Vegetable gardening is a rewarding pastime that enables home gardeners to provide healthy food for their household. Vegetable gardens also help gardeners save money on grocery expenses by reducing the amount of money spent on produce. There are different ways to grow vegetables, each dependent on the amount of space and time you have for your garden.
According to EdibleContainerGardening.com, every vegetable plant that can be grown in the ground can also be grown in a container. The size of the container is determined by the full-grown size of the plant. For example, small crops like herbs are grown in small pots, while tomatoes and cucumbers need large, wide containers to grow in. A benefit of growing vegetables in containers is the ability to move the containers in or out of the sun or rain.
The most common method of vegetable gardening is directly in the ground. Gardeners who grow vegetables in the ground must first prepare the land before planting. This involves the removal of grass and weeds, as well as the use of gardening borders to keep grass at bay. Planting in traditional garden beds is done in rows, with each row dedicated to one crop.
A raised bed is a cross between a traditional garden and a container garden. A raised bed is slightly above the ground, and filled with potting mix and/or compost. The raised bed's borders are made of wood, plastic, cinder blocks or any other material that will keep the soil in and grass out. Planting in raised beds is done in rows, as a traditional garden.
Lasagna gardening may sound like a garden full of zesty vegetables used to make a lasagna, but it's not. Lasagna gardening involves building up layers of organic material that eventually decomposes into rich soil. The layers include fresh clippings, brown clippings, newspaper, manure and compost. Vegetable plants are planted in small hollows within the layers.
Vegetables can be grown indoors easily, with the use of products like the Aerogarden, which provides light and hydroponic nutrients to developing plants. These growers fit on kitchen counter tops, and allow for easy access to vegetables while cooking. The drawback is that they can only grow small crops such as herbs and small tomatoes.