Tips For Your First Vegetable Garden
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With a few simple tips and tricks your first attempt at vegetable gardening should be a resounding success and a start to many years of daily fresh vegetables.

The first thing to consider is where you will locate your new garden. It's important to locate it in full sun or at least the sunniest part of your yard. Most vegetable plants need at least 6 hours of full sun to be healthy and have a good yield during the growing season. Plants such as tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers, root crops and melons require full sun while cabbage, spinach, radishes and lettuce can be quite productive with less than full sun.

Planting your garden too close to trees and shrubs will be detrimental to your crop as the trees and shrubs will compete for some of your garden's moisture and nutrients. If you must plant near trees and shrubs, consider adding extra water and nutrients to compensate.Garden Vegetables

Once you've decided on the location of the garden it's time to get started by removing the grass at that location and throwing it in the compost for later use. Turn the soil using a shovel while at the same time adding compost, topsoil or sand depending on your area. Soil conditions vary so greatly that you may want to talk to a local gardener to get tips on what they add to their soil to enhance productive gardening.

Once you've turned the soil you'll want to pulverize it until it is broken down into a fine smooth soil surface. You'll want to do this the same day, as the turned soil clumps can become dry and hard to manage later on. Rake and smooth out the soil until all of the high spots are gone. Water and let your new garden's soil settle for a few days before adding your seeds, seedlings or small plants.

Finding a vegetable garden planner on line can be very helpful in deciding where you will plant each plant. You can find a very good vegetable garden planner here.

It's recommended that you germinate your seeds in separate containers (see below) and transplant them to the garden after they Germinate Seedshave had a chance to grow a bit. This helps you to control the moisture rate as well as being able to move them inside during freak hail storms or heavy rains that will play havoc on newly planted seeds. (A lesson learned after having a garden wiped out by a hail storm just after the seed had started to germinate - Lost weeks equals lost food)

Once your seedlings or plants are transplanted to your garden, the fun begins and the workload abates dramatically. From here on in you'll only need to water, support, prune and possibly fertilize your new garden. In no time you will be eating fresh vegetables and reaping the spoils of your labor. It's a great hobby and will surely bolster your grocery budget by reducing or eliminating the fresh vegetable component of your grocery bill.

There's no substitute for fresh vegetables that have only been minutes from garden to table. You'll be amazed at how different they taste from the store bought veggies you have become used to.

Good luck with your first garden and good eating!