Although the times when a veggie patch could be discovered in every back garden are sadly gone, there are many keen gardeners out there still keeping the tradition alive by maintaining amazing veggie gardens in their backyard. Not having much space is not a good reason not to have a backyard veggie garden. You don’t need a large spaces to plant at least some veggies a la the kitchen garden approach which harks from traditional French culture. A veggie garden can be designed for those who do not have sufficient area for a huge veggie garden by utilizing all those little nooks and crannies and by growing vegetables in smaller plots. Excellent outcomes can still be achieved.
There are lots of benefits to planting your own vegetable garden, not only can you guarantee that your plants are free of pesticides and other chemicals, making them healthier for you and also your household, you will of course additionally be saving some money by growing your vegetables yourself. Of course one other big advantage to growing and eating your own veggies in season is that you are helping to reduce food miles – a very important issue. Bottom line is there is absolutely nothing better than eating things you’re grown yourself for so many reasons. When starting your veggie garden, being organised is the trick. You’ve got to consider what you would love to plant, if you have the space and what time of year it is. Start by planning out the area that you want to utilize for your veggie garden, mark out borders and paths between the growing areas, and then decide where you want each vegetable type to grow. Start small while you’re getting the hang of it all then expand as your experience expands each growing season. An easy beginners mistake is to bite off more than you can choose and plant much too much in their initial year, leading to it all becoming too much and simply quitting. We don’t want garden quitters because gardens make us happy! Start with simple crops that produce well to get you hooked and in the groove such as potatoes and runner beans. Wait until next year for more difficult crops when you are much more seasoned and on your way to becoming a veggie growing machine.
Researching what vegetables you want to grow is also important. You need to get your head around what vegetables grow well in your part of the world. This saves you time, money and disappointment by only planting what vegetables have a good chance of thriving. An important part of this is to know which vegetables need more sunlight and which ones do better in higher levels of shade. Another related issue is the space between your plants. As a very broad guide, a distance of about 20 inches between plants is about right to allow enough room for growth, light and air circulation while still allowing adequate room for the plants to shade each other. If you are really tight on space, then combining plants together can work well, but it is important to learn which plants grow happily with each other and which ones are best to separate. The seed packets usually provide lots of useful advice and guidance so it’s a good idea to read this info before planting and then keep the packets for future reference as your plants grow. Speaking of packets of seeds, you can save some money and make gardening friends by sharing the seeds with other gardeners; there are more than enough seeds in one packet so share the love. Gardening is to be enjoyed so involve the the whole family and pass on the love and joy of gardening to your children and grandchildren to continue the tradition and enrich their own lives in the process.