A Little Garden

Grow One Thing You Can Eat

If new to growing your own herbs or vegetables, it’s best to start small.

You don’t need a large space to begin.

You can grow vegetables in containers on a deck or balcony, or herbs in pots in your kitchen.

Start with just one thing and see how it goes..

Deciding What to Grow

Easy Growing Vegetables and Herbs

Silver Beet

Carrots

Basil

Parsley

Mint

Radishes

Lettuce

Beans

Cucumber

Picking the Perfect Spot

No matter how big your vegetable garden is, there are three basic requirements for success:

1. Full sun. Most vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of direct sun. If they don’t get enough light, they won’t bear as much and they’ll be more susceptible to attack from insects or diseases.

Here’s a hint: If you don’t have a spot in full sun to plant a garden with vegetables, you can still grow many leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach. And if you’re in a hot-summer climate, cool-season varieties such as peas may do better in part shade.

2. Plenty of water. Because most vegetables aren’t very drought tolerant, you’ll need to give them a drink during dry spells. When thinking about how to plan a vegetable garden, remember: The closer your garden is to a source of water, the easier it will be for you.

3. Good soil. As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).

Many gardeners like to have their vegetable gardens close to the house. This makes it easier to pick fresh produce while you’re cooking.

Extract from: Better Homes and Gardens

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