Thinking of starting a vegetable garden? That’s a great idea! Growing your own food is not only rewarding, but it also has lots of health benefits. A beginner vegetable garden is the perfect way to introduce your family to the fresh taste of homegrown food.
After planning your vegetable garden, deciding where you’ll plant each group of vegetables, and preparing the soil, your next step will either be sowing seeds or buying immature young vegetable plants.
Beginner Vegetable Garden Tips
Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Crops at Home As a vegetable garden grower, there are a few basic ideas that you will need to understand when growing certain vegetable plants.
For example, onions grow easiest from sets, which are small onions that you plant to grow on.
Potatoes are grown from seed potatoes which are not seeds, just sprouting potatoes that are developed especially for a new potato plant.
Garlic is grown from cloves of garlic broken from a bulb.
And carrots and parsnips must be sown directly into the ground as you cannot disturb their roots without damaging the vegetable.
If you’re just starting out, plant some of these perennial vegetables, so you have some that come back year after year.
Beginner Vegetable Garden Guide
Most of your vegetables will either be grown from seed or bought as young plants from your local garden center.
Sowing from seed is a much better option for your pocket, and much more rewarding. But if you are short on time, if the growing season is upon you, or you’re just not sure how to start from seeds, buying young plants is definitely an option.
Here is a beginner vegetable garden guide to buying and planting young vegetable plants.
- Buy plants that are healthy with no browning leaves.
- Make sure that there are few if any roots growing through the bottom of the tray.
- Ensure the compost is moist and that the plant has been well watered.
- Check for any damage at the neck of the plant, where the stem meets the soil.
- After getting your plants home harden them off in a cold frame (or on your porch, making sure to bring them back in if the sun is too strong or if there;s danger of freezing) to help them acclimatize.
- After a few days of hardening off follow the planting instructions that came with the vegetable. Handle young plants gently, and water well after planting. If it is warm, water the ground before planting and plant in the early evening.
- Keep watering until the plant has become established.
Books For Beginner Gardeners
When I was a beginner gardener I loved reading every gardening book I could get my hands on.
Well, who am I kidding? I still do this today.
I especially love looking through old garden books, and learning all I can about growing fruits, herbs and vegetables for my family, even though I only have room for a small garden.
Here are a few books to get you started 😉
The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Sunset Western Garden Book (Paper))Better Homes and Gardens Gardening Made Simple: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to GardeningRodale’s Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden
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Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check your her books below: