I am obsessed with my vegetable garden! Yes, I know that makes me sound like an 80 year old, but it makes me super happy to see everything growing. It is also great to watch all my plants grow and produce fruits and vegetables. Also there is something cool about being able to eat something you cared for and watched develop into good whole food. I highly suggest everyone has a small garden, even if it is just for herbs. There is an amazing elements that gets added to food when you are using freshly picked herbs that haven’t been sitting in the container at the store for days.
Tips to Growing your Own Vegetables at Home –
Start Small –
I started with just a few herbs in the window sill of my apartment in college. I then moved to some bigger potted vegetables on our patio. Finally, this year I got to build some raised beds and was able to plant a lot more vegetables.
Don’t Forget to Water & Water Based on Plant’s Need –
I know it sounds like a no brainer but your plants need just the right amount of water. You don’t want to get squash plants or their fruit damp during the watering process to help prevent rot. Cucumbers can split and go bad if watered too much, but carrots will split if they aren’t watered enough. It is a delicate balance, but let the plants tell you what they need. You should also water your plants in the mornings if possible. This will prevent them from wilting and keep them strong in the hot sun.
Get Your Hand Dirty –
This can bet really important to your overall health. You can read more about why I think getting your hands dirty is so important in my blog post Get Your Hands Dirty.
Understand What Kind of Vegetables and Fruits You Are Planting –
Certain plants grow better together than others. For example basil can be planted with most crops however, you want to keep any beans away from garlic, leeks, or onions. For a full list of complimentary plants check out Mother Earth News. Also know how big your plants are going to get. Don’t plant 5 pumpkin plants too close to each other or else they will crowd each other out!
Most plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight and some can do less. Depending on the area that they are planted in will determine what kind of fruits and vegetables you can successfully grow.
Plant Food –
Depending on where you are planting, you will need to have some compost or plant food to add to the soil. If you are wanting to make sure you plants stay organic don’t use a fertilizer with harsh chemicals. A plant food will improve the soil structure.
When you improve soil structure, the soil is better able to hold the proper balance of water, air and nutrients until they are required by plants. Plants respond by developing larger root systems. Larger roots support more vigorous top growth and make plants less susceptible to drought. And by stimulating a healthy population of beneficial microorganisms in the soil, plants become more resistant to insects and diseases.- Espoma
What Did I Plant This Year?
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Sugar Pumpkin
- Spaghetti Squash
- Raspberry Bushes