How to Get Started with Growing Your Own Fruit and Veggies

Growing your own fruit and vegetables at home can be a very rewarding hobby in more ways than one. Not only does producing your own food mean that you’ll be able to save money on the cost of your grocery shopping, it’s also kinder to the environment and means that you’ll be healthier as a result of eating organic, home-grown products instead of the mass-produced versions that are usually sold at the grocery store. As long as you have a garden, it’s easier than you think to get started with producing some of your favorite fruits and veggies at home. Take a look at our guide to get started!
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#1. Preparing Your Garden:

If you have decided that growing fruits and vegetables at home is something that you’d like to do, then the first step is to make sure that your garden is the right place for your plants to thrive. Before you can begin to plant, it’s important to go over your garden and make sure that it’s fully prepared for the project. Start by loosening the soil with a hoe, shovel or garden rake, and adding some compost or other kind of organic matter to the ground. Ideally, you will want to loosen the soil to around 12-18 inches deep – how long this will take will depend on your soil and the condition that it is in. For dry soil, add some water first and allow it to soak for a day or two to make this job easier.

#2. Planning:

Once your garden is ready to become a host to fruit and vegetable plants, it’s time to get planning. Firstly, consider the time of year – if you want your fruits and vegetables to be flourishing in the summer, then it’s important to make sure that the right seeds are planted at just the right time. Secondly, consider the amount of space that you have. Certain fruits and vegetables, such as onions, potatoes, green bell peppers, and even tomatoes can be grown in a small space whilst others such as pumpkins, squash, beans, and peas require at least a few yards of space to be able to spread out and grow properly. If you live in a colder area and want to grow fruits such as strawberries, you may need to add an indoor space such as a greenhouse to make this possible. Read more about growing climbing strawberry plants here.

#3. Planting:

Now that you’re all prepared, it’s time to get to the fun part – planting! Once you get started, bear in mind that as a general rule, most plants will need a depth at least twice their diameter for optimum growth. Depending on what you plan to plant, have a rotation plan in place – veggies such as lettuce, carrots, radishes, and peas can be planted every 2-3 weeks to extend your harvest and ensure that you have enough to last you all summer long. For most fruit and vegetable seeds, you’ll start seeing seedlings around 2-3 weeks after planting.

Do you have helpful tips to add? We’d love to hear about your vegetable garden adventures in the comments!

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