An edible garden is the stuff that dreams are made of. But, when it comes to gardening some people are left confused as to what is needed for their dream vegetable plot. You don’t have to have a lot of expensive equipment. But, you do need to be prepared to put in some work. It may be hard, but the fruits of your labour will be apparent.
Here is your beginners guide to growing your fruit and vegetable garden.
Where Does Your Garden Grow?
Think about what you need for your crops to grow. When you are planting fruit bushes, you will need a bright sunny spot in your garden. Root vegetables, however, don’t need this. They simply need good soil and plenty of darkness. So, planning what crops you want to grow means finding the perfect spot in your garden. Finding the ideal sunny corner of your garden is the best place to start. That way, you can grow a multitude of different fruits and vegetables.
Get Your Gear Together
Getting the right tools in place is imperative. You need to ensure that you have the right gardening instruments to get you started. Things like trowels, gloves and a watering can are absolute essentials. Before you go on a gardening shopping spree, it may be wise to see if your chosen fruits and vegetables have any particular gardening and growing requirements. That way, you can buy exactly what you need without wasting cash or resource.
Picking Your Plants
Hopefully, you will want to know what you want to grow. But, think about your diet and what you enjoy eating. After all, you don’t want to waste your delicious home-grown fruits and vegetables. Make sure that you are producing things that you won’t waste. What’s more, choosing with care means that you can often shop around for good deals. You don’t want to pay a small fortune for seeds and bushes.
Check Your Soil
Now you have found your ideal sunny spot, you need to verify the quality of your soil. This is a vital aspect of any gardening plan. Having a good quality soil is necessary for your efforts. After all, nothing can grow in poor soil. So, make sure that you have rich compost to soil for your fruit and vegetables to grow. If your soil is more like clay, it may be wise to start growing your crops in a planter or container. Make sure that your soil is free from rocks too. This can have a serious impact on the way in which your yield will harvest.
Of course, you need to make sure that you complete a PH test to check the acidity of your soil too. Some fruits love acid-based soil. If you are keen to grow your blueberries, an acidic soil will be perfect. But, if you want to grow beetroot, you will need a more alkaline based soil. Of course, you can plant your crops based on your soils current state. But, if you want to grow something more to your taste, add limestone and bone meal to neutralise the earth. After all, variety is the spice of life!
Growing your own has never been easier. What will you produce in your new fruit and vegetable plot?