It is relatively easy to plant and grow a garden if you have enough space to do it. Even a small plot can produce healthy and tasty vegetables to enjoy during the warm months of summer. Produce that cannot be used at once can be frozen or canned, and stored for winter use.
If you have never planted a garden, there are a few simple things you need to know. The most important part of raising a good garden is having the right kind of soil. Your garden space may have rocky or sandy soil, and you will have to do some work to prepare it for planting. First you should till it as deep as possible and pick out as many rocks as possible. It is well worth the cost to buy several bags of garden soil, and you may want to get the kind that has slow release fertilizer in it. Work the garden soil and a bag or two of peat moss into your existing garden space. Once the soil is a good consistency, rake it smooth and you are ready to plant your seeds.
There are many different types of vegetables you can grow, so decide on the ones you most prefer and go to buy your seeds. Each type of vegetable will have a few varieties to pick from so read the information on the seed packs carefully to make your decision. Take note of the number of days to maturity for each plant to determine if your growing season is long enough for the plants to produce mature vegetables. Now that you know what you want to plant, make a plan for your garden space as to where each type of plant should grow. Follow the directions on the seed packets carefully, and once your garden is planted, make sure to water and weed it regularly.
Now you only need to wait patiently for the seeds to germinate and the baby plants to emerge. You may need to protect your garden from scavenging critters that will happily munch the tender plants. A mesh fence that is firmly attached to the ground will usually keep the marauders out. If the thieves are birds, a net can be positioned over your garden to protect it.
It is very enjoyable and quite easy to grow some fresh vegetable for you and your family to enjoy, and also provides a great sense of accomplishment.