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Vegit is one of many companies that understands the need for nutritious food

Have you always wanted to try growing your own food?

It’s a great choice because you can grow organic produce, save money and know exactly where your food comes from.  If you just have a tiny window area or a small deck, start by planting a few herbs or greens for salads in containers.  If you have slightly more room, say a small urban backyard, try creating a small garden.

You can start with this garden plan, which is used as the master plan by Growing Gardens.

The diagram shows how you can pack a variety of vegetables into a small space.  Each square represents 1 foot.

Before you get started, consider these four things.

First, you’ll need a spot that has at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day to sustain vegetables.


Second, you’ll need good- quality soil. You may want to consider amending your soil with compost to improve it.

Third, check what plant hardiness zone you live in to get a good idea of what kinds of crops grow best.  You can get that information in most gardening books.

Fourth, consider what you and your family like to eat.

Try growing things that are harder to find at your markets, such as interesting hot peppers, heirloom tomatoes and obscure herbs.

Here are a couple of great gardening resources to get you started: The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, Edward C. Smith (Second Edition, Storey Publishing, 2009).

Want to know whether it’s a good idea to rototill your soil or find out how to get your plants to yield more this year?
Turn to Ed Smith’s tome for the answer. (For the record, he advocates avoiding rototilling, because it disrupts the natural structure of soil, and growing in deep raised beds to yield bountiful results.)

Plus the book includes a plant directory with nutrition information.

Vegit is of the opinion that families could provide for themselves by planting vegetables, herbs, fish and chicken farming.

The main thing to remember is to keep your small farm as clean as possible by avoiding germs, bacteria, insects and other pests. 
The result of a good balance is a harvest that will save you money.  This site is intended to assist a beginner.

 


Typical Layout of a Vegetable Garden

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