How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

A vegetable garden can be planted in almost any patch of land. The vegetables you choose to plant will depend on the climate in the area and the type of soil. Different plants need different plot sizes and different kinds of soil.

Before you begin planting, consider the location of your vegetable garden. Choose a place that gets plenty of sunlight. The area should be safe from animals that may eat or trample the plants.

Decide which plants to grow in your garden. Consider the type of soil you have and the climate in your area. You may visit a shop where vegetable seeds are sold and consult a gardening expert. If you wish to plant different kinds of vegetables, make sure that they are compatible with each other. Some plants might crowd each other while others might compete for the same nutrients in the soil.

It is also recommended to check the growth and progress of individual plants. Try allotting less space to plants that grow slowly and more to those that ripen quicker to allow the garden to remain productive.

You can also buy soil for your vegetable garden. This will enable you to choose your plants more easily since you can choose the appropriate soil to buy. The amount of soil you purchase depends on the size of the plot you chose.

Do not forget to check the soil before you use it on the plot. Test the moisture of the soil by holding a handful and squeezing it. The soil should crumble in your hand. If it sticks together, it is too damp.

To begin planting the garden, you will need the following materials and tools:

  • ruler;
  • seed markers;
  • bucket;
  • shovel;
  • rake;
  • watering can;
  • seeds; and
  • fertilizer.

Prepare your planting site. Use a rake to remove rocks and debris in the soil. These could interfere with the healthy growth of the plants. Add fertilizer to the soil after raking. Follow the instructions indicated for its use. Avoid adding too much fertilizer as this could harm the plants. Let the fertilizer settle in.

Plan where each type of vegetable will be planted. Draw the layout for your garden and pinpoint where each plant should be placed.

Dig trenches in the garden between areas where the vegetables will be planted. Create enough space so that you would not have to step on your plants.

Measure the distance between each plant with a ruler. The distance required by each type of plant is specified in the package of its seeds. Use the seed marker to indicate the rows where you would be planting each type of plant. Drop the seeds in the holes you have made and lightly cover them with soil. Pat the dirt gently.

Finally, water your seeds lightly. Be careful not to wash away the soil that covers them.