Be it hobby, a pastime, or a source of livelihood, growing your own vegetable garden is a fun filled activity that anyone can start. You don’t need too much space for it nor do you need to spend hours poring over books and manuals. It is relatively simple, as you are about to find out.
First things first. The basic requirements that you should meet include adequate sunshine, as most plants need minimal 6 hours of sunlight for healthy growth. Secondly, your soil should drain easily. You could check this by drenching it with a hose, and then checking it the next day to see if it forms into crumbs. Even if it doesn’t, no problem.
Enrich your soil with compost and then try, try and try again until you succeed in creating the ideal soil for your garden.
Needless to say, your vegetable garden should be close to a handy supply of water, as plants may need about 1 inch of water every week. Moreover, if you do not have a large enough plot to fulfill your ambition, intensive rather than row farming might be a better option for you. Intensive farming gives your more output per acreage, and you can design it by dividing your garden into beds 16 sq. feet in size. Further divide each bed into areas of 1 sq. feet, meaning 16 squares in total per bed. Now each square can be planted with either one, four, nine or sixteen plants depending on the space they consume.
Of course, deciding which plants to tend to and how many of them to invest in depends upon your ambient weather conditions and topographical features. However, some plants yield more than one crop in a good season, eliminating the need to plant so many of them.
Also, when planning for your family needs, the following rough guideline for commonly consumed vegetables may be helpful in enlightening you about how much of what to plant.
||No.of plants to feed ONE person
Now comes the crucial point of costing. This depends on your idea for your garden; the expenditure includes buying seeds or plants (depending on where you want to start from), fertilizers and insecticides, protective fences and assorted items like gloves, spade, and tillers etc. Although these requirements vary widely according to your situation, lie the quality of soil, type of plant, use of raised beds etc., however, an average household in the US invests approximately $70 for their garden. Don’t let this figure scare you. As I mentioned before, you could start out with a smaller project.
Remember, even a small garden could have a big impact on savings. And when its time to reap what you have sown, you will have that rewarding experience of accomplishment that all your effort and time was completely worth it, and you’d start planning for the next season just like that.