If you’re new to vegetable gardening, starting can seem intimidating. To be a successful vegetable gardener, one of the best things you can do is to prepare.
1. Location, location, location
The location of your vegetable garden will be essential when it comes to growing healthy plants! Choose a sunny location that gets at least six hours of sun per day. Ensure that your location has good soil and consider enriching it with compost if your soil quality is poor. Choose a location that isn’t prone to flooding, wind or dryness. Read more about soil health here.
2. Start small
Starting out small is essential, especially if you’re a beginner gardener. You don’t want to get overwhelmed by the upkeep. Gardening should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience! A good size to start with is a 3 x 5 m (16 x 10 foot) plot. Consider easy vegetables to begin with, such as tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, beets, carrots, and radishes. Our vegetable garden starter kit contains a selection of easy-to-grow vegetables to get you started. Want success in year 1? Find our full beginner guide here.
3. Growing the best vegetables
While location and size are great places to start, there are a few other key factors to producing tasty, healthy vegetables.
- First, plant good viable seeds. Learn about our seed testing and quality control here.
- From the moment you plant the seeds, make sure you’re watering them adequately so they’re getting the water they need to produce healthy vegetables.
- It’s also important that you plant your seeds and harvest the vegetables at the right time. Check the seed packages to find out when you should be planting and when they’ll be ready for harvesting. Use our osc-vegetable-planting-guide to help get the timing just right!
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