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Tip Tuesday: How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

How to grow a vegetable garden!

I’ve always loved the idea of having a vegetable garden.  Fresh tomatoes, plump zucchinis and lettuce I can just wander into my backyard and grab as desired is the dream, right?  But having a garden isn’t as easy as it sounds.  There are more steps to it than I imagined!  So to avoid making the same mistakes I did, here’s an easy step by step guide on how to grow a vegetable garden for your family!

1.)  Decide what you want to grow.  This way you can plan out how many rows you will need and how large your garden needs to be.  By planning out your garden first, you can avoid overcrowding and having vegetable compete for space and choke each other out.

Turning over our garden back in January

2.)  Pick where to plant.  This will depend on how much sunlight your garden will need.  I put my garden in the sunniest spot in the yard to help it thrive.

3.)  Turn over your garden.  Once you’ve decided to where to plant, go out and dig up and turn over your garden.  This is best if done in the fall or winter.  Remove clumps of grass, dirt clods and rocks.  And let your littles get involved by helping you pull out weeds and dirt!

Preparing to plant

4.)  Compost, compost, compost!  This enriches your soil and you can do it for FREE.  Also, it’s earth-friendly and provides a great way for you to reuse the scraps that really don’t belong in the trash can.  Read more tips from the Urban Farmer on How to Compost here!

5.)  Pick out your top soil.  When it comes time to plant, pick out your top soil based upon what your gardening needs are.  Mix it with compost prior to laying it out so you have healthy soil for your seedlings.

6.)  Plant your seeds.  Yay, the fun part!  Plant your seeds according to direction.  Have your littles help based on their maturity level.  My son is two so he got to help water the garden after everything was planted.

Yummy green beans!

7.)  Give your garden some sweet lovin’.  Water it.  Pull weeds as needed.  Make sure you give your garden the opportunity to thrive.

8.)  ENJOY!  Watch as your plants come in and enjoy the fruit (or vegetable!) of your labor.  And share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging @hrvamoms!

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