Growing your own food is incredible not only for food security but also for learning and teaching our children where our food comes from and how it’s grown. Plus, eating food that you grow yourself just tastes better! Vancouver Island is an excellent place to grow veggies successfully year-round! So, over the next few blog posts, we’re going to talk about gardening and how to grow your own food. In today’s blog post, we’re going to tell you how to start your own veggie garden!
Select Your Spot
If you have a yard, choose a small area (about 10×10 feet) to start. Find a spot that gets plenty of sunshine (at least 6-8 hours a day) and has easy access to a water source (like a hose). If you only have a small balcony to work with, fear not — a small garden is well within your reach!
Find Your Fertilizer
In addition to quality soil, your vegetables need fertilizer to grow successfully. Ensure both the soil and fertilizer you choose are pesticide-free and totally safe for growing vegetables in. You can have your current soil tested, or you can simply buy a healthy soil blend. These will include everything you need to successfully grow your vegetables.
Choose What Veggies to Plant
When deciding what to plant in your vegetable garden, simply think about what you and your family like to eat! However, you’ll want to be realistic as well — don’t plant more than you can eat, freeze, or give away.
Most seed packets will include instructions about proper spacing and how deep in the soil they should be planted. Follow these directions carefully, as planting seeds correctly will help your garden grow faster and more efficiently.
Don’t Forget to Water Those Plants!
When your seeds are first planted, they need a lot of water to start growing. Once your plants begin growing, it’s best to give them one long soak every 2-3 days rather than every day. This allows the water to go deep inside the soil and nourish the plant right from the root.
Keep a close eye on your soil — especially during hot weather. Feel about 4 inches down into the ground to see how dry it is. If it feels dry, it’s time to water; if it still feels quite moist, you can probably leave it another day. Overwatering can damage plants.
And don’t think that a week of rain will be enough to keep your garden watered! Rainwater is often unevenly distributed and can collect on top of plants and slide off uselessly. While your plants will get plenty wet, the soil may not be sufficiently saturated.
It may take some time, but by following these instructions, your garden will flourish. Soon, your family will be eating your delicious home-grown vegetables! Looking to supplement your veggie garden? Consider bringing herbs into the mix! And if you’re totally starting from scratch, we’ve got some tips to get you started.
If you have any further questions about how to start your veggie garden, or need to pick up some seeds or supplies, contact your gardening experts at Capital Iron. We’re proud to carry everything you need to make your gardening successful. Please call us to find out our updated store hours, ask your questions, or arrange how to get your supplies.