Have you been dreaming of fresh vegetables from a garden that you planted and grew yourself?
Growing your own vegetables can save you lots of cash in your grocery budget that could be spent on bills, savings, or doing something fun as a reward for your hard work instead.
You can even save money on doctor bills because eating fresh fruits and vegetables is much healthier for you and your family. Gardening has been proven to help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression as well.
Start reaping the benefits and plant your own vegetable garden by following the 6 steps below.
The first step to a successful vegetable garden is deciding what vegetables you want to plant and grow. What does your family like to eat? The best ones to choose are the ones that will be eaten. The easiest vegetables to grow for beginners are beets, lettuce, kale, cucumbers, peas, radishes, cherry tomatoes, and green beans.
Your plants will need plenty of sunlight. Prepare your garden in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of full sunlight per day, and that has water access close by. You will need to water your plants with a water hose, so you don’t have to lug around several pails of water to get the job done. Plant your vegetables in a raised bed that has adequate drainage, and fill it with top-quality soil for maximum growth.
The following list of supplies is everything you need to start your very first vegetable garden. We recommend purchasing plants instead of seeds for beginners.
Dig holes for your plants in the soil using a garden trowel. The holes should be 2x bigger than the container the plant is in. Each plant should be spaced 2-3” apart. This allows them plenty of room to grow and receive sunlight. For tomatoes and beans, you will need to add stakes or trellises for support. Once you have finished planting all your vegetables, water them so they will settle in. Wait until the soil is dry 0.5” below the surface before you water them again. Don’t forget to apply your fertilizer per the instructions on the bag.
Bugs, animals, and common plant diseases can devastate your crop if you don’t maintain a watchful eye. Consider installing fences with doors and roofs to keep out birds, rabbits, deer, and other animals. Organic pesticides will prevent bugs from eating and destroying your plants. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the signs of common plant diseases so you can spot the problem before it gets out of hand.
Congratulations! You have successfully grown your very first vegetables, and they are ready to be harvested. Refer to the Farmer’s Almanac to determine when the vegetables can be harvested: When to Harvest Vegetables and Fruits. Vegetables can be eaten fresh or stored for future consumption during the winter.
We have been producing top-quality garden soil for over 20 years. Our garden soil can be used for vegetable gardens, shrubs, or even flowers. Our soil is so popular that even the University of Georgia and Rock City purchase it for their landscaping needs. It’s our own unique blend of aged soil conditioner, wheat straw, mushroom compost, and leaves.
Stop by or give us a call at 706-937-3062 to purchase the garden soil you need today!