leafs and other things. You want the wire mesh to be fine to keep out mosquitoes. The water can get in easily but the mosquitoes can't. You can use large plastic ties to secure your wire mesh screens. Add a spigot at the bottom of your barrels to make it easy to get your water out. You may even want to set your rain barrels up on cement blocks to make it easier to let the water out of the barrel. And rainwater will work perfect to water your garden plants with. Also you don't have to pay for the water that comes out of your rain barrels.

Your Garden Won't Take As Much Space As You May Think

Keep in mind you don't need as many garden plants as you may think you will. A few squash plants (3-6) will grow all the squash one family can ever eat. Three to Four Cucumber Plants will keep your family well supplied with cucumbers. A 16ftX16ft garden can give you plenty of vegetables. And remember if you can only use containers you can have quite a nice garden on a patio with 10-12 5 gallon dirt filled buckets. I did it one time and even grew corn in two and enjoyed fresh roast corn I grew on my patio in a big city.

Well I hope I have given you some useful garden tips and that you enjoy your new garden.

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Raised Garden Beds

You can build a very easy raised garden bed out of 2"X10"s. The lumber should be treated. Follow the below steps to insure your raised garden bed works out great for you.

1. Cover the ground where your raised garden bed with a sheet of black plastic.

2. Build your raised garden bed out of treated lumber.

3. In the bottom of your bed you want to put five inches of small rocks or large gravel. This will insure great drainage for your plants.

4. Now fill your bed full of the best soil available to you.

5. You can quite easily turn any raised bed like this into a simple green house by adding up right and cross pieces of lumber and cover with heavy duty builders plastic. This way you can add a lot of extended time to your growing season or start your plants in the early spring to get a jump on the growing season.

6. By using a raised bed turned into a green house you can have tomatoes ready before anyone else.

7. Almost all vegetables will do really well in raised growing beds.

Okay I hope those tips help you out. If you try a raised growing bed why not post a comment below and let us know how it works for you.

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      Marilyn Ericson 

      2 years ago

      Had great success last year with my tomatoes, but would like advice as to some that would not require staking. I am nearly 90 and it is hard for me to stake them. My box is against the south side of my deck and they grew fine, but I would like to find some that would not get over 3 or 4 feet tall. Any advice? I had fresh tomatoes all summer long!

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      Nikki Wiks 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Some great tips on the vegetable boxes...

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      prism3x 

      7 years ago

      great article on gardening! Thanks for sharing.

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      Lee 

      7 years ago

      My son had a polytunnel garden in Colorado, trying to compensate for the extreme temperatures in the summer. He got lots of greenery, but very small yield in vegetables. Are there things he should do to correct this. The garden was planted to supplement family meals, not to raise greenery!

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      Faima 

      7 years ago

      How do make a greenhouse garden???

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      heirloom seeds 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! i will try them out some time.

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      Rob@ shed plans 

      7 years ago

      Great tips :) you definitely know your garden. This makes me want to extend my garden, thanks:)

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      single seeds 

      7 years ago

      What an abundant hub, and so abundant information. I'm a big fan of aloft beds, your photo looks about identical to some of mine, except I accomplish abundance with taller bend posts-ideal for putting cups of tea on! The accomplished aloft bed affair makes for abundant accord of apperception alive that the dog can't piddle on all our harder work.

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      container vegetable gardening 

      8 years ago

      Yes, I have for the first time in my life... such a joy and pleasure and tastes so much better!

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      GardenGeek 

      8 years ago

      I just set up my own personal garden greenhouse last weekend with the help of some friends. It was easier than I thought it was gonna be! I'm so excited to be able to grow stuff year now.

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      Plastic Greenhouse Guy 

      8 years ago

      I really wish more people would give home vegetable growing a chance. It's a shame more younger kids dont get in to it earlier in life. Theres nothing better than growing your own vegetables and seeing them on your kitchen table ready to eat. Great Hub here!

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      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      One of the really useful hubs on the topic. Some helpful tips and advice!

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      Wallpaper Queen 

      9 years ago from Malaysia

      i have a hub on growing tomatoes tips as well https://hubpages.com/living/how-to-grow-tomatoes...

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      kappa022 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Fantastic gardening tips!

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      salenanewport 

      9 years ago from Oxfordshire, UK

      I found the button- I'm a fan!

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      salenanewport 

      9 years ago from Oxfordshire, UK

      Hi,

      What a great hub, and so much information. I'm a big fan of raised beds, your photo looks almost identical to some of mine, except I make mine with taller corner posts-ideal for putting cups of tea on! The whole raised bed issue makes for much peace of mind knowing that the dog can't piddle on all our hard work.

      I have a website at http://garden-pots.com if you'd like to tell me what you think. I'm not a gardening expert, I just like to do lots of 'stuff' but to find out how to do it, and I also love to write, so I do that too. I shall become one of your fans when I find the button.

      I'll be back!

      Well done on a great hub!

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