Plant-based diets are making the buzz in the market these days and this means that now is the time to create your own vegetable garden. Of course we have to keep in mind that we have to practice how to create a “green” garden. Having a green garden not only benefits the environment, it can also make your vegetable crops fresh and organic as well.
There are various ways to start your garden from scratch, but in this article, we’re going to focus on how to turn your flower bed into a lush vegetable garden. Note: These tips down below are also applicable on homes even without a flower bed.
- Ensure that the spot you’re using is suitable for growing vegetables. Pick a spot where sunlight can directly hit your crops so it will grow faster. While plants and flowers can thrive with just minimal sunlight, a vegetable garden needs to have exposure to direct sunlight 5-6 hours a day in order to live.
- Another thing to keep in mind in creating a garden is its drainage system. If your garden bed is constantly wet for the whole time, there’s a possibility that your crops will rot. Plan your drainage system carefully to keep your soil and plants healthy.
Prepare the Garden Bed
- Now that you’re done with the above steps, prepare your bed by digging to loosen the soil. A spade or fork will do the trick as these tools can dig up to 6-12 inches underground. Keep raking until the soil is in level. Well aerated soil allows water and oxygen to reach the root of your crops quickly, making it grow faster and healthier.
Pick What You Want to Plant
- Now that everything is ready, it’s time to pick what veggies to plant on your newly made garden bed. Of course you have to pick one that you’re going to eat, what’s the point of planting something if you’re not going to eat it anyway, right? Keep in mind that you must start with easy-to-plant vegetables first and work your way up as soon as you master how to plant. Some easy vegetables include: tomatoes, onions, lettuce, ground cherries, cucumbers, and green beans.
Add Plants or Seeds
- If you’re new to gardening, then it’s highly recommended that you start with small, budded plants first that are already nurtured. Starting with seeds requires intermediate gardening skills or more. Tending seeds need great care, right timing, and a very fertile soil. An organic fertilizer will help these seeds to nourish.
- Just like flowers in your flower garden, vegetables need to be taken care of by watering them twice a day and weeding them when it’s needed. Try watering during sunrise or sunset to get the best results.
- If you’re living in an area where rabbits, deer, squirrels and other pests are residing, then you might want to create a fence for your garden to protect your crops. You can create your own fence or just head down to your local improvement store to buy pre-built fences.