If you never grew vegetables before, starting a veggie garden might be a daunting task. But don’t worry: today we’ll look at how to start a vegetable garden for beginners, and by the end you finish reading this, you’ll know what you should grow in your first vegetable garden.
This may seem like an obvious question but to come up with a vegetables growing plan, you must at first think about what you eat.
How to Grow Potatoes: Planting and Harvesting Organic Food From Your Patio, Rooftop, Balcony, or Backyard Garden (Booklet) One of the easiest vegetables to grow is potatoes, but there is no point in having a garden full of spuds when you prefer to get your carbs from bread or rice.
The best way to make a vegetable garden plan would be to monitor your weekly shopping to work out which vegetables you buy regularly.
- how many potatoes do you use?
- do you love tomatoes in your daily salad
- how much salad do you eat?
- do you use onions in every cooked dish (like we do)?
But then again, it’s not just what you buy and eat, you will need to understand how many vegetables will each plant give you?
Make a Vegetable Garden Plants List
To give you an idea of yields and space, one 2kg pack of seed potatoes will give you approximately 300 potatoes and take up about 86 square feet of your garden plot. See more about growing potatoes here.
If lettuce is to your taste remember they take 2 months to grow, so if you eat 2 lettuces per week, you will need to sow 8 salads every month, preferably 12 to allow for losses, so at any one time you’ll need enough room for 36 lettuce plants. Lettuce growing guide.
We love tomatoes and grow enough to fill a chest freezer to make pasta sauces and soups for the year. If you love tomatoes, they perform much better in a glass greenhouse, producing over 50 fruits per plant, (about half of this amount outside). Grow your own tomatoes.
How To Start a Vegetable Garden For Beginners
Gardening for Beginners: 3 in 1 Collection – Container Gardening, Greenhouse Gardening, Vertical Gardening So, if you are a beginner gardener, start by creating a vegetable garden plants list, monitor your shopping for a couple months (or more, if you can) and list the vegetables you buy most often.
Next, take a look at the amount of space that you have to start a vegetable garden and divide it up into the rows of vegetables you are most likely to use. As a rough guide make each row about a foot and a half wide, space each plant by an average of 7 inches, and leave some access paths to get to each row.
Unless you have a lot of land, you are unlikely to be able to grow everything you want, but you will definitely be able to make a dent in your super market bill, and have some tasty home grown vegetables on the table.
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: