Facts About Growing a Vegetable Garden


There is nothing more satisfying than growing and harvesting your own vegetables. With a few handy tips, you can have your own vegetable garden, start eating healthier and save money at the same time.


The ideal garden site should have at least six hours of full sunlight per day. It should also be well-drained with good quality soil. The size should be manageable for your commitment level. Choose plants based on your family's preferences.

Soil Preparation

The soil should retain moisture while still allowing for proper drainage. It should contain abundant organic matter, or fertilizer should be added as necessary.

Planting Basics

Stake out the position of your plants according to their care instructions. Pay close attention to the proper depth and spacing of the plants.

Using Seeds

Dig a furrow along the marker stakes using the proper depth. Distribute the seeds evenly along the furrow, cover with a thin layer of soil and gently water them in.

Using Bedding Plants

Bedding plants should be well-watered prior to placing them in the ground. Place plants in a hole that is a little wider and deeper than the roots. Firm the soil around the plants, and water.


Water your vegetable plants as often as needed. Mulching around the plants will help with water retention and will deter weeds. Monitor plants for pests and mitigate accordingly.

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Vikki McMahon attended the College of New Jersey before experiencing a variety of career choices, including the pharmaceutical research field, the real estate industry, and the Insurance industry. She has been a freelance writer for 3 years and shares her enthusiasm for parenting and home and garden topics, with published articles appearing on stressfreeliving.com and thebabybin.com.

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