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Planting A Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardens are sprouting up all around the country as people are feeling the affects of a souring economy and are looking for new ways to make ends meet. Many people are returning to the old days of canning and freezing home grown fruits and vegetables and are amazed at all the benefits of back yard gardening.

Growing a garden is not just a hobby anymore, but it's a great way to save money while providing nutritious food for the kitchen table along with exercise, relaxation, and mental awareness.

Planting a vegetable garden is not difficult at all but there are some things that are important to your gardening success. Even a child, with a little guidance, can plant, cultivate, and make a garden bloom with great tasting fruits and vegetables.

A little muscle power, the right plants or seeds, and the right gardening tools are all that is needed. What you plant, and where you plant it, is important, also. Different types of fruits and vegetables grow in different areas and how they thrive depends on where, and when, they are planted during the year. Some fruits and vegetables do well in warm, damp climates while others do well in cool, dry places.

As a gardener, you can pick and choose the types of vegetables you want to grow and eat. To determine what grows best in your area, ask a neighborhood gardener or seek advice from a local nursery. Most nurseries specialize in plants and seeds that grow well in the area that they service.

The most difficult part of planting a garden is the tilling of the soil, which in itself is not very hard to do. All you need are a few of the most basic of tools, a hoe, a rake, a shovel, and if the soil is hard, a gas or electric tiller, or a hand operated tiller that can loosen the soil.

Once the tilling is done, the next step is the planting. The plants can be purchased from a nursery or from stores like the Home Depot, Walmart, Kmart, Lowe's, Orchards, or they can be grown from seeds by the gardener. Either way, the planting takes little time, but you may get your hands dirty. Some people like to wear gloves while planting and others like the feel of the soil on their hands.

Once the plants, or seeds, are in the ground, they have to be pampered. Fertilizing, if the soil is not that rich, may be a necessity. The right amount of watering is a must. Unless there is sufficient rainfall, you may have to irrigate your garden and/or create a workable drainage system.

Weeding is important. You may need to keep weeds and grass out of your garden because they take needed nutrients away from garden plants. Weeds and unwanted grass can be eradicated with certain fertilizers, by hoeing, or by pulling. If you use weed killing chemicals, make sure that they are safe for your garden plants, as not to kill them, and they should be safe for human consumption.

When your plants mature enough to eat, or have edible fruit, harvesting it is the next step. Some vegetables can be harvested only once while others produce many times over the course of the growing season.

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