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Starting Vegetable Gardens At Home

Starting a vegetable garden at home can be a great experience for a family. With more and more people living in the city families do not often get the experience of growing there own food. This is a sad side of city dwelling and fast pace lifestyles. There is a great satisfaction for both the individual and families in starting a vegetable garden. Even if people live in a crowded city it is a worthwhile endeavor to start a vegetable garden at home.

Children will enjoy spending time with their parents growing food for the family. Starting a vegetable garden will provide an excellent learning and bonding environment. It may take some careful planning but a vegetable garden can be grown almost anywhere.

Where to Start A Vegetable Garden

For people with yards the obvious place for a garden is in the yard. Although most people start a vegetable garden in their back yards the front yard can be an appropriate choice also. Landscaping with plants that also provide food is a great way to efficiently decorate the yard. For people who only have a patio or deck there are many resources available which will teach about container vegetable gardening.

This does mean the garden will be limited but having a few choice vegetables can be great. The most important things to consider, when deciding where to start a vegetable garden, are the sun exposure and water supply. The garden will need adequate light but will also need to be sheltered from severe weather. Most vegetables will not due well in a northern exposure. When starting a vegetable garden a person should spend some time looking at all the possibilities in and around their home for the best possible situation.

Preparations for Starting A Vegetable Garden

After deciding where to start the vegetable garden the soil becomes a major consideration. If it is affordable a person might want to get their soil analyzed for chemical consistency. This would be helpful but is not necessary. There are plenty of soil mixtures available at garden and nursery stores. These mixtures can be tilled into the soil in the garden area to make a good growing base.

Checking with the people at the local nurseries is a good idea because they will be familiar with the soil in the area and know the best additions to make. When choosing the soil another consideration is the type of vegetable garden being started. Certain plants will grow better in certain soils. With careful preparation, starting a vegetable garden can be quite simple and will produce great results for the whole family.


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Gardening Tip #6

Overwatering kills most houseplants. Looks can be deceptive, so to see if your soil is dry enough to water, try the finger test. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If the soil is damp, don't water it.