24 November 2019

Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Veggie Garden

Adrian Atelj
Share

If you love the idea of growing your very own fresh fruit and vegetables but have never picked up a watering can before, you’re in the right place! You may not think you have a green thumb, but you’ll be amazed with what you can do with a little commitment.

After all, the sweet victory of a delicious, juicy harvest will be worth all of the time and effort you invest.

When you first start to plan your vegetable garden, it’s all too easy to jump straight in and grow as much as you can. But anyone who has gardened before will warn you that this is not the way to go and will most likely set you up for disappointment. Here are some tips to consider if you are about to embark on this rewarding journey – which can turn into obsession quite fast!

1) The location
One of the first things to consider is the location of where your new veggie patch will be. Most vegetables and fruits love full sun all day, and if you have pets, your plants should be protected from them. Ideally the location should be convenient to you, such as near a water source.

2) The Size
When starting your first garden with little experience, small is the way to go. You can start learning the basics and really get a feel if this new hobby is for you or not without investing too much time and money. A small planter bed is ideal for the back yard or you can even grow in pots – especially if you live in an apartment and you don’t have the luxury of outdoor space.

3) Choosing what to grow
Luckily vegetables are one of the easiest things to grow! The first thing you should ask yourself is “what veggies do I like to eat” and then plan accordingly, taking into consideration the requirements for each plant. It’s best to start with 4-5 different veggies, making sure not to plant too many at once and limiting the room they have to grow. By planting successive crops, your garden can be productive year-round, alternating between the seasons. Some crops like tomatoes will produce fruit throughout the season whilst other like carrots can only be harvested once.

4) Give your plants some love
What do plants love, you might ask? Well, they love well-draining soil which is rich in nutrients (fertilizer can help here), water, warm sun and a prune here and there to optimise growth. Regularly pop out to check for any signs of pests or weeds and inspect any plants that look unhealthy so you can catch the problem swiftly and efficiently.

5) Watering
Watering your plants correctly for your region is key to success. For example, if you live in a hot dry environment, your plants will need more water, more frequently. If you live in an area that is warm and humid, your plants may need watering less frequently.
While your seeds are germinating, they like to be kept moist and warm, whereas more established plants like a big drink every few days – this encourages the roots to grow deeper to produce a healthy, strong plant.

6) The harvest
By checking your seed packet or researching online you can find the right harvest time for your chosen fruit and veg. If you leave it too late, the first frost can deteriorate your produce, so make sure you’re ready!

Here are some recommended plants to grow for beginners:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Snow peas
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Herbs

TIP: If space is an issue for you, consider growing vining plants such as tomatoes or cucumbers, that can grow vertically. You will need some type of trellis to support this type of growing.

Good luck, and happy growing!

Other Articles

  • 10 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    4 things first home buyers need to know
  • 9 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    4 tips for planning success when selling
  • 18 December 2019 - Vic Lorusso
    4 Tips to Consider When Selecting a Builder
  • 19 April 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Key questions to ask before buying a home
  • 15 December 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    8 Must Haves When Choosing A Rental Property
  • 19 April 2022 - Danielle Redford
    How to make a winning rental application
  • 16 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    8 tips for negotiating with selling agents
  • 7 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    A guide to buying at auction
  • 5 October 2019 - Vic Lorusso
    Adding a pool: will it add value?
  • 4 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Are property managers worth the cost?
  • 24 November 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Veggie Garden
  • 25 March 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Breaking a Lease with your Landlord Early
  • 18 April 2022 - Emma McLaren
    Understanding your home’s useable equity
  • 9 May 2022 - Danielle Redford
    How to flip property in Australia
  • 15 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Gaining the mindset of a successful investor
  • 5 April 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Homeownership in 2022: Costs of Buying a House
  • 9 October 2019 - Vic Lorusso
    Hot interior styling trends for 2020
  • 12 March 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Your guide to different house types
  • 12 March 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Conveyancing: a cheat-sheet guide
  • 19 April 2022 - Emma McLaren
    How long does it take to build a new home?
  • 12 March 2022 - Danielle Redford
    How much deposit do you need to buy a home?
  • 9 May 2022 - Emma McLaren
    How much does a new kitchen cost?
  • 12 March 2022 - Danielle Redford
    What's the average cost to build a home in 2022?
  • 9 May 2022 - Danielle Redford
    The value of building an extra bedroom
  • 5 April 2022 - Danielle Redford
    How to make the most of negative gearing
  • 19 April 2022 - Emma McLaren
    How to buy property through private sale
  • 2 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    How to choose an investment property
  • 9 May 2022 - Danielle Redford
    How to determine the value of a home
  • 6 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    How to get your property ready for sale
  • 2 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    How to increase your return on investment
  • 5 April 2022 - Emma McLaren
    Stress-free interstate migration
  • 4 January 2020 - Adrian Atelj
    How to Negotiate a Lower Rent and Save Big
  • 24 December 2019 - Vic Lorusso
    How To Use Plants for Shade and Privacy
  • 28 November 2019 - Vic Lorusso
    Is a Low Deposit Loan Right for You?
  • 12 March 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Is It Worth Hiring a Buyer's Agent?
  • 7 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    How to style your home and wow your buyers!
  • 12 March 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Making an offer on a house in 2022
  • 16 October 2019 - Vic Lorusso
    Making the transition from rent to mortgage
  • 9 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Market falling? Here’s what to do
  • 4 November 2019 - Vic Lorusso
    Mortgage Cashback: What’s the Catch?
  • 19 April 2022 - Emma McLaren
    How to negotiate a home purchase price
  • 15 October 2019 - Vic Lorusso
    Nine top tips for buying off the plan
  • 1 November 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    November Monthly Market Overview
  • 18 April 2022 - Emma McLaren
    Your Complete Pre-Settlement Checklist
  • 19 April 2022 - Danielle Redford
    How to prepare your home for the rental market
  • 24 December 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Propagating Indoor House Plants with Water
  • 12 March 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Rent-to-own your own home schemes
  • 9 May 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Checklist for a rental inspection
  • 10 November 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Storage Hacks for Babies and Toddlers
  • 25 March 2022 - Emma McLaren
    Using Super to Buy a Property
  • 19 April 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Essential tools for DIY home renovations
  • 16 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    The attraction of apartment living
  • 5 October 2019 - Pat Carbone
    The home buyer’s guide to stamp duty
  • 9 May 2022 - Danielle Redford
    How to carry out an end of lease cleaning
  • 14 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Tips for keeping pets safe outside your home
  • 26 December 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Top 10 Indoor House Plants
  • 3 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Top tips for picking your ideal suburb
  • 19 April 2022 - Emma McLaren
    Which Property Type Should You Buy?
  • 9 May 2022 - Danielle Redford
    What you need to know about stamp duty
  • 19 April 2022 - Danielle Redford
    What’s the purpose of a sunset clause?
  • 10 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Understanding supply and demand
  • 25 March 2022 - Emma McLaren
    What is a Granny Flat?
  • 9 May 2022 - Emma McLaren
    What is a private rental?
  • 19 April 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Buying a Property Under a Private Treaty Sale
  • 12 March 2022 - Danielle Redford
    Property Valuations and How They are Calculated
  • 14 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    What to look for when inspecting a property
  • 9 May 2022 - Emma McLaren
    A Guide to building a granny flat
  • 27 November 2019 - Pat Carbone
    When is the Best Time of Year to Sell?
  • 9 May 2022 - Danielle Redford
    I want to sell my home; where do I start?
  • 6 October 2019 - Vic Lorusso
    Which property costs are tax-deductible?
  • 10 October 2019 - Adrian Atelj
    Why selling your home is taking longer
  • 183 of 183 articles
    Copyright © 2021 Homes.com.au Limited. All rights reserved.