Vegetable Gardening 101

Vegetable gardening at home is an easy way to save money and create a lifelong fulfilling hobby. When starting out, choose to grow vegetables that will sprout quickly and produce crops within just a few weeks. Lettuce, basil and radishes, for instance will allow you to start a vegetable garden and have food on your table quickly. Once you gain some experience and want to add new varieties do your homework, so you know what to expect and what vegetables will work with what you already have growing in your garden.

Once you know what you want to plant, figure out the amount of space needed for your vegetable garden. Large spaces are not always needed. If you decide growing vegetables in containers is your best option, a deck or balcony provides plenty of space.

Most warm-season vegetables need at least six to eight hours of direct sun. If you do not have a spot in full sun, you can still grow leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach. Because most vegetables aren't drought-tolerant, you will need to give them a drink during dry spells.

When planning your vegetable garden bed, remember the closer your garden is to a source of water, the easier it will be for you. This is especially important when planting tomatoes, peppers, or any other warm-season vegetable. As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, such as compost or peat moss. Spring is the ideal time to start preparing your vegetable garden. Growing vegetables can be fun and it is a great way to spend time outdoors in the sun.

Happy Gardening!


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Guest post by Jodi - Bylands Account Representative


Outside of work I spend time with my family, playing golf in the beautiful Okanagan, practicing yoga and of course gardening.  I like to plant annual and perennial containers. I also plant a vegetable garden every year.