Maintaining Trees and Lawns

Why You Should Start a Vegetable Garden Today

by Cherly Wheeler

Have you ever thought about starting a vegetable garden but didn't know where to start? It can seem intimidating at first, but the benefits are worth it. Not only is it a cheaper and healthier way to get fresh produce, but having your own garden is also beneficial for the environment and can even improve your mental health. What do you need to know?

It's a Cheaper and Healthier Way to Get Fresh Produce

Going to the grocery store every week can be expensive, and you never know how fresh the produce is. With a vegetable garden, you are in full control of what you grow and how it is grown. This way, you can ensure that your produce is organic and free from any harmful pesticides.

It's Beneficial for the Environment

When you grow your own vegetables, you are reducing the carbon footprint. This is because the vegetables do not have to be transported from the farm to the store, which reduces the amount of fuel used. Furthermore, growing your own vegetables reduces the amount of packaging that is used, which in turn reduces waste.

It Can Improve Your Mental Health

Gardening is therapeutic. Being out in the fresh air, surrounded by nature, can potentially help reduce stress levels and may improve mental health. Research has shown that spending time in nature can lower cortisol (the hormone associated with stress) levels.

Tips for Maintaining Your Garden

To ensure that your garden stays healthy, it's important to weed regularly, fertilise periodically, and check for pests. One common mistake that new gardeners make is over-watering their plants. You'll want to ensure that the soil is moist, but not saturated.

How to Start Your Own Vegetable Garden

The first step is to decide what you want to grow and where you want to plant it. Next, you need to choose the type of soil you will use. You want to use soil that is rich in nutrients and drains well.  Then, you need to decide if you want to start your plants from seeds or if you want to purchase seedlings. You also need to make sure your plants get enough sun, water, and nutrients.

However, while it's a great idea to start a vegetable garden, it takes some effort. To get the ball rolling, reach out to a local landscaping expert for their input. They'll help you to design your vegetable garden and do the initial heavy lifting. Once you're up and running, they'll also give you ongoing maintenance tips.

What to Do Next

Talk with a local landscaping professional for further advice. They'll ensure that your new vegetable garden is an outstanding success.