Planning a Vegetable Garden

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When you first decide that you are going to use your back garden for growing vegetables you may feel a sense of slight panic about how you are going to plan, what seeds you want to plant and how, if you can, succeed at vegetable gardening. Let me put your fears at rest because if you follow your heart and a few simple tips you too can have a beautiful well planned vegetable garden to be proud of.

When first planning a vegetable garden you need to know what kind of soil you have to work with as the type of soil you have determines what vegetables and plants that you are going to be able to grow successfully. If you feel that your soil is not of the best quality you can mix in large volumes of ready made compost that will increase your soils potential, fertility and moistness. If you are on a budget then why not try and make your own compost. All of the kitchen leftovers such as vegetable shavings and cuttings, fruit cores, pips and seeds, any degradable food waste should be placed into a hole that you should dig in the corner of your garden. Once full place a layer of the soil loosely over it again. Within a few days to a week you will have fresh, organic compost that has cost you nothing. Some local council provide you with free composting bins to help with recycling, this is a rich source of compost that is perfect for giving your garden nutrients.

The next thing you need to plan is what vegetables you want to plant and where you want to plant them. Now you have managed to make your soil fertile and ready for planting you need to decide what type of beds you want to create for them. You can create open soil bed that is marked out using wires or even small fences to separate them and then the seeds themselves are planted directly into the open soil. The other option is raised beds. Raised beds have a few advantages over open soil beds as they are often more effective and the outcome more guaranteed in success. It all comes down to the amount of sunlight you get on your plot, the amount of rain and watering and also how much you fertilize your soil. But open soil beds are just as effective if not more in other ways.

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