As the economy continues to move slowly, more people are looking for ways to cut down on their monthly costs. Another big trend is “going green” or becoming more aware of your environmental responsibilities and the carbon footprint you’re leaving on the planet. One of the best ways to satisfy both your green heart and your green thumb is to start your own vegetable garden. Owning your own vegetable garden saves your family money, while also provides them with nutritious, home-grown vegetables. These vegetables are known to not only taste better and be free from pesticides, but you’re also eating local (as local as you can get!), which saves transportation costs and effects.

Basically, starting your own vegetable garden is great in a number of ways, if you have the time and the space for one. Here are just a few tips on how to great started:

Where? – You may have the space on your property for a small, or even large garden, but one of the key factors in placing your garden is how much sunlight the site receives on a daily basis. You should plan out a space of no more than 20’ by 30’, which will easily feed a family of four. If you have some experience in gardening, you can definitely start bigger, but you may find yourself overwhelmed by the space, and the care it will need. Next, make sure your site is not in a low spot, or in an area that doesn’t drain well. Low spots collect cold air and areas with poor drainage will soak and kill your vegetables every time. Lastly, your garden site should by close to a water source, and as close to your house as possible. It’s been shown that a closer garden receives better care and is less likely to be eaten or destroyed by neighboring animals.

The Soil – Any experienced gardener understands how important it is to test your soil, since it will give you an idea of what kinds of minerals and fertilizers you will need to buy. If you need help collecting a sample, contact your County Extension Office; they will explain how to collect the sample and how you can interpret the results. It should be relatively easy and inexpensive. Once you get the results, you can add lime or fertilizer, depending on your soil type. Don’t worry if you have a sandy or clay-based soil, since they can still be turned into a good vegetable garden.

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