Are you debating on the idea of growing a veggie garden. Are you wondering what steps to take to jumpstart your garden and the location needed?
Growing a garden isn’t as simple as picking a spot in your yard and digging it out. There are many things you need to take into consideration.
I understand that there are many people who are just starting out, so if you aren’t sure what you need to be looking for to jumpstart your garden, then you came to the right place.
I’ll tell you what you need to look for to find the best spots for your healthy veggie garden.
How to Find a Healthy Garden Location
Even though this is obvious most vegetables desire sunlight, most life does, which means they will need access to the sun, six hours a day to remain healthy. But usually the amount doesn’t matter as long as they get sunlight.
As long as you can find a spot that gets full sun for 6-to 10 hours a day, you found an ideal spot to jumpstart the growth of your garden.
If your not able to find a location on your property that gets that kind of sunlight, you could consider other avenues to grow a garden. especially if you don’t have the space. Indoor gardening such as with sprouters to grow microgreens is another option.
Healthy Gardens Crave Water
Every living creature on this planet needs water to be healthy and get a jumpstart. We can’t live without it, are body is made up of most of it, and we need it, so does you garden.
You’ll need to make sure the location you found is near water, of course if you have a hose then hopefully it’s long enough to reach the garden location.
But if you really want to be prepared maybe a wheelbarrow that specializes in collecting water would be useful to jumpstart your endeavor.
Soil Foundation Matters
The soil is the foundation for your garden. If you can find an area in your yard that has decent soil, that would be the ideal place to jumpstart your garden.
Vegetation receives it’s nutrients through the roots, your soils are incredibly important to the health and production of your plants.
Ideally, you want a soil that is both well aerated so that it can provide oxygen to your roots, and be able to hold moisture for hydration and nutrient uptake.
If you are unsure if the soil is good try the soil test. Drench the area with water and let it stand for a day.
The next day, grab a handful of dirt and squeeze it as hard as you can to compress it.
When you open your hands, if the soil crumbles , you know that it is to sandy. If it falls apart gently like clumps or lets say like a brownies, you know that the soil is good.
Ideally for healthy soil the aim should be 40% sand, 40% clay, and 20% silt that should create loamy soil that is easy to work with.
Deciding on What Plants to Grow
What plants should you choose? Choosing which plants to jumpstart this whole planting process, can quickly get out of control.
Small seedlings mature quickly, and if you not too familiar with growth habits of certain plants, it is best to start with fewer plants than what you think you need.
The more time , and the more familiarity you have with gardening, then overtime absolutely add more.
You should aim for easy to grow plants, when getting started. Avoid any that requires a lot of specialized care at first so you become familiar with how certain grow plants look and grow together.
A vegetable garden, in particular can quickly get overwhelming. Using a garden planner of sorts can jumpstart and help you layout your garden. You can get a phone app or a journal something to give you a layout or idea of your garden.
Seeds Versus Seedlings
Determining whether to start your garden from seed or a seedling is important.
Colder climates may see you learning towards starting indoor gardening. Basically growing indoors with the seedling will help get a jumpstart on a shorter growing season.
seeds are much more budget friendly. But you can accidently overplant when working with seeds as opposed to seedlings. You will have to thin your plants eventually!
But it’s great way to start learning about growth habits and gets you into a regular care routine for you healthy veggie garden.
Vegetables And Fruits That Are Ideal to Begin With
Since you’ve made it this far i can assume your serious about getting started with this.
If you want to start growing your own food, growing your own resources, then to begin with choose some simple options to get started with.
You don’t want to find yourself overwhelmed with these fast growing habits that begin producing more than you can handle.
Once you have an idea of how much each plant can produce and how much you are harvesting and storing what you pick. Then you can to add more.
Jumpstart your garden with leafy greens , cucumbers, kale, zucchini, peas, green beans or other squash varieties. Or other vegetables such as radishes, carrots and beats which are easy seeds to sow and grow.
What about fruits? Strawberries are a favored fruit that grows in abundance , and can be planted in baskets, garden beds or planters just as easily as if it were being planted in the ground.
When do i Plant?
knowing when to plant has a lot to do with your growing zone, and what you observe from the weather your experiencing in your area.
Spring is that season to jumpstart your gardening. Depending on the area especially in this season a good amount of crops should be able to tolerate most of the cold nippy nights and some light freezes.
Plants need to be cared for , this is why new gardeners should start small and work there way up to bigger yields. Once your plants begin to grow, you need to know how to keep them cared for.
Important to note, flat ground is important! if you never planted anything always keep this in mind. It is essential that you plant on flat land, do not jumpstart your gardening on a hill.
You will have water running downhill when you water your garden, your plants can be drowned, there may even be a unequal distribution of water. The last thing you need is seeds washing away during watering.
Find flat ground to place your healthy veggie garden. Make sure that your garden location can breath you want the plants that your planning to grow, to breath.
Your vegetable garden needs ample space to breath, it may sound trivial but proper airflow can deter different types of mold and mildew from growing on your plants.
Diseases can kill your garden, and they spread easily if there is no airflow. Airflow is one of the primary preventions for these diseases.
Fertilizing Your Soil
Even though well amended soils will need very little in the way of nutrient addition upon initial planting, over time you may want to apply specific fertilizers to jumpstart your production and growth throughout the season.
The building blocks of vegetation is nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and the addition of slow-release fertilizers that contain these nutrient support plant growth.
rich compost can also be used to help raise nutrient levels at any time, consider quick release options as your plants begin to produce fruits and veggies to help this step in their maturity.
All your watering, soil care and fertilization will also feed unwanted vegetation. The dreaded weed seeds and sprouts, these are usually brought in by visiting birds, or found in the soil.
The best way to stay on top of this is to always check your gardens regularly and pull or till them as they appear. Of course there are other methods to avoid this, garden beds will help for the most part.
We talk in great detail about some of the more dangerous insects you should be wary of when you garden. Learn more here.
Starting a garden is a great way to jumpstart your journey with the outdoors. Being able to surround yourself with crops things that you you’ve grown is a beautiful thing.
You can easily save money and influence healthier eating habits from what you’ve grown.
Get started, start simply with an area and a idea , and jumpstart the idea you worked out in your mind! Work towards building the garden you ultimately desire.