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Tips on How to Start Your Own Vegetable Garden

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Growing your own vegetable garden can be a very rewarding it can also be very challenging. If you have grown anything before (even if it was mere flowers), you will have some basic gardening skills. However, if this is your first time growing something, you should do some research first. This short gardening introduction contains the most important gardening tips for beginners which include rules that apply to all plants. However, each individual plant has its particular needs so once you are done reading the introduction to gardening, make sure to also do a little research on how to grow the exact types of vegetables that you are interested in.

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In order to learn how to start a vegetable garden, you must learn about all the things that plants need in order to thrive; but since every plant or vegetable has their own particular needs, you need to adapt your garden to them,and know when some need sunlight and others prefer the shade. All plants need natural light in order to grow, whether that light comes from direct sun exposure or it is filtrated by shade. If there are some flowers who can not only survive but actually thrive in the shadows, the same cannot be said for vegetables. Leafy greens are generally the less interested vegetables in sunlight, but they too require a partial sun exposure. Root crops such as carrots need moderate sun exposure and can grow even if they only see the morning sun. On the other hand fruity plants such as tomatoes require at least 6 hours of direct sun exposure. Given these facts, if you want to grow different types of vegetables in your garden, you might not want to put them all together, but rather divide them in patches suitable for the sun needs.

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This is probably the most underrated of all gardening tips for beginners, yet drainage is just as important as watering. Soil drainage is essential in order for plants to get the necessary air for their development. If you are not sure of whether or not your soil gets proper drainage, here’s a quick trick that you can try: dig a 10 inched hole in the ground and fill it with water. When the water is drained, fill it again. Now it will take longer for the water to drain, which is normal, but should it take more than 4 hours, then you have a problem. Soil drainage can be improved by building raised vegetable beds that you can fill with amended loam soil.

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The size of your garden is a very relative concept, since it doesn’t matter that much. For example, you can extend your vegetables in your whole yard and it wouldn’t matter, unless you used each yard to full potential. Furthermore, don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of space in your yard, as there are plenty of solutions to this matter. For example, square foot gardening is a big trend at the moment, and so are vertical gardens. If you want to know more on the matter of square foot gardening, in this article, you will find a concise introduction. As far as vertical gardens go, they are very cheap. You can use rain gutter pipes or plain plastic bottles are pots that you can mount on the wall. Vertical gardens are ideal for herbs but also for leafy greens.