Vegetable gardening for beginners, part 2: Grow only what you can eat

Vegetable gardening in a home setting has piqued the interest of many urban dwellers because it’s a great way to save money and make sure that the produce they harvest is chemical free. 

In the previous article, aspiring vegetable gardeners are advised to start small because it helps in learning the basics such as watering, weeding, and overall maintenance of the garden. 

Once these basics are learned by heart, the next step is to focus on what to grow in a vegetable garden. 

Aside from thinking of the crops that are commonly consumed, there are other things to consider before picking up a shovel and sowing the seeds. 

One concern is productivity. Estimate how much produce can be consumed by a family and what would happen to the excess. A common mistake that beginner gardeners make is that they plant too many crops that fruit all year-long. Plant only enough to provide for a family and prepare a plan for the surplus, whether it’s to be sold or given to neighbors. 

To avoid a surplus of produce in a vegetable garden, try planting successive crops. This means planting crops successively depending on the coming season. For example, during the cold season, plant lettuce, carrots, and peas. Once they’ve been harvested, plant hot-weather favorites such as tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and herbs. This will ensure a continuous and diverse supply of vegetables in the garden. 

When the vegetables have been carefully chosen, the next thing to think about is choosing a spot for a garden, which will be discussed in the next article

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