Vegetable gardening for beginners, part 4: Soil check and seed selection

Home gardening has captured the interest of many because of its practical and healthy advantages. As a result, more homeowners are looking into the idea of starting their own garden. 

The previous article discussed how to choose a location for a garden. In this one, it’s time to get started on growing plants. 

Before sowing seeds in a home garden, make sure that the soil is nutrient-rich and appropriate for planting. 

There are areas that are blessed to have the right kind of soil while there are some that are either too sandy, too much clay, or too much silt. Fortunately, problems like these can be solved by adding organic matter or compost to the mixture. 

If soil isn’t available at all, it’s best to purchase garden soil from reliable shops and sources. 

The next step is to choose which vegetable varieties to grow. Pay attention to the variety of seeds and their characteristics. Find out what is suitable for the conditions of a new home garden such as drought-resistant, pest-resistant, or improved yields. 

After that, decide whether to start from seeds or transplanting. Starting from seeds is best for slow-growing plants such as celery, kale, and broccoli. In the meantime, transplanting results in early maturing and an earlier harvest. 

Once the seeds or transplants are settled nicely in the garden, sit back, but don’t exactly relax just yet since proper management is needed in a successful home garden. This topic will be tackled in part 3

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