Vegetable gardens can be fun and enjoyable to plant and grow at home, and preparing and planning your garden is a great way to kick off your venture. Even people who live in apartment buildings can rent plots of land for their own personal garden, or have a small potted garden on a balcony or in the apartment. If you are thinking about growing your own vegetable garden you need to know how to prepare and plan your garden. The most important steps for planning your vegetable garden are where you want your garden, what vegetables you want to grow, when to plant your vegetables, and how to help your garden grow strong and healthy to yield a lot of produce.
To prepare your vegetable garden, start with where you want it located. If you live in a house with lots of acreage, then you can choose any location that is convenient with lots of space and good soil. If you live in an apartment, you can grow your garden in pots with growing lights for artificial sun if it is inside, and in pots or boxes if you have a porch, deck, or balcony you can garden on. No matter how much space you have for your garden, the location you choose should have full sun and easy access to a sprinkler system or water supply.
The next choice you need to make is what to grow. Depending on your choice of vegetables to grow, you will need to plant seeds at different times of the year. You may choose to purchase vegetable plants that are already sprouted, which you can buy at a landscaping nursery, a home improvement store, or a local farmer or grower. To sow your own seeds you will need to choose what to grow, and plant the seeds accordingly. For instance, many people grow tomatoes which need to be planted 1/2 inch deep and about 12 inches apart. Plant in March indoors and May outdoors if you want your tomato plants to be mature in the middle of summer through fall. However, different climate zones sow seeds in different months. When you purchase your seeds look at the back of the package for sowing instructions. Usually you will find instructions on when to plant your seeds, how much sun the plat needs, how deep to plant the seed, and when to harvest all based on the geographic location of your garden.
Now all you have to do is the weeding, watering and upkeep to grow a successful garden. Prepare for your garden by having the tools you need. Make sure you have a sprinkler for a large garden or watering can for a small garden. You should have gloves to wear for weeding the garden, as some weeds are prickly and can hurt your hands. You may also want to fence in your garden to protect your crops from deer, rabbits and other friendly creatures looking for a free dinner. Following all of these tips will prepare a vegetable garden that is sure to yield a nice crop and delicious produce for you and your family.