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Very Valuable Vegetables

With summer right around the corner a great project to take up is building your own vegetable garden! There are many great benefits to having a vegetable garden such as saving money on groceries, getting outdoor exercise and getting to eat local and fresh vegetables. Creating your own vegetable garden can also be very simple and a fun project, here are a few tips if you’ve never done it before.


First is to make sure you pick a good spot for it. This means somewhere sunny that has room to drain and won't stay too damp. This will make sure that your vegetables receive enough nutrients and don’t get too much water. You also want to make sure that the area isn’t too windy and is sheltered, some plants such as tomatoes will grow quite tall and you don’t want them to be damaged by the wind. It is also important to make sure that your garden has nutrient rich soil.


Second, similarly to making a self watering garden, if this is your first time planting a vegetable garden it is better to start small. This way it will be easier to manage, plus you can always expand it after.


The third step is to choose your vegetables. Some great ones to start with are lettuce, radishes, carrots, peas, green beans, and tomatoes. Some vegetables are better to plant as seeds such as lettuce, radishes, and carrots whereas some are better to plant after they’ve started growing, such as green beans and tomatoes. When you are choosing what to plant, make sure you do some research on what is better to plant as seeds as well as when you should plant it. In general seeds need to be planted earlier.


Once you start planting you are going to

want to keep each different vegetable separate so that they have room to grow. The easiest way to do this is to plant everything in rows. You will also want to make sure that you leave a marker to remember which vegetables are planted in each row.


Finally, you need to make sure that you are maintaining your vegetable garden as you would any other garden. This means watering it regularly as well as weeding it. You should also consider putting up netting or a fence around the garden as it will prevent animals from getting in and eating your vegetables. By summer you should have a nice variety of fresh vegetables from your garden to enjoy!


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