Creating a vegetable garden can provide you with healthy produce that's cheaper - and often tastier - than what you can get at the grocery store. It can also be a great way to add visual interest to your landscape. Follow these tips to create a vegetable garden that will please your palate, your eyes and your wallet.
The first step to creating a vegetable garden is to decide what to plant. Make sure you take into account what - and how much - you and your family will want to eat. If you have young children, let them help create the vegetable garden. Have them choose vegetables they'll be excited to eat and watch grow.
When you're creating a vegetable garden, it's also important to keep in mind that some varieties - such as tomatoes, squash and peppers - will product food all season, while others - such as corn, radishes and carrots - will only produce one yield per season. To avoid waste, consider how much food each vegetable will provide before you plant it.
After you've decided what vegetables to plant, determine what size garden you'll need to provide them with enough room to grow. Find out how much space each vegetable you've chosen requires for optimum growth. As you create your vegetable garden layout, also make sure you plan enough space for cultivation.
Then, decide which area of your yard offers the best growing environment. Most vegetables require at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Creating a vegetable garden in a spot that doesn't provide adequate light can make your plants less fruitful and more vulnerable to insects and disease.
To create a vegetable garden that provides a rich growing environment, cultivate the soil with an MTD garden tiller, and work in organic matter. Using well-maintained tiller parts, including sharp tines, will help your turn the soil more easily. Smooth the surface of your planting area with a rake, and then water it. After you've finished perparing the bed, avoid walking on it, as this will compact the soil. Wait a few days before planting to allow the soil time to rest. Taking the time to carefully plan and prepare before you plant will help you create a vegetable garden that offers both beauty and purpose.