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I cannot tell you how excited I am to start my garden. This will be my fourth year growing a garden. For the record, I am not an expert gardener; I am still learning a ton. One thing I have learned is gardening takes some time, but it has been an enormously rewarding experience for me. It has always been a huge benefit to my family as well. 
For starters my children love it! It's hard to be mad when I catch my children eating all the tomatoes, as they ripen, off the vine. Another benefit I really look forward to is the early mornings as the sun is coming up over the mountains that I can work in my garden in the crisp morning air. This brings peace and a stillness to my life that is rare. Another reward to gardening is the fresh supply of produce right in my backyard. During the summer I will often take a visit to my garden to pick fresh veggies before serving dinner.
For anyone out there wanting to know more about where to start, I found a great resource online for you that I have posted below. Don't be intimidated. There's a ton of references all over the web but I felt this article was direct and thorough about basic gardening.  Also If you're a pro gardener feel free to share your tips below in the comment section. Have a happy Tuesday everyone!
 
 

Basic Vegetable Gardening Tips 

  •  Decide What to Plant-
"At first, when planting a garden with vegetables, it's best to start small. Many gardeners get a little too excited at the beginning of the season and plant more than they need -- and end up wasting food and feeling overwhelmed by their garden.
So first, take a look at how much your family will eat when you think about how to plan a vegetable garden. Keep in mind that vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash keep providing throughout the season -- so you may not need many plants to serve your needs. Other vegetables, such as carrots, radishes, and corn, produce only once. You may need to plant more of these."

  • Plan Your Garden-

"1. Full sun. Most vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of direct sun. If they don't get enough light, they won't bear as much and they'll be more susceptible to attack from insects or diseases.
Here's a hint: If you don't have a spot in full sun to plant a garden with vegetables, you can still grow many leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach. And if you're in a hot-summer climate, cool-season varieties such as peas may do better in part shade.
2. Plenty of water. Because most vegetables aren't very drought tolerant, you'll need to give them a drink during dry spells. When thinking about how to plan a vegetable garden, remember: The closer your garden is to a source of water, the easier it will be for you.
3. Good soil. As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that's rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss)."

  • Prepare Your Space-
"Loosen your soil before you plant a garden with vegetables. You can either use a tiller or dig by hand.
Once the soil has been loosened, spread out soil amendments (such as compost) and work them into the soil. Avoid stepping on freshly tilled soil as much as possible. Otherwise, you'll be compacting the soil and undoing all your hard work.
When you're done digging, smooth the surface with a rake, then water thoroughly. Allow the bed to rest for several days before you plant."

 
  • Watering your Plants-

"Most vegetables like a steady supply of moisture, but not so much that they are standing in water. About an inch of water per week is usually sufficient, provided by you if Mother Nature fails to come through. Water when the top inch of soil is dry. For in-ground crops, that may mean watering once or twice a week; raised beds drain faster and may require watering every other day."
  • When to Harvest-
This is what it's all about, so don't be shy about picking your produce! Many vegetables can be harvested at several stages. Leaf lettuce, for example, can be picked as young as you like; snip some leaves and it will continue to grow and produce. Summer squash (zucchini) and cucumber can be harvested when the fruit is just a few inches long, or it can be allowed to grow to full size. The general rule: If it looks good enough to eat, it probably is. Give it a try. With many vegetables, the more you pick, the more the plant will produce.

Quotes taken from: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/vegetable/vegetables/planning-your-first-vegetable-garden/

I would highly suggest this site to anyone who would like to learn more about basic gardening. Click to read the full article.
 

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