Gardening can be a very rewarding hobby. For some, growing vegetables is a way of life. Vegetable gardens can help reduce your family's grocery budget and you can grow exactly what your family will eat and enjoy. Seed gardens do not have to be very big. The size is usually dependent on how much space you have. With a little preparation and time, it is easy to start your own garden and grow your own vegetables.
Choose an area to plant your garden. The area should get at least eight to 10 hours of sunshine a day. Vegetables need a lot of light so choose an area away from the shade of buildings and trees.
Test the soil's pH with a soil test kit before you begin planting. The ideal pH is 6.5. If the pH is too low then you should add an application of lime to the soil. If the pH is too high you should add sulfur. Follow the directions on the packages to properly balance the pH. Wait a week and retest the soil.
Hoe the garden, making sure to break apart any weeds and remove rocks and other debris.
Apply a layer of compost and till it into the soil. If the area is very small you can use a hoe to break apart the soil and mix in the compost. Add a 5-5-5 fertilizer to the soil as well so that your vegetables will have plenty of nutrients.
Plant your seeds in early spring. Use single rows for planting. Use your hoe and drag a small indention in the soil about 1 to 2 inches deep. Try to keep the rows straight.
Drop your seeds into the indentions. Place several seeds every few inches, planting different vegetables in each row. It's helpful to mark the rows so that you know what you have planted in each.
Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of soil. Use the hoe or rake to drag the soil to cover the seed. Do not pack the soil down; leave it loose on top of the seeds.
Water the area well and keep the ground moist while the seedlings begin to grow. You will need to water the garden every day. Reduce the amount you water your garden to every other day once the seedlings have established themselves. After your seedlings begin to grow you will begin to see vegetables in about two months.