Starting a Vegetable Garden

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Starting a Vegetable Garden

Article by Farmer Dave

Plant your garden today! Kick up your heels the sun is finally shining. Get out and smell the flowers and dig in the earth and grow your dinner and your breakfast too! It’s easy to grow your own organic food, and beat the high prices for free. You can also grow some beautiful flowers and spring is the time to start. The first step to growing your garden is to find a good spot with at least 6 hours of direct sun.Next, visualize your dream garden and imagine all your favorite vegetables, then make a garden plan. Next prepare your garden beds and plant your garden!So what goes into a garden plan? What do you like to eat most and what will grow well in your location? Every good plan will consist of:* List of garden vegetables and flower* Garden bed layout: Type, shape and placement of your garden beds and perennial plants.* First and last frost dates* Compost Area* Water system* Optional – green house or cold frameAll these elements will interrelate and enhance each other, creating a fine-looking garden. Draw out a plan and order your seeds! Although gardening is flexible and always growing, having a solid plan in place first will help you avoid frustration and give you a good start. You can draw out your plans by hand or use some of the new on-line garden planning programs. I have been having fun working with an on-line planner this season for the first time. I have always done my garden planning on paper and there were always lots of erasing, changes and rough drafts. Making garden plans used to be an unpleasant and messy chore for me. Now I am having fun making my garden plan, and changing it and playing around as much as I want in just seconds using an on-line gardening tool.Once you have a good plan and list of all your favorite veggies. Order your seeds or buy some from your local nursery or feed store.Prepare your garden beds:There are many options for making garden beds, some include raised beds, square foot gardening or old- fashioned hand or tiller dug garden beds. If you have a large garden old fashioned garden beds are probably the best. If you have a small area, raised beds or square foot gardening will be the most productive.Start small if this is your first garden, be sensible and don’t get overwhelmed. It is better to have a beautiful maintained garden that you can take care of than a big weed patch that is so overwhelming that you dread going in your garden. You can get an amazing amount of great food out of a small garden.Compost is crucial. Don’t delay stat your compost today! Turn your garbage to gold.No matter how big your garden is and where you put it you will need to feed your soil. There is nothing that compares with rich compost for growing productive gardens. Always grow organic! For your health and the health of the planet, it just doesn’t make sense and cost dollars to use chemical fertilizers, herbicides (weed control) or pesticides. I have been growing my food organically for over 30 years and have beautiful productive gardens! It is important to know what nutrients your soil is rich in and what nutrients you will need to add to have a productive garden. Test your soil and add the required organic nutrient’s. Let the soil settle and then plant seeds and starts and you will soon be eating some of the best food you have ever tasted and will probably have enough for all your friends too.I hope you are inspired to plant your organic garden today. To a great garden season!Farmer Dave

About the Author

Farmer Dave is here to give you a helping hand when it comes to Starting a vegetable garden. Start with a dream, plan on a reality. Grow your own food and feed your family better food than money can buy. This article should give you a good start. For the last 35 years our family has been growing over 80% of our food in large organic gardens on our homestead farm which includes a barn and a milk cow, some goats and chickens. I am offering a free online organic gardening course to repay all the great teachers I have had on my garden path. This course will give you lots more details on the creation of an abundant organic harvest of some of the best food you will ever taste. So enjoy this free gardening course and let me know how your garden grows.Think Global, Plant Local and keep in touchFarmer Dave

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