Can I Really Grow Vegetables at Home?

Admit it, you’ve thought about having your own garden to grow vegetables and herbs. Who hasn’t? In a city like LA any opportunity to get back to our roots (pun intended) and enjoy Mother Nature should be taken; not only for our physical but our spiritual health. It’s no secret that most city-dwellers spend the majority of our days indoors, but studies have shown that just 15 minutes of sunlight can boost creativity and concentration.

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So, if you consider your local farmer’s market a “haunt” and would like an excuse to get out even more often, perhaps it’s time to graduate to home-grown fresh produce. 

Almost any sized yard can be utilized for a vegetable garden. In fact, a plot of about 16X10 feet is enough to feed a family of four for one whole summer. To get started, you’ll need ample sunlight and few simple tools and materials. Here are the simple steps to get your garden started.

TOOLS

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LOCATION

First, plant in a sunny location. Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The more sunlight they receive, the greater the harvest, the bigger the veggies, and the better the taste.

Next, you must plant in good soil. Plants’ roots penetrate soft soil more easily. Enriching your soil with compost provides needed nutrients. Proper drainage will ensure that water neither collects on top nor drains away too quickly

DIG + PLANT!

Dig and turn the soil with a shovel to break up any large chunks of dirt. Remove any stones and roots with a sod cutter, then mix in fresh garden soil

Prepare the hole with a hand trowel, making sure it is at least two times deeper and wider than the plant container. 

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Use the trowel to position the plant into the soil. Read the instructions on your seed or seedling package for the correct depth. 

Lightly cover the base of the plant with the surrounding soil. Do not mound or pile on extra dirt.

Make sure you give each plant enough space! Directions on spacing should be on the seed or seedling package.

Water your plants only when the soil is dry 1/2 inch deep.

 

Stand back, and admire your work. Congrats! You will soon have a delicious vegetable garden to share with your family and friends.

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