Growing veggies allows me to provide my family with healthy food that I know doesn’t contain any toxins. I like being able to offer my family fresh veggies during the summer. They always taste so good when they are picked right out of the garden! Here are 7 vegetable garden ideas for you to use this summer.
7. Start Small
If you are wondering whether growing veggies is something you can fully commit to doing, then why not try for a small garden at first. Plant a few vegetables in containers or a small garden plot and see how it goes before you run out and purchase 10 of everything.
6. Stagger Crops so You Have Fresh Veggies Most of the Year
Vegetables aren’t only able to be grown during the spring and summer. There are plenty of fall and cool weather seeds that do very well in most climates. You can buy an artificial light source as well and even have a plant or two during the winter time. It’s such an excellent feeling to cut up fresh veggies for dinner during a cold winter evening!
5. Find the Perfect Garden Plot before You Buy Plants
Locating the right area for your veggie garden is something that should be done before you purchase any seeds or plants. You’ll need to make sure the ground is ready for planting, fences are put up if necessary, and that you have all the tools you need to maintain the garden.
4. Choose Crops Suitable for Your Climate
A successful garden is easier to grow when you buy seeds and plants that will survive in your geographical location. For instance, I think banana trees are one of the neatest plants around, but I live in a place where it gets extremely cold during the winter months. Because of this I’m unable to grow banana trees out in my front garden.
3. Utilize Your Garden Space Wisely
It might be nice to space veggies out so that you can easily walk between each row, but make sure to place plants the minimum distance away from one another so that you don’t have a lot of wasted space. This will also allow less room for weeds to grow in between your veggies.
2. Co-op with a Neighbor
Maybe you have a large garden space, but your family isn’t too fond of veggies. If you have a neighbor who might like to utilize some of your space then you could both take turns caring for a large garden, instead of you trying to maintain the entire plot on your own. Another idea would be to grow only a few types of veggies and trade some of your produce with a neighbor who grows completely different veggies that you also enjoy eating.
1. Grow Some Veggies in Containers
I was fascinated with the idea of being able to grow a tomato plant in a 5-gallon bucket. I was even more excited when I found out that a multitude of plants can be successfully grown in containers. This opened up a whole new world for me, seeing as I lived in the city at the time and didn’t have a yard to plant a veggie garden in the first place.
Do you have big plants for a large garden this summer or are you sticking to a smaller one? I hope you find some ideas listed above that help you have a very successful crop this year and many years to come.
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