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A basic guide to planting your vegetable garden

Having your own vegetable garden can help you save money in the longer run. If you’re planting your vegetable garden for the first time, it’s ideal to learn how to plan and make a start. On this article, we’ll be providing a guide on how to start your vegetable garden. Let’s get started!

What to plant?

When planning what to plant for your garden, it’s always best to start small. Think about the type of vegetables that you eat the most. Also how much vegetables do you eat as well? You’ll find that some vegetables including chilli, peppers, squash and tomatoes are good to plant any time of the year. For some vegetables, you may want to find out which season is best to plant them.

How much space?

Now that you have an idea of what kind of plants you are looking to grow, you should be able to figure out the amount of space you need. Keep in mind that you won’t need a big space to start with. You can always start with whatever you currently have.

What you need to grow your plants

There are three basic rules that you must always apply to successfully grow your plants. Number one is to position your plants where it’s directed at the sun. Most plants will need at least 6-8 hours of sun as it will help the vegetables to grow. The next rule is to provide plenty of water for the soil. Lastly, the soil is the main base for success. Make sure to buy soils that are organic and well drained.

How to care for your plants

Depending on the season, you may want to think about how much water your plant will need. For instance, if the season is too dry and there isn’t any rain coming through then it’s important that you water the topsoil of the plant when they are looking dry. You may also want to invest in fertilising your vegetables.

What to Plant in Your Fall Vegetable Garden

You should make plans for fall planting well ahead. It is better to start preparing for fall in summer. You need to allow a lot of time for the seeds and plants to grow. It is important to know the first frost date in your areas so that you can make your gardening plans. Here are some plants you can have for your fall vegetable garden.

Broccoli

broccoliYou should plant the seedlings 10 weeks before the first frost date. It is better to plant them during the last hot summer days. You should mulch around them so that the ground remains cool and moist. You should use a low nitrogen fertilizer. It will take about 70 days to mature.

Brussels Sprouts

brussels-sproutsThese are the best vegetable for fall gardens. They taste really good in the cool weather. You should set the plants in mid-summer. It takes three months for the sprouts to appear. You can harvest them when they are firm and green. It takes 90 days to mature,

Cabbage

cabbageYou should plant the seedlings six to eight weeks before the first frost. You should give the seedlings protection from the sun. Fertile soil is required for cabbage to grow. It takes 70 days to mature.

Cauliflower

cauliflowerYou must plant the seedlings of cauliflower six to eight weeks before the first frost. It is a bit hard to grow cauliflower. It requires rich soil and consistent watering. If there are fluctuations in temperature and inadequate nutrients and moisture, then cauliflowers won’t grow to the proper size. It takes 60 days to mature.

Lettuce

lettuceYou should sow seeds in the late summer. The seedlings require consistent moisture and shade from the sun. It takes 45 to 60 days to harvest.

 

 

 

 

You should find out the number of days to maturity of a plant to determine when to plant it. The vegetables just mentioned are appropriate to plant in the fall season.