If you want to join the third of American households that grow their own food, you’re making an amazing decision.
Still, it can be hard to know where to start when cultivating your vegetable garden. Here, we’re going to talk about how to grow vegetables, so read on if you want to have fresh and delicious meals all summer long!
Decide What to Grow
The first thing to think about when growing vegetables is, of course, what you want to grow.
You’re going to want to think about veggies that are a large part of your diet. If you love to eat tomatoes or chow down on bell peppers, that’s what you’ll want to plant.
You also may be interested in thinking about new recipes that you’ve always wanted to try but have never gotten around to. Planting and growing new foods at home is a great way to expand your daily menu.
Do Your Research
Now that you know what plants you’ll be growing in your vegetable garden, you’ll want to look into the conditions under which each of these plants can flourish. Some considerations include:
- How much light your plant will need
- How much water your plant can tolerate (when deciding whether rainy areas are okay)
- How much space your plant will need to grow fully
- How often to fertilize your plant
Knowing these things ensures that you won’t accidentally inhibit your plant from growing.
After you know these aspects to growing each one of your vegetables, you can begin to think about the layout of your garden. Create a space in an area that corresponds to your research findings.
Plant and Maintain
Once you know how to plant the vegetables that you’ve chosen, it’s time to put your research to practical use. Plant your vegetable garden with appropriate light levels and amount of space for each plant in mind. This will ensure that they have the proper environment to thrive in.
Also, it’s a myth that epsom salts are good for gardens. There are no scientifically-backed benefits and a lot of proven harms. Rather than using epsom salt for plants, you’re going to want to use an organic fertilizer that will keep vegetables growing healthily.
Since you’re going to be eating them later, you don’t want to take the risks that epsom salts provide, both to the environment and to the plants that you’ll be putting in your own body. Organic fertilizer is the way to go because you know that there will be no other harmful ingredients like pesticides.
Make It a Meal
There are lots of amazing vegetable dishes you can make. From zucchini boats to fried onions, you have a lot of options for the evenings that you want to play around in the kitchen.
However, home-grown salad is one of the best things you can make, and it doesn’t take long, either. Try out a delicious Greek salad recipe if you want something fresh and interesting. You can also make classics like chicken Caesar salad and cucumber salad.
More on How to Grow Vegetables
Now that you know how to grow vegetables at home and make a meal from them, it’s time to get some awesome ideas for food that you can eat… well, not at home. Check out the ‘Europe’ tab on our webpage to learn some of the places that you can travel to and eat authentic veggie-based dishes!