Vegetable Gardening – A Healthy Way to Eat Right

The following article is about healthy eating

I was out in my vegetable garden yesterday, pulling okra pods from my plants, and decided to write this article on how easy it is to start your own vegetable garden. It's a little late in the season now to start one outdoors, but you can plan one out for next year, or even grow your own plants indoors during the colder months, provided you have a warm, well-lit room to grow them in.

There are many different types of vegetables to grow. The best part is, growing your own vegetables is the healthiest way to get vitamins and minerals into your system. What more satisfying way to eat healthy than eating things you great yourself? Plus, you are saving money by making fewer trips to the grocery store to buy the vegetables you grow yourself!

First thing you want to do is: plan for how big or small you would like your garden to be. My garden is approximately 5 feet wide by 7 feet long. Not huge by any means, but big enough for me to plant about 5 or 6 rows of seeds, depending on how big the plants will be when they grow. You need to read the back of the seed packs carefully-some plants grow long vines, and will require poles to grow on, and some grow large stems and leaves, and will choke out other plants that are growing near them. So you need figure out what you want to grow, how much space you will need, and space them out accordingly.

Next, which I think is the hardest part, is turning the soil so it is ready for gardening. I started out with a lawn, and had to turn up and remove 35 square feet of grass before I can plant anything! It was long, hard work, but in the end it was really worth it. Once you get that part out of the way, the rest is pretty easy.

Some folks like to fertilize their soil before they plant. I have heard of people laying down manure, dead fish, anything that will give the soil added nutrition to help the plants grow. I do not use any of that. I like to compost, but more on that later. What I do is plant the seeds, and water them regularly, and once a week I use a plant food, like Miracle-Gro, to help them grow. And year after year, it works. It helps I live in a part of the country that has naturally good growing soil, too: people have been farming here in the Midwest for many, many years, and have been quite successful at it!

Finally, once your plants have taken root and really start to grow, you have to keep an eye on them. Putting some kind of fence around them, like chicken wire, will keep out unwanted animals from enjoying your vegetables before you can get a chance to. Also, I put a netting over the top of the garden as well, because the birds here seem to know when you have seeds in the ground, and will swoop right in when you're not looking to have a fear before your plants even have a chance to grow!

If you do not want to put netting over the garden, you can just grow them in pots in your house until they get started, then transfer them outside. I prefer to start them outside right away, it is less work that way.

When your plants are fully grown, and you have harvested all the delicious vegetables you can get from them, make sure when you pull them out you re-use what Mother Nature has given you by starting a compost bin. Compost is a great way to re-cycle the stems and roots of your vegetables for next year's planting. It is the one thing I like to use on my soil, and it is the most natural way to give back what you have received. Keep the compost bin on the sunniest side of your yard, and occasionally add a little water and turn the decomposing matter over, for even decomposition. Then when you plant the following year, you will have rich, fertile soil to get you started on a new crop of great-tasting vegetables you and your family can enjoy!

Written by Sharon Campbell
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