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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Guide

Growing a vegetable garden is a great way to bring fresh, nutritious vegetables to your kitchen.

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Vegetable gardening is also a great way to save money, maintain a healthy weight, and boost your mood.

What you will need:

  • Soil (preferably a nutrient-dense one but not necessary)
  • Garden Rake
  • Garden Hoe
  • Garden Shovel
  • Garden Trowel
  • Gloves
  • Water Source

Pick the Right Location:

  • Before starting your first garden, watch how the sun moves across your backyard. Most veggies need about 6 hours of sunlight each day, so choose an open area.
  • Once you have a site picked out measure it so you can get a better estimate of how many plants and seeds you will need.
  • Check to see if there is a water source nearby such as a garden hose or sprinkler.
  • Make sure your site has good drainage. Check to see if it floods or dries out after a rainfall.

It’s Now Time to Prepare Your Soil:

  • Use a shovel to dig and loosen the soil and break up any large chunks of dirt.
  • Rake your entire garden area and remove any grass, weeds, and roots.
  • Use a gardening hoe and mix in some fresh garden soil to the area (about a 2-inch layer).

Choose Vegetables for Your Garden:

  • Decide if you want to use seeds or plants. Seeds are the cheaper option, and you can sow them indoors 6-8 weeks before the start of the season (before the last frost).
  • Some of the easiest vegetables to grow are radishes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, kale, zucchini, and beets.
  • Grow vegetables that you know you and your family will enjoy.

It’s Time to Plant!

  • Use a garden trowel to make holes for your plants. Make each hole two to three times deeper and wider than the container the plant is in. Space the plants at least 2 feet apart.
  • Place the plant inside the hole and cover the base up with soil, then press soil around it.
  • Add some water to the plant to help settle it in the soil.
  • Put a little more water once the soil dries up.

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