How Does Your Garden Grow?

GardenFrom the time we're young, we're told about the importance of "eating our vegetables." And with good reason. Vegetables provide a wide range of nutrients that can greatly reduce the risk of certain illnesses and diseases. Plus, let's not forget, they're pretty tasty, too.

You can bring all the great health benefits of veggies right to your home by starting a vegetable garden. Follow these 8 easy steps to get your garden growing:

  1. "Dig" your soil. To build a good home, you need a solid foundation. The same applies to the foundation of your garden — the soil. Good gardening always begins with the soil on which you plant. The softer the soil, the easier it will be for roots to grow, so be sure to use a shovel to dig and to break up dirt clumps. Also, remove weeds from the soil, which can hinder growth.
  2. Get some room to grow. We all need space every now and again. That holds true for your vegetable plants, too. Be sure to leave enough room between plants for your vegetables to grow, as plants placed too closely will compete for water and nutrients.
  3. Shower your plants with water. It's no secret that plants need water to survive. That's why it's critical to regularly water your plants. For best results, water plants earlier in the morning to slow down evaporation from the sun. Be sure not to overhydrate your plants.
  4. Let your plants shine. Vegetables especially need sunlight in order to grow (as much as six hours per day), so be sure to plant in a sunny location. Sunlight won't just make your vegetables healthier; it will make them tastier, too.
  5. Add some mulch to the mix. Mulch isn't just for beauty. In addition to keeping the soil cool and conserving moisture, mulch also helps keep weeds down.
  6. Feed your plants. Unlike people, plants can grow without food. However, feeding your plants nutrients will help provide healthier and tastier plants.
  7. Have your pick. Be sure to harvest your vegetables as soon as they are ready. And if you have dead or diseased plants in your garden, remove them immediately.
  8. Read the fine print. One of the most important things you can do is read the instructions and tips on seed packages to understand the specific requirements of each plant.

Now that you have your tips, there's only one more important thing you need to do — get growing.