First, decide if it is something you can take care of later. Gardens require a lot of work. You will have to be able to give it at least an hour a day, seven days a week. Personally, I think seven hours is a small price to pay per week in order to have the satisfaction of knowing you are providing your own food. It is a skill many of us ‘City folk’ have forgotten or not learned. And it can be done in the city, just on a smaller scale. Anyone can make their own vegetable garden. Here’s how.
Start by choosing how large your garden will be and what will grow there. Ask yourself these questions:
- How many do I hope to feed on it and how long?
- Do I have a way to store what I harvest?
- What vegetables would I most like to grow?
- The next step is research. You have chosen your plants but you will need to know how to care for them, how much room they will take up, and how to freeze or store them upon harvest.
Got all that done? Great. Let’s make a vegetable garden.
For this article, I’ve chosen a 20 x 10 area and picked these plants:
Tomatoes, Onions, Green peppers, Carrots, Cabbage, Broccoli, and Potatoes.
This is the yield I hope to get:
Tomatoes- 50 per plant. I planting 4 seeds.
Onion- 1 per bulb. I’m planting 40 bulbs.
Green Pepper- 75 per plant. I’m planting three seeds.
Carrots. 5 per plant. I’m planting 20 seeds.
Cabbage-1-3 per plant. I’m planting 7 seeds.
Broccoli- 1-3 per plant. I’m planting 7
Potatoes-10-20 per plant. I’m planting 5
This will feed a family of five for an entire winter and I will be careful to collect the seeds for next year’s vegetable garden.
During your research, you should have found out which of your chosen plants need direct sun or do not do well in it, as the taller plants must be put in places not to block sunlight from the others. Also, leave a shallow rut between planted rows for walking during weeding, watering, and harvesting.
It is a good idea to place certain things around the perimeter of your garden, now that it is planted and growing. Seven dust keeps pests back with a minimum of chemicals and products like miracle grow are a must for places where the soil, water, or light conditions are not adequate. I also recommend planting an edging of spice that most rodents and pests do not like, such as catnip or basil. The cats coming into your gardens will Not eat your growing veggies and yet their presence will discourage other animals.
Warning: Do not go overboard. You do not want every cat in the neighborhood rolling in your garden. Plant nip with feet of space between the vegetables and the next nip plant and get your video camera out. Send it into youtube and watch the hits come in!