The beginners’ guide to DIY vegetable gardening at home

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Eating locally grown foods is one of the best ways to minimize your carbon footprint, and food doesn’t get any more local than what’s grown in your own backyard. If you have been considering starting a vegetable garden at home to feed your family the best foods possible, there are a few simple steps that will help you ensure a plentiful first harvest.

Arranging your garden

Sun exposure should be a top priority for your vegetable garden, because veggies need a lot of sun each day—up to 8 hours of sunlight is preferred for most plants. You will want to place the garden away from trees and other existing plants, because these can compete for nutrients in the soil as well as sunlight. If you can place your garden relatively close to your house without compromising sun exposure, this will minimize the presence of animals and other pests.

Starting your seeds

March is the time to begin starting seeds indoors, but outdoor gardeners might wait until April. If you have poor natural soil in your yard, you might have more success planting seeds in a raised garden bed. A 16 x 10 foot garden is ideal for starters, and it can house 11 rows, each 10 feet in length.

Watering your plants

Most vegetables need at least one inch of water per week, but this may be provided by rain, so you should stay up-to-date with the weather forecast. You will want to look up specific guidelines for the vegetables you grow, as some plants need frequent watering whole others can grow with minimal maintenance.

Great Impressions can provide you with resources and tips for starting your garden at home in Naperville. Following the sustainability-conscious leadership of owner, Jeff Sebert, Great Impressions provides eco-friendly lawn and landscape care with design, building and maintenance. You can contact Great Impressions online or at 630-955-9017. 

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