Vegetable gardening is a very rewarding (and tasty!) experience, even for the beginner! But building your first vegetable plot can be daunting. We’ll show you how to start your vegetable garden, from the ground up, and soon you’ll be on your way to tasty vegetables grown in your own garden!
Choose your plot
The first step to start your vegetable garden is choosing where your plot should go. This is a very important step – all plants, especially vegetables, have specific requirements in order to grow.
- Sun is Everything – Most vegetables (and herbs!) need at least 6 hours of direct sun per day.
- Soil is also Everything – Plants need soft soil that their roots can easily grow through, so loamy soil is ideal. Proper drainage will ensure that water neither collects on top nor drains away too quickly.
- Plant in a stable environment – You don’t want to plant in a place that’s prone to flooding during heavy rains, or in a place that tends to dry out a lot. You also don’t want to plant somewhere where strong winds could knock over your young plants or keep pollinators from doing their job..
Work up your soil
Now that you’ve chosen your spot, you’re ready to work up your soil.
- Till Your In-Ground Plot – Here’s a great article on tilling a new plot.
- Weed Control – If you are tilling an in-ground plot, weed control is very important, but easy to combat. Simply putting cardboard or newspaper under your soil will help prevent existing weeds from growing through.
- Amend Your Soil – Soil amendments like compost or Bumper Crop® provide essential nutrients for your vegetables. Mix this with your top soil, whether in-ground or in a raised bed.
Protecting from pests, pets
The last step is also important – one of the top downfalls of a vegetable garden is destruction from animals and pests.
- Fencing – The best way to keep animals (pests and pets alike) out of your vegetable garden is to build a fence around it. You can do this using wood and either netting or plastic. Make sure you build one high enough to deter deer from jumping it.
- Repellent – Another good thing to do is to lay repellent outside of your fence. This will not hurt animals, but does help to keep them away.
* Generally, you would not treat your vegetables for insect pests until you start to see signs on your established plants.
Now that you’ve built your plot, you’re ready to start planning your garden.
Want to start growing your seed now? We have a guide for that to!