If you are ready to try your hand at a vegetable garden this season you probably don’t have a clue where to start. Don’t worry, we all felt that way the first time, there are dozens of vegetable and varieties each a little different in what is needed to help them grow. What vegetables should you plant is a common questions most new gardeners ask, so let’s see if we can help you come up with an answer.
What do you like?
Two things you should ask yourself before you start buying seeds are; what vegetables do you like and how much work can you put into your garden. Growing lots of vegetables gives you a great big harvest but it’s also a lot more work. Do you have the time to weed, prune, fertilize and get rid of the pests that will inevitably invade your garden? If you don’t that’s fine, you may just want to plant a smaller garden, you don’t want to watch your tomatoes rotting on the vine.
You also want to consider what vegetables you want to spend the fall and winter eating. Why grow a ton of cabbage if you hate cabbage? Plant the vegetables that you like an that will grow in the environment that you live in.
Planting your vegetables
There are three different groups of vegetables that you can plant. Leafy vegetables that you can plant are things like spinach, kale, swiss chard and all the different types of lettuces. The fruiting vegetable group will consist of things like peas, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. Lastly, you have the root vegetables like onions, potatoes and turnips.
Each group needs different nutrients and amounts of sunlight, for instance fruiting vegetables need to right out in the full sunlight while the leafy and root vegetables will manage some shade just fine. All of these vegetables will need well drained soil. Take a look at your backyard and determine where you can plant what according to how much sunlight there is.
Be careful with containers
If space is an issue and you decide to plant in containers make sure that your containers can handle full grown plants. The containers will need to have very good drainage and don’t use black containers, black containers absorb sunlight making the soil too warm and damaging your plants. You can get containers in a whole bunch of shapes and sizes adding some flair to the garden. Once you’re containers are filled with soil they are going to be heavy so place them where you want them before you fill them.