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Photo: Orto vegetable garden © 2010 Salvadonica Borgo

Photo: Orto vegetable garden © 2010 Salvadonica Borgo

There are a lot of steps that go into growing a home vegetable garden and you should be familiar with them if you want the garden to deliver on all your expectations. You likely will want to have more fun in the garden than time spent toiling over it. Knowing the proper way to maintain a vegetable garden will contribute to getting more fun out of the process and less time putting excess work into it.

For those wondering what they need to do to succeed at growing a vegetable garden at home, here are a few helpful basic steps to follow:

  • Determine how much space you have for growing. This is very important because certain selections of vegetables will require more space than others. Also, you want to be sure that you can dedicate the right amount of time for the care of your home vegetable garden. You might have more than a little trouble doing this if the garden is too large to care for given the amount of time you have available to you.
  • Decide what you want to grow in the garden. There are a few things that have to be taken into consideration when you select specific vegetables for the home. The budget you have to work with, the amount of work required to grow certain vegetables, which vegetables are your favorites to eat, and how the various selections will contribute to the visual look of the garden are all things you will want to weigh and consider.
  • Be sure that the spot you have picked is adequate for getting the right amount of sun into the garden. This is certainly not something that should ever be overlooked. The vegetables will require a decent amount of sunlight in order to grow. So, be sure that there are no obstructions blocking the sun from reaching the various vegetables in the garden. You might wish to be very deliberate in your selection of a section of your yard to grow a garden based on how much light the home vegetable garden will get.


  • Draw up plans on paper before you actually start to dig the garden in your yard. This might seem like an excessive step to some, but it most definitely is not. When you actually start to dig your garden and commence with planting seeds, you end up being more than a little overwhelmed and possibly a bit confused if you are a newbie. Probably the best way to cut down on the confusion and reduce any errors or mishaps would be to draw up clear plans on paper showing what you intend to plant and where you will plant them. Seriously, taking this step can make growing a vegetable garden a lot easier.
  • Pick the right vegetable soil and add it to your garden. You definitely do not want to grow your vegetables in plain dirt. You want the vegetables to grow in nutrient rich soil that is specifically designed for gardening. Clay, loam and silt would be common ingredients in gardening soil. Now, you can make your own or you can purchase. If you are new to gardening, then you may wish to buy the soil most appropriate for your garden based on the recommendation of the seller.
  • Create compost for the garden. This step could take a little time. Compost bins store biodegradable refuse which will be placed in the garden where it will be used to nourish the vegetables. You could consider this the all-natural way of recycling organic matter so that it can help the garden selection grow. We’ve found the Eco Compost Converter Bin to be one of the best on the market.
Photo: Composting Twins © 2008 DSA66503

Photo: Composting Twins © 2008 DSA66503

  • Water your garden regularly. You might even wish to install an irrigation system if the garden is a huge one. Watering is probably the most important step to growing a vegetable garden . With the right amount of water, you can feel confident that the vegetables will always remain hydrated and healthy.

Growing a vegetable garden at home can be a tremendously rewarding experience. A lot of work might go into growing one, but the work will also be quite rewarding. Using raised beds for your vegetable gardening can reduce the amount of work along with creating a better look for the overall garden. You can create a truly amazing looking garden that can truly add to the visual appeal of your home. Of course, you also gain the further benefit of having fresh vegetables for lunch and dinner that were grown right in your own backyard.

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6 Reponses to “How to Grow a Home Vegetable Garden

  • Marina says:

    I did miss out how important the soil is for home vegetable garden. But i got the experience, which is the best way to learn. Thanks for all the advice.

  • this is great information. I have made many mistakes in my gardens with the most common being trying to grow just about everything in a plot too small. Planning as you suggest is the way to go

    • green thumbs says:

      Thank you, I always used to forget about the planning but the second I started too, my vegetable garden seemed to bloom.

  • Pat McConaha says:

    One of the problems we deal with out here in the high desert is the poor soil quality. We finally have enough goats, chickens and rabbits to get some nutrients back into the soil for having a better garden. Great tips there, my gardener friend.

    • green thumbs says:

      Your welcome my fellow gardener, I’m sorry to hear about your soil issues but keep them animals churning up the ground and adding them nutrients in. Your’ll soon have amazing ground for the vegetables

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