Let’s Talk Greens

April 19, 2022


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Are you tired of forking over your hard-earned money to the grocery store every time you want to cook a fresh, home-cooked meal? Well, we have the solution for you! Start your own vegetable garden! It’s easier than you think, and it will save you money in the long run. Plus, there’s nothing quite like eating food that you grew yourself.

If you're like most people, you probably think that starting a vegetable garden is a lot of work. Well, it doesn't have to be. With a little planning and effort, you can easily create your own veggie patch right in your backyard.

So, if you’re a gardening novice or an experienced green thumb, keep reading for tips on how to start your very own vegetable garden.

What Vegetables To Grow?

There are a wide variety of vegetables that you can grow in your own garden, which is why it's important to consider which ones you'd like to have on hand. Do you enjoy cooking with fresh herbs? Would you like to be able to make your own salsa or tomato sauce? Maybe you just want a few fresh veggies to snack on throughout the week? Whatever your reasons, take some time to research which vegetables will grow best in your climate and soil type. 

Nevertheless, listed below are the easiest vegetables to grow:

Lettuce - All varieties of lettuce grow quickly and easily, making it a great choice for beginner gardeners.

Spinach - Another fast-growing green, spinach can be harvested just a few weeks after planting.

Carrots - These tasty roots are relatively easy to grow, although they do require a bit more patience than some other vegetables. Expect to see carrots ready to harvest in about two months.

Beans - Both pole and bush beans are simple to grow, and they produce an abundance of delicious pods. Look for beans that are labeled "determinate" if you're worried about them taking over your garden space.

Radishes - Radishes are one of the quickest growing vegetables, often ready to harvest in just a few weeks. They're perfect for adding a little spice to salads or as a tasty garnish.

Tomatoes - Tomatoes are a summertime staple in many households, and they're actually not too difficult to grow. Just be sure to start them indoors about six weeks before the last frost date in your area.

Cucumbers - Cucumbers are another easy-to-grow vegetable that is perfect for hot summer days. These refreshing fruits can be eaten raw, pickled, or added to salads.

Peppers - Both sweet and hot peppers require a bit more attention than some other vegetables. Start peppers indoors about eight weeks before the last frost date.

Peppers require more TLC than other vegetables. Give them the attention they deserve!

Squash - Summer and winter squash are both fairly easy to cultivate, although they can take up a lot of space in the garden. These versatile vegetables can be eaten fresh, canned, or frozen for later use.

What Gardening Supplies Do You Need to Grow a Vegetable Garden? 

Before you can start reaping the benefits of your very own veggie patch, there are a few things you'll need to do (and buy). Here's a list of must-have gardening supplies for growing a successful vegetable garden:

Good soil - The foundation of any garden is good quality soil. If you are not sure about the quality of your soil, get it tested by your local Cooperative Extension office.

Fertilizer - Fertilizer will give your plants the nutrients they need to grow. Much better if you can use organic fertilizer.

Compost - Compost is a great way to add nutrients and improve the quality of your soil.

Mulch - Mulch helps keep the weeds down and conserves moisture in the soil.

Tools - You will need some basic gardening tools, such as a shovel, rake, hoe, and watering can.

With the proper tools, gardening and planting can be much more enjoyable.

Seeds or seedlings - You can start your garden from seeds or buy seedlings from a nursery.

How To Make a Compost For Your Vegetable Garden

Composting is the perfect material to fertilize your vegetable garden without using any harsh chemicals. It is also a great way to reduce your household waste. You can easily make your own compost at home with just a few simple ingredients.

  • Here is what you will need:
  • A large plastic bin with a lid
  • Shredded newspaper or cardboard
  • A drill with a 1/2 inch bit
  • Organic kitchen scraps (vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc.)
  • Garden waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.)
  • Water


1. Drill several holes in the bottom of the bin for drainage.

2. Fill the bin with alternating layers of organic material and shredded paper or cardboard.

3. Add water to the bin until the material is moist, but not soggy.

4. Stir the material occasionally to aerate it and help speed up the composting process.

5. Once the bin is full, put the lid on and let it sit for several weeks to allow the composting process to complete.

6. Once the compost is finished, it can be added to your vegetable garden as fertilizer. Be sure to mix it into the soil well before planting any seeds or plants.

Put your biodegradable wastes to good use!

Tips for Starting Your Vegetable Garden

1. Choose a location. Pick a spot in your yard that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Consider the soil, water, and space you have available when choosing a location for your garden.

2. Prepare the soil. The first step in preparing the soil is to test its pH level. This will tell you how acidic or alkaline your soil is. You can buy a pH testing kit at any gardening store.

The ideal pH level for most vegetables is between 6.0 and 7.0. If your soil is too acidic, you can add lime to raise the pH level; If it is too alkaline, you can put  a little sulfur to lower the pH level.

3. Prepare your garden plot. Once you have your supplies, it's time to prepare your garden plot. Clear any debris from the area and loosen the soil with a shovel or tiller. If you're using raised beds, fill them with fresh soil. Then, mark out rows for planting using a stick or string.

4. Choose your plants. When selecting plants for your garden, it's important to choose ones that will do well in your climate and soil type. Ask your local nursery or gardening store for advice on which plants will work best in your area.

5. Plant your seeds or seedlings. Once you've chosen your plants, it's time to start planting! If you're starting with seeds, plant them according to the instructions on the packet.

Planting seedlings is a bit different. After buying and bringing them home, don’t plant them immediately. Let them acclimatize for a day or two so that they will not be stressed. 

Once the seedlings have acclimatized, dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Gently remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole. Fill in around the plant with soil and water it well.

6. Water and fertilize regularly. Once your plants are in the ground, water them regularly. Most vegetables need about 1-2 inches of water per week.

Fertilize your plants every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer to give them the nutrients they need to grow.

Make sure to water your plants regularly.

7. Harvest when ripe. Once your vegetables are ready to be harvested, cut them from the plant with a sharp knife or pruning shears. Be sure to leave enough of the stem so that the plant can continue to produce.


Congratulations, you've now learned how to start your own vegetable garden! These tips should help you get off to a great start, but be sure to do some additional research specific to the type of vegetables you want to grow. With a little planning and TLC, you'll be harvesting your own homegrown veggies in no time!

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