Vegetable gardening is a growing trend among many homeowners instead of creating a purely ornamental landscape. Not only does a vegetable garden look just as beautiful as any other garden but there is also the benefit of being able to eat what you grow.
Vegetable Gardening Will Require Space
Of course vegetable gardening needs space and in many urban environments that space can be hard to come by. But a lack of space doesn’t necessarily mean you will have to forgo your desire to have a producing vegetable garden on your property.
The answer is to create your garden in containers! Even if you only have a balcony to work with, there are many varieties of vegetables that can be successfully grown in containers. Tomatoes, Potatoes, Cucumbers, Green beans, Turnips, and Lettuce are all good choices. Plus, if you have enough container space, herbs like Parsley and Basil will also thrive in containers.
Selecting the Right Containers
If there is any trick at all to a container based vegetable gardening it is in selecting the right container for each of the vegetables you choose to grow. Some varieties will need deeper containers than others so you will need to do some homework before diving in. This site has some good information about container gardening.
How Much Sun Will Your Garden Receive
It is also necessary to first determine how much sun per day your space is going to get. For example, if you live in a condo or apartment with only a small balcony without much direct sun, your choices of vegetables will be much different than someone who has a little bit of space in a yard that gets six to eight hours of sun daily.
Select Quality Plants
A word about plant selection: Genetics do matter. When you are growing from seeds, don’t be looking for online deals. Healthier plants will come from better seeds so be prepared to spend a little bit more to get quality seeds. Far too often, the bargain seeds don’t perform nearly as well.
Lastly, understand the scope of your vegetable gardening project before you start. The real work starts after you have finished planting. Now the new plants will need to be watered and cared for, all of which takes time. Be sure your schedule has enough flexibility to allow the time your new vegetable garden will need.