With the growing interest in growing our own food, people are continually looking for information regarding vegetable gardening for beginners. Many times in order to just get going in a new project, people will need a good plan, good information, and an easy to follow system to get the project going. There is no difference in vegetable gardening for beginners. Here are five tips to get your vegetable garden going and start producing your own food.
Get an easy system to follow
There is a lot of information out there giving tips and techniques to get you going in your own vegetable garden. The problem with much of this information is that it is too fragmented and not as easy to follow from start to harvest. There is though a system that will take you through the entire process. Jonathan White has created a Food 4 Wealth system that is not only a self sustainable agricultural system; it is also an easy system to follow from start to finish. The Food 4 Wealth system is designed to be a less time consuming system that Jonathan claims can save up to $5,000 per year in grocery bills. Vegetable gardening for beginners doesn’t need to be difficult, as a matter of fact the easier it is the more people that will get involved.
Make it cost effective
Many beginner vegetable gardeners don’t have a lot of money to get started. Elaborate drip irrigation systems or buying all of the plant seedlings can get pretty expensive. It really depends on the budget of the gardener, but one of the easiest ways is to collect seeds from some of your favorite vegetables from the grocery store and plant them in containers. Something as simple as planting in five gallon buckets can be a good way to get started. The only thing I would not skimp on is the quality of the soil. Soil is the most important ingredient in the plants life that we may have to pay for. Making vegetable gardening for beginners more cost effective is a way to insure more people get involved and stay involved in growing food for them.
Keep it simple
This ties into the cost of the garden as well, but keeping it simple will go a long way to keeping people interested vegetable gardening. Planting only a couple of plants the first season will decrease the time spent to set up and maintain a garden. Concentrating on the basics of keeping everything watered and weed free is enough work for any beginner gardener. My first garden was some old wash tubs and five gallon buckets placed outside my back door. The most work I did to those containers that first year was some watering when I thought there wasn’t enough. Vegetable gardening for beginners should not be too complicated.
Get good sunlight
I made the mistake of limited sunlight one of the early years that I did my make shift garden. I planted some tomato plants in my back yard around a tree. There wasn’t much sunlight in the back yard and the plants didn’t do so well. There was some sunlight back there, but it was only a little over four hours on certain days. Since I planted them under a tree I should have considered that there would be limited sun light, but it never crossed my mind until I started wondering why the plants where just not growing so well.
Make it fun
Making it fun is the key to vegetable gardening for beginners. If you’re not having fun it will be tough to keep it going. There are several things to do just to keep it fun. One and the most basic ways to keeping it fun is to just keep it in scale. If you bite off more than you can chew, it will get tiresome to keep up with and the results will not be what you will expect. Start with one tomato or pepper plant in a planter. When you start to see the vegetables starting to grow it will give you motivation to continue with a bigger operation the following year. Only work on your plants or garden when you want to.
If you put a tomato plant in a pot on your porch, the only thing you will need to do is give it some water every day or every other day. You really don’t need to weed or fertilize unless you really want to. If you are planting in the ground you probably don’t have to do anything. Let Mother Nature take care of the watering. The only thing you really need to do is to sit and watch them grow. If you are really having fun, ramp it up a little and give them a little plant food to make them grow bigger or stronger. Never make gardening feel like work.