Being able to eat fresh vegetables is a pleasant experience that could alter your lifestyle. The problem you will run into is how to get started. If you are a successful farmer, you will know how.

  • Resort to growing vegetables you like to eat, especially the ones that are tasty when eaten fresh such as beans, peas, tomatoes and young spinach.
  • Find some flat ground and prepare by turning the soil and adding compost. If it is early spring, a full day of sun shine is a must for growing vegetables.
  • Before you start, you need to figure out the space you have for growing and you need to choose your crops accordingly. When it comes to space, you could grow lettuce on a solid mat but tomatoes need 2ft of space to grow and pumpkins need 4ft of space between plants.
  • If you only have limited space, choose plants that never need much space. For instance, lettuce could be grown on pots and you can grow tomatoes in hanging pots. Cucumbers and pole beans which are vines could be grown in limited spaces as they grow vertically. You could leave parsley and herbs in flower pots.
  • You need to schedule planting in the two seasons. Crops such as beat, cabbage, carrot, lettuce etc. belong to cold season and they should be grown in the spring and fall. The crops for warm season could be grown in the summer. The crops for summer include beans, corns, melons, cucumbers etc.
  • With some crops you could follow the easier method of sawing seeds direct. Beans, lettuce, carrots, corn, melons etc could be planted this way. Other plants you need to buy as seedlings and it is cumbersome to start with them.
  • Vegetable seeds could be bought from hardware stores or from a grocery store. In case you plant seeds, you need to provide 2 inches of breathing space for the seeds. After the planting of seeds, spray water for about 5 minutes. After that, you need to water the area daily. After five weeks you are going to notice the results.
  • If you are not experienced you could buy seedlings and start. Seedlings are easier to manage once they are set on the soil. Tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, coli flower and peppers could be grown this way.
  • After preparing soil you could look for seedlings. Do not let the prepared soil to stand for over three days. Your seedlings should be stocky and not lean and tall. They should not have yellow leaves or insect holes.
  • In case insects begin to give problems, you could buy chemical treatment sprays to control them. Ants, squirrels and rabbits also destroy crops. In case you expect frost, close your vegetable plots with plastic covers.
  • You could plant seeds indoors in winter and plant them in spring. Kits for the purpose are available in shops.
  • You could introduce gardening to kids by growing colorful radishes and giant sunflowers. They will enjoy growing their own food.