Guest Post by Carrie Spencer
There’s a lot of advice on the web about how to grow a garden—so much, in fact, that it can be hard to know which tips and tricks will work best for your goals and your region of the country. What if you just want a simple list of steps that will help you get started? Here are 3 tips for planting a vegetable garden that actually grows.
1. Pick Your Location And Design
The first step in planting any type of garden is to choose the prime location on your property and then lay out a design.
If you’re unsure of your property’s exact boundaries, get a property survey done so your garden doesn’t spill onto your neighbor’s lawn.
Map out all of the available space of your property, and choose a garden spot that will provide the right amount of space, sunlight, and protection from pests for the crops you are growing.
To increase protection for your vegetables, consider looking into local fence companies to install one on your property.
Then, research the many different garden layouts out there. Pick a design that will house all the particular plants you want to grow as well as fit in with the overall aesthetic of your home.
2. Put In The Raised Beds
Once you have your plans in place, your garden building gets real! Now it’s time to install your raised garden beds and lay the soil.
Start by clearing your garden area of any grass, weeds, and other vegetation, and then level the ground.
Next, determine the dimensions you need for each raised bed. You can purchase pre-made garden beds or build your own.
Once your raised beds are in place, mix garden soil with sandy loam and compost and install it in each bed.
3. Bring Your Garden To Fruition
At last, it’s time to bring in the plants!
Learn about the growing seasons in your region so that you can plan your vegetables accordingly.
Study what kinds of temperatures and environments each plant thrives in so that you can plant the right crops next to each other. This is known as companion planting.
Once you’ve learned about the vegetables you want to grow and have devised a plan, start planting!
After planting, remember to tend to your plants regularly.
Dream Big But Start Small
Don’t get overwhelmed by the prospect of starting a vegetable garden.
Take a breath, allow yourself to dream, and begin with simple steps like the ones mentioned here.
Keep learning about what it takes to produce a bountiful garden, and in no time you’ll be an expert!
Guest author Carrie Spencer created The Spencers Adventures to share her family’s homesteading adventures. On the site, she shares tips on living self-sufficiently, fruit and vegetable gardening, parenting, conservation, and more. Their family’s goal is to live as self-sufficiently and environmentally conscious as possible.