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How to start a vegetable garden
Every one of us wants to eat fresh and organically grown vegetables and some of us even think about starting a vegetable garden of our own. But in most cases, we do not implement this plan for various reasons. The most common ones are lack of space, lack of time and lack of expertise. You’d be surprised to know that after setting up a garden, it takes very little time or effort to maintain it. The initial period of planning the layout of the vegetable garden, selecting the vegetables to be planted and the actual planting activity takes a lot of time. After that, it is relatively easy, as long as you have taken enough care in the planning stage.
Vegetable garden does not necessarily need lot of space. If properly planned, even a small patch of land in the back yard of a house, can yield produce that is good enough to save the gardener substantial money. But to achieve this, one must firstly understand the composition of soil and the then identify the plants that suit the type of soil. Vegetable garden guides often neglect to mention this aspect to aspiring gardeners. Wrongly selected plants can lead to extra work time and eventual disenchantment and abandonment of the vegetable garden.
The next step is to prepare the soil for plantation. This is a very important step towards final success. Soil has inherent nutrients that can nourish plants but addition of organic (or even inorganic) additives will quicken the nourishment process of the plants in the vegetable garden. Natural compost is a great way to replenish the soil. The next step is tilling the soil. The added compost needs to be mixed with the top layer of the soil and the best way to do this is to till. You can run a rake over the top layer of the soil repeatedly till the top layer is thoroughly churned.
After this, you must plant the crops in the vegetable garden. The plants must be evenly spread out with adequate gaps between two plants. Adequate watering of plants (once a day is enough in most cases) and frequent replenishment of the soil through organic fertilizers are necessary. Occasional de-weeding is also essential. Even though these activities sound like a lot of work, with time and practice, they can be done in just a few minutes each day. Gardeners must guard against over indulgence (heavy handedness) while taking care of plants. It is better to be moderate than otherwise to ensure success of the vegetable garden.