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How to Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden

The benefits to you and your family are not only the savings that can be made by raising produce from seed to production, but the fact that this is an exercise that the whole family can enjoy.

Certainly there is no better feeling than harvesting fresh produce that hasn't been treated with sprays and non organic fertilizers.

It will taste so much better and without any contaminants be so much healthier. If your micro climate allows, you may be able to enjoy seasonable produce at almost no cost when it is still expensive at the market.

Choice of plants to grow is important and here are some tips on managing your garden from siting and preparation right through to management during the growing season.

The size and situation of your plot will be determined by the amount of spare land you have available and how much time you are prepared to commit.

Don't despair if you only have a few square feet, as even the planting of herbs can save you money and give an attractive outlook. The best advice is to look for an area where a raised bed can be created to allow easier access for planting and weeding. The best plan is also to ensure protection from prevailing winds but south facing to get maximum sunshine.

When you have a site then choose your growing medium carefully to allow for free draining soil, but with an ability to retain moisture at root level.

Well worked in compost will assist with this and as another benefit you can begin right away with creating your own mulch from food waste and garden or lawn clippings. By learning how to recycle and compost your trash, you could easily bring recycling from the kitchen into the garden.

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Make sure water can easily be provided and consider options on how to harvest rainwater and grey water from household sources. Gardens are thirsty especially during harvest times so try to avoid the need to carry buckets too far uphill.

Before planting consider what type of vegetable you would most like and the return for effort put in. Planting several zucchini at once will give you many more than a family can enjoy and they take up a large area when mature.

Consider growing varieties of vegetable than are not always available in your market and are even a bit exotic. Baby root crops, greens that have a different look and taste from the standard will create excitement when they mature and look great in salads.

Some vegetables can be raised from seed and heirloom varieties can be sourced from online growers happy to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with a novice grower. You might want to check out some of the reccommnend vegetables to grow in your garden.

Some vegetables can also be planted in hanging baskets to decorate a patio and provide food as well. One thing you may consider if you have little ground of your own is to start a community project or involve your children and their classmates. Learning together, not just the techniques of production but the maths and science involved, will produce results that go far beyond having something for the table!

Remember also that there are many helpful garden center suppliers and online sites where you can go for additional advice on what may be best for your local climate. Sometimes things will go wrong but don't give up. Even the most experienced growers can have a crop disaster brought on by a sudden change in weather.

At the very least you will have had some time in the open air and exercise even if the result is only a few baby tomatoes!

If you're looking for a guide to growing your own vegetables, look no further than "1 Stop Organic Gardening":

Best of luck with your vegetable garden.