Starting a vegetable garden (Vegetable Garden Hub)

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Growing a Vegetable Garden

Getting Started with a Vegetable Garden

Growing a vegetable garden can be as simple as raising a few tomatoes in hanging pots on the patio or as complex as developing a new permaculture design for an entire property.

Before you grab that shovel, borrow the neighbor’s rototiller and start buying up all those pretty packets of seeds with the pictures of luscious ripe vegetables on them you’ll need to take a little time to work out a few key elements of your plan for a garden.

Choosing the path that is best for your personal needs is fairly simple, and begins by asking a few well-chosen questions to determine what you really want to do.

Here are a few to get you started:

  • How much time can I devote to a vegetable garden?
  • Should I just plant a few favorites in containers or a tabletop greens garden, or do I have time for a full-on garden?
  • How permanent is my living situation?

If you aren’t sure how long you’ll be living at your current location, consider community gardens or container gardens as an option.


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.