Planting a vegetable garden


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To start your vegetable garden, you’ll first need to find the best spot in your garden to capture the most sunlight. You’ll want to select a south or south east facing spot. Your vegetable garden should be positioned in front of any structures like fences, walls, hedges and shrubs, which will also help provide protection from the harsher weather while allowing light from the south east.

Select a spot near at hand and with easy access. You only need a moderate section of land with a location that’s easily accessible and handy to nip out to. You won’t want soaking feet from multiple trips searching for seeds you can’t find across wet grass or muddy soil.

If you intend to create your vegetable patch for the first time you’ll probably need to prepare your patch. Dig down as far as your spade length and turn over the soil removing stones, weeds and roots. The ideal garden soil is a rich sandy loam, which is a combination of clay, silt, and sand, which are good for retaining sufficient water and nutrients.

When done, source out some quality organic compost or manure and start mixing this into your patch. You’ll want a soil that holds moisture but allows drainage. You don’t want it to be to sandy or to be to clay like.

For outdoor uncovered beds you can start planting seeds in the spring for beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, leek, onion, parsnip, peas, raddish, swede and turnip.

For a guide on when to plant you can download this handy vegetable planner from the Royal Horticultural Society RHS Veg Planner.

To make things easy try selecting vegetable seeds that you can plant at the same time and choose pest resistant varieties whenever possible. Once you’ve decided what you’d like to grow you’ll need to source some vegetable seed suppliers.

Read up on specific advice concerning each vegetable and the recommended soil depth for sowing. Once the seeds are sown you’ll need to keep an eye on your patch. You’ll need to weed regularly and water during the dry spells and keep on top of those pesky Aphids, Beetles and Cabbage worms.

Growing your own patch can be a very rewarding. You can put an unused space to practical use that will yield you fresh organic vegetables.

Don’t be put of by the pests. With a little care and attention you’ll be sure to get some good results which will be even better next year with your improved know how.

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