Creating a Vegetable Garden

Growing your own vegetables has never been so popular, and it is something which is straightforward to achieve in your garden.

How Do You Start a Vegetable Garden From Scratch?

First and foremost, you want to choose a section of your garden where you wish to grow vegetables. Whilst you may be tempted to start growing lots of things at once, it is better and easier to start gradually.

The creation of a vegetable garden can begin at any point during the year, however Spring and Autumn, and in particular March, are the best times to commence sowing seeds.

A few other points to consider:

  • Space: If you are planning to grow more vegetables over time ensure you leave plenty of space for growing more.
  • Shade: Vegetables need sunshine and do not excessive shade. Somewhere with dappled shade would be the ideal location.
  • Watering: You will need to be consistent with the watering of your crops, so bear this in mind. You’ll need easy access to a tap or alternatively a water butt.
  • A Plan: It is well worth taking the time to design the layout of your new garden. Over time you’ll need to rotate your vegetables around the garden to prevent diseases from ruining your crops.

With the design work completed you will need to prepare the land for your new garden:

  • Ensure all the weeds and any stones are removed from the area.
  • If you decide to dig out a larger area than needed put down a cover, such as thick cardboard or a plastic membrane to help reduce weed growth on areas not being use.
  • Level off the soil

Many prefer to grow vegetables in raised beds, rather than directly into the soil. This can be for a variety of reasons, such as your soil quality comprising of clay or chalk or if you prefer your crops to be slightly off the ground and easier to bend down to.

If you do decide to grow your vegetables in a raised bed ensure this is filled with a soil-based compost.

What Should I Put At the Bottom Of A Raised Bed?

To prevent weeds from growing up inside your raised beds we would recommend putting down one of the following materials at the bottom of the bed before adding soil and compost:

  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Concrete Slab (must be drilled to allow for drainage)
  • Landscape Fiber

Whilst all of the above are suitable, Newspaper and cardboard will over time disintegrate whilst concrete and landscape fiber are better options long term.

What is The Easiest Vegetable to Grow?

There are a number of Vegetables which are easy to grow at home, perfect for those who are new at growing your own.

The below table features a number of example vegetables which can be grown easily:

Potatoes Lettuce
Peas Spring Onions
Courgette Runner Beans

To ensure your plants grow as well as they can do, ensure you use good quality soil and compost to give them the best chance of producing crop.

How Should I Arrange My Vegetable Garden?

Planting your vegetables needn’t be in a strict order of one vegetable needing to be close to a similar vegetable, however the position of some vegetables can help them thrive and to stave off potential pests.

An example of this is by mixing up plants from different crop families. This helps to keep away pests that may be more inclined to attack your crop should they all be from the same crop family.

Other positioning tips include:

  • Natural Shade & Support: Some taller plants can grow to shade other vegetables that prefer more shade than others
  • Heat/Sunshine: Some vegetables, such as Tomatoes, want to be in the warmest and sunniest part of your plot, so bear this in mind when designing your vegetable garden.
  • Overcrowding: Don’t over plant your crops, as this will cause your plants to struggle to find the nutrients in the soil they require to flourish
  • Accessibility: Remember that you will need to harvest your vegetables, so ensure you can access your plants as they grow.

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