How to Start a Vegetable Garden

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Start a vegetable garden by laying out a thick layer of organic compost, planning out what to plant where and researching which vegetables will grow best. Only plant vegetables that the family will eat with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to start a vegetable garden. So, in these economic times and now it's so trendy to have your own organic garden. So, when you're starting your vegetable garden, it's a reality and it's something that's going to benefit your self and your family. And it's very easy to do. But you want to make sure that you have a real good sunny spot with good drainage. You never want to start a vegetable garden in the shade, or somewhere that's just clay, and doesn't have any good soil. And you want to use lots of composted, organic or potting soil in your vegetable garden. You want it to have lots of nutrition. You don't want to just have it in clay. And so, when you're starting your vegetable garden, it's always nice to take a piece of paper and make a graph with little squares, and kind of plan ahead of where you want to plant things. Because plants take a different amount of space. For example, a corn should be planted three feet apart, whereas spinach is only six inches apart, and peas should be only three inches apart, because they have a little line, so you want to give them a little tee pee, or something to grab onto. So, when you're planting your vegetable garden, you just want to take the time to make a plan, before you plant. And, if it's a real cold climate crop, like peas or carrots, you can plant them right after the last frost. Whereas if it's a tomato or watermelon, you don't want to plant that until it's fifty degrees at night and seventy degrees during the day, consistently for a week. And then that way it will grow very quickly and produce tomatoes right away for you. So, just do a little bit of research, and only plant the vegetables that you intend to eat. Because it's really worthless to have spinach if you don't like spinach, or it's worthless to five plants of corn if you only think your family's going to eat a few ears. So, that way, you can have plenty of vegetables in your garden and you can enjoy them the whole summer, through the fall.