Growing a Low Maintenance Vegetable Garden, Step-by-Step

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A low maintenance vegetable garden is many gardener’s dream.

Not only does it make kitchen gardening easier, but you’ll get better vegetables, and perhaps some cost savings..

An added benefit to growing your own home-based fresh vegetables is the opportunity to get close to nature as a hobby, too.

Read more about this truly rewarding experience, below.

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Low Maintenance Vegetable Garden

CONTENTS – In this article, you’ll find some useful tips for growing a low maintenance vegetable garden, including;

Want to Grow Your Own Vegetables? Here’s What You Need to Know

There are so many great reasons why you might want to grow your own vegetables at home.

For a start, it can be more cost-effective than buying organic vegetables in volume.

And it’s also a great way to reduce your impact on the planet.

When you’re growing your own vegetables, you cut out the supply chains and the plastic.

This reduces your contribution to the damage the planet over buying grocery store vegetables.

But simply wanting to start your own vegetable patch in the garden is very different from actually knowing how to do it successfully.

That’s why we’re going to talk today.

You’ll learn about some of the most important things you need to know.

Then you can take into account whether you’re serious about growing your own vegetables.

It might seem easy on the surface, but that’s actually a lot that goes into it.

And growing a low maintenance vegetable garden is key.

So read on to learn about all of the most important things you need to understand before you begin growing your own vegetables.

Each of the 12 tips below will serve you well.

1. Find a Sunny Spot for Your Garden Site

First of all, you’re going to need to choose a spot for your vegetable patch.

Ideally, this will need to be a sunny spot.

You want to choose a site that’s going to have no problem getting all the sunlight it needs throughout the day and various seasons.

You definitely don’t want to choose a spot that’s constantly covered by shade.

Growing a low maintenance vegetable garden means making sure it gets plenty of sunlight to grow to full maturity and become ripe for eating.

2. High-Quality Soil is Important

One thing that new vegetable growers often overlook is the quality of the garden soil.

Good soil is more important than you might think.

That means you shouldn’t just choose any old soil when you’re growing vegetables.

The soil needs to be of a high quality, rich with nutrients.

It needs to offer the things that’ll aid the healthy growth of your vegetables.

So your garden soil should contain lots of compost, organic material, and nutrients.

Most importantly, ensure the soil is high-quality and tailored to your needs.

For that reason, it makes sense to test and amend the soil so your plants have an excellent growing medium.

3. Ensure the Location is Stable and There’s No Risk of Flooding

You’ll want to make sure that the location you’ve chosen for your vegetable patch is a good spot in the garden that’s stable and won’t face any environmental risks.

As we’ve discussed, it ideally needs to get plenty of sunlight and have good soil.

But equally important is a stable location without threats from the environment.

One of the biggest issues relates to flooding and rainwater.

If your vegetable patch is located in an area that tends to get flooded or impacted by standing water when it rains, that’s not a good thing.

So make sure water drains well and runs away from your vegetable patch.

A windy site can be problematic, too.

Another environmental threat is the local wildlife.

Chipmunks, birds, and other creatures love delicious seeds and vegetables!

So take steps to make sure your garden will be safe from predators looking for a free meal at your expense.

4. It’s Best to Start Relatively Small

When you’re just getting started with your vegetable patch, you may be excited and have big dreams.

That’s not a bad thing!

But, it’s a good idea to keep things relatively small when you start out.

You don’t want to try to do too much while you’re still learning and getting used to what it takes to properly manage a healthy vegetable patch.

Remember, you’re aim is a low maintenance vegetable garden.

To put it simply, managing and maintaining a small vegetable patch is a lot easier.

There’s less that can go wrong than managing a bigger vegetable patch. And when it does, it’s easier to troubleshoot and adjust.

So, that’s something to keep in mind.

You can always expand later when you gain more experience.

5. Pay a Little More for Better-Quality Seeds

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Seeds and Soil

Another thing that needs to be high-quality are the types of seeds you use to grow your vegetables.

When you pay more attention to the quality of your seeds, you’ll get better-quality vegetables at the end of the process.

Understandable, it can be tempting to buy lots of seeds cheaply in bulk.

But, it’s much better to choose quality over quantity.

Who knows how long bargain seed packs have been on the shelf? This will reduce their germination rate.

When you buy seeds that offer a better quality, you’ll find there are fewer things likely to go wrong.

Better seeds increase your chances of better success – so don’t hesitate to make the investment.

6. Some Greens Are More Resilient Than Others

It’s important to have an understanding of which vegetables and greens will have the best chance of surviving in your climate.

When you’re new to growing your own vegetables, you want to make sure that you’re starting with disease resilient varieties.

They will be less likely to die if things don’t go entirely according to plan.

Kale is the perfect example of an option that’s incredibly hardy and resilient.

It’s not going to let you down, no matter what season or conditions are thrown at it.

This guide on red kale vs green kale will give you an idea of the different types of kale you can grow in your garden.

Take into consideration how long the growing season is for your location, too.

That may mean you need to start some vegetables indoors so they are ready to go outdoors when the weather warms up.

7. Spacing is Important

Spacing your vegetables properly in the garden is important, as well.

It’s certainly not something you’ll want to overlook in your garden.

It’s also something that lots of beginners tend to get wrong, especially with tiny seeds.

When you don’t take the time to properly space out your vegetables and avoid overcrowding, things get messy fast.

If your seeds are planted too closely together, you can stunt the growth of some or all or your vegetables.

And, you’ll have to have a heavy hand in thinning them out.

Yes, the seeds might seem small but remember that they grow into something far bigger and their roots need the space to grow.

8. Proper Watering is Vital

Watering is obviously one of the most fundamental parts of maintaining your low maintenance vegetable garden.

If you start slacking on watering or ignoring it when you’re busy with other things, the health and growth of your vegetables will certainly suffer as a result.

Likewise, if you overwater, your vegetables will grow shallow roots and become more dependent on your care. And, they’ll be more vulnerable to disease.

Neither of those situations is what you want for your vegetable patch.

The best time to water is in early morning so it soaks into the soil without being evaporated. Watering too late can also encourage disease.

But, if you’re plants are wilting, don’t wait!

The best approach is to make sure that you have a consistent, adequate watering schedule in place.

Then, you’re plants will be more likely to thrive and produce plenty of vegetables.

9. Not Everything Will Go Perfectly

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Fresh Vegetables

It’s important to realize that not everything is going to go perfectly for you all the time when you’re growing vegetables in your garden.

There are always going to be things that go wrong.

You’ll make some mistakes along the way, especially when you’re new to all of this.

And that’s ok!

This is a learning process.

That’s why it’s important to temper your expectations.

Be prepared to learn from your mistakes, and you won’t repeat them in the future.

Becoming a great gardener takes some time.

10. Invest in Good Supplies

You’ll want to consider investing in some good gardening supplies if you don’t have them already.

This will make your time in the garden a lot easier.

You can get more done and look after your vegetables better when you have the right tools at your disposal.

As well as that, making a financial commitment helps motivate you to be invested in your garden project, especially when things are feeling difficult or if you start to get bored.

Plus, quality gardening tools and supplies will have a return on their investment over many years.

11. Long-Term Crop Rotation is a Good Idea

When it comes to the future of your vegetable patch and your plans to grow the next round of vegetables, think about crop rotation.

This term simply means changing up the types of plants you grow in one spot over time.

If you keep growing the same family of vegetables in the same spots over and over again, it can eventually cause problems.

For one, it can deplete the soil of certain nutrients.

It can also make them more vulnerable to repeat disease or insect problems.

So, crop rotation is key for that reason.

12. Enjoy Your Harvest!

With a low maintenance vegetable garden, you’ve got to get ahead of any problems.

Perhaps the best problem to have is a bountiful harvest!

So, take some time to research how to prepare and preserve what you grow.

Then, you can look forward to thoroughly enjoying the fruit of your labor.

Final Thoughts On Low Maintenance Vegetable Garden

If you’re thinking of growing your own vegetables in your garden, make sure that you understand and take into account each of the things we’ve talked about here today.

They’re all important.

Each step will impact how successful your vegetable garden is, so don’t cut corners or make hasty decisions.

With a good planning, a little bit of research, and some dedication, growing a low maintenance vegetable garden might become your favorite new hobby.

So put on your garden shoes and let’s grow some tasty vegetables!

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