Over the last few months a lot of people have written in asking how to start a vegetable garden, and what I personally do when beginning to plan, organize, and plant my garden.
Considering all the variables that can go into growing vegetables, these were questions that needed more space to expand upon than there was room for in the Question & Answer Section.
So in order to better answer how I start a vegetable garden, I decided to share with you exactly how my family and I plan, organize, and plant our garden, and you can follow along, step-by-step in this article.
Now I am going to assume you have already chosen your vegetable seeds. If you’re not sure about buying seeds, see article – Tips to Get the Most Out of Mail Order Seed and Plant Catalogs – about how to choose and buy seeds from a catalog. The information in that article also applies to buying seed at your local garden center.
From seed, I typically like to plant: corn, beets, radishes, parsnips, squash, potatoes, beans, peas, flowers, pumpkins, carrots, sunflowers, chard, and onion (sets).
As far as buying young plants, I like to buy tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, peppers, some lettuce, and herbs.
After talking it over, my family and I decided to keep our garden fairly simple this year by not planting as many different types of vegetables as we usually do, but still using good planting techniques to conserve water and weeding.
If, however, you want to plant more than we have in our garden this year, go for it; this article is just to get you started. Also, if you live in an area that is cooler than ours, and you actually need more warmth in the soil, don’t worry, I mention that alternative as we go along.
Vegetable gardens are fun, and with a little prep, very easy. Even if you have never planted a vegetable garden before, you can get started right away, and be very successful.
What is the first thing veteran parents ask new parents when they see a newborn? How are they sleeping? After the first 3-4 weeks of waking up every two hours, Darlington started sleeping like a little rock star, between 6-8 hours.
We became those annoyingly proud parents, telling anyone and everyone who would listen, and bam! A week before she turned four months old, she was up again every three hours—ravenous. For some reason, lack of sleep never happens at a convenient time. I kept trying to figure out what I was doing wrong or differently to throw her off schedule.
Then, Mom suggested something that hadn’t crossed my mind yet—It might be time for solids. What? No! According to everything I’d read, six months is the suggested time to introduce solids. But, with a little more digging, I found that Wholesome BabyFood advises, “Watch the baby—not the calendar,” despite whether a baby is breastfed or not (source).
So, to make sure that it wasn’t just the three-to-four-month-old growth spurt, I took this small test:
Not all vegetables take from spring to fall to mature. If you’re getting a late start on your home garden or live in a region with a short growing season, fear not. There are many healthy, delicious vegetables that are quick to harvest. Here are the 12 fastest growing vegetables to get your garden jumpstarted.
RADISHES: One of the fastest growing vegetables are radishes. Most varieties will be ready for harvest in just 25 to 30 days after planting.
GREEN ONIONS: While it can take 6 months for onion bulbs to mature, the green onion stalks can be harvested after just 3 or 4 weeks. You can also grow onion microgreens and have baby onion greens in two to three weeks.
LETTUCE: Leaf lettuce such as Romaine can begin to be harvested about 30 days after planting. Cut the leaves once they reach at least 3 inches.
BABY CARROTS: Baby carrots can be harvested after about 30 days. Other carrot varieties may take between 50 and 80 days to mature.
SPINACH: Spinach is ready in as little as 4 to 6 weeks after planting.
KALE & OTHER LEAFY GREENS: Kale, mustard greens and watercress are just a few delicious, super healthy greens that are fast growers. Most take about 50 to 65 days to mature, but baby leaves can be picked as early as 25 days.