Julie Sagan GRI - Sagan REALTORS ®, Swampscott, MA Real Estate, Marblehead, MA Real Estate

Back to Basics: How to Start A Veggie Garden

Now more than ever, homeowners are looking for practical, affordable, easy ways to grow food at home. On almost every apartment balcony, back porch, and in every yard vegetable gardens are sprouting up! Gardeners are finding their green thumbs and taking to the dirt. Maybe you’ve been wanting to try your hand at growing veggies but find yourself staring at your thumbs scouring for any shade of green. I’m here to tell you that it’s easier than you think, and if you follow these steps you’ll be picking peppers and plucking tomatoes in no time!

There’s nothing like the fresh taste of a homegrown vegetable that happen to be the fruits of your own labor. 

There are a lot of reasons to start your own veggie garden, not only because we’re trying to reduce the amount of time we spend in public and at stores, but for the taste! There’s nothing like the fresh taste of a homegrown vegetable that happens to be the fruits of your own labor. You may find yourself biting into a fresh tomato like an apple after seeing how fresh and tasty it looks on the vine!

First up, location location location! Your veggies need a sunny, moist, stable environment for the best results. Most vegetable plants require direct sunlight for a good portion of the day. They’ll want to hang out in well-drained soil, so consider building a raised bed if your yard isn’t conducive to water drainage. Be sure to plant your garden away from high traffic areas, and account for animals that may live in your yard that will want to taste the veggies before you do.

There is so much to know about each and every vegetable, but with a little research about what’s best for your local area, you’ll be planting in no time! Different veggies grow during different parts of the season, so you’ll want to group them together. Some veggies grow completely underground, while others will have to grow tall onto a lattice or support. So be sure to take note of how the sun shines on your garden so that plants won’t be blocking one another from the nourishing rays!

Think about your water sources. Are you close enough to a hose or sprinkler system? Otherwise, you could find yourself forming a fire brigade to water your veggies. It’s best to plan out your garden, measure a manageable size, and plan what you’ll grow so you can buy accordingly. Grow what you’ll eat! It may seem tempting to grow everything under the sun (no pun intended..) but there’s no use in growing veggies you won’t use.

A fantastic smelling idea to consider is planting low growing herbs or flowers around the perimeter of your garden to add to its beauty and add some spices and flavor to your dishes!

Speaking of which… when your vegetable garden is ready for harvesting, what will you make with your bounty? How about this Ratatouille recipe from tasty.co? It’s a delightful array of sautéed and baked vegetables in a beautiful pattern, a perfect way to show off your skills! (https://tasty.co/recipe/ratatouille)

For more information on starting a garden, visit HomeDepot.com for a fool-proof, detailed project guide: https://www.homedepot.com/c/ah/how-to-start-a-vegetable-garden/9ba683603be9fa5395fab90d6de2854