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Vegetable Gardens - Growing Veggies And Home Gardening

Updated on February 14, 2012

People find many various reasons for pursuing vegetable gardening as a hobby. Some people enjoy growing their own food, while others find vegetable gardening to be an effective way of relaxing, thus finding relief from daily stress. With all the pesticides used in commercial farming, some people are satisfied with knowing where some of their food comes from. Another great reason to grow your own vegetables is to spend outdoor time with your children, and at the same time teach them about living organisms. Whatever reason you choose to start vegetable gardening, it is certainly a rewarding activity.

Some people even choose to try to make some money with their vegetable gardening. You could have fun while making some extra cash by selling your vegetables at a local farmer's market or roadside stand. Another possibility is to sell your vegetables at a local health food store.

Starting Your First Veggie Garden

There is a lot of planning that goes into the design of your garden. Careful consideration needs to be put into decisions about the size and shape of your garden. If you want to grow dozens of different varieties of vegetables, you may find that this is initially more than you planned for. It may be better to start your first summer with just some basic vegetables and determine if you want to expand the following year. It's better to decide you can handle more the next year rather than being totally overwhelmed your first season as a beginner gardener.

Start by making a list of all the vegetables you would like to plant. At the beginning, don't worry about whether or not you'll have all the time to take care of everything; write down everything that enters your mind because you can narrow your list down to the vegetables you can both handle and afford the time and starting money for. After your initial list is complete, you can read it over and erase anything you can buy at a reasonable price locally. While potatoes, corn, and cabbage may be fun to grow, they are often quite reasonably priced in most areas.

After getting rid of any locally affordable vegetables, you can move on by eliminating any items that you will not see a significant improvement in flavor in by growing them yourself. From the above examples, cabbage and potatoes will likely not see any improved taste, but you might find home-grown corn to be quite delicious. Basically, you want your final list to include produce that: you cannot easily find locally, is usually expensive to purchase, or that will taste quite a lot better if you grew it yourself. Based on this list, you may end up deciding to grow your own fresh herbs because they can be expensive in grocery stores. Alternatively, you might find you want to grow a variety of tomato that you can't find locally at a reasonable price.

Whatever fruits and vegetables you finally decide to grow yourself, you will find your effort will be both fun and satisfying. At the same time, once your initial costs of setting up your garden are incurred, you will find you are saving a nice amount of money compared to when you bought all your gardens at the local grocery store. Share the work with your family, and you will also notice you have found a great way to enjoy the outdoors while you bond with your kids at the same time!

Organic vegetable gardening tips and advice

Home gardening has rebounded and is becoming more and more popular in recent years. Home gardening has been shown to be at an all time high in the United States right now. Up to 8 in 10 homes are involved in some type of gardening or another. With that many people doing home gardening, it is perhaps one of the more popular recreational activities in the country.

Many people that start gardening will start with flowers, and roses are often the first flower that comes into any gardener's mind. However, edible plants are another popular choice for new gardeners. Some of the most common edible plants are potatoes, corn, peas, carrots, cucumbers, and squash. Popular home grown fruits include tomatoes, peaches, watermelons, and strawberries. Other vegetable gardeners like to grow herbs including thyme, basil, oregano, cilantro, and parsley.

Whether you're a seasoned flower gardener or someone just becoming interested in vegetable gardening, now is a perfect chance to see what kind of crops you are able to successfully grow this year. A guide to organic food gardening is a great way to quickly beocme an expert home gardener, even with small garden designs!

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    clefty 6 years ago from Canada

    Go for it Golfgal! You'll be glad you started a vegetable garden...

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    Golfgal 6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

    I have been wanting to make a veggie garden for three years now. Maybe this year is the year. Thanks for the inspiration.