Vegetable gardens

Starting a vegetable is a great way to keep active, eat healthy and even make a little money.

There are rules around transporting and selling fruit and vegetables. If you are thinking of selling fruit or vegetables in a Farmers Market you might find our section on Selling food at farmers market helpful.

How do you start a vegetable garden?

  1. Location: Choose a sunny spot in your garden that gets at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. Ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging. 
  2. Soil Preparation: Test your soil's pH level and amend it if necessary. Most vegetables prefer slightly acidic soil. You can add compost to improve soil fertility. 
  3. Choose Your Vegetables: Decide which vegetables you want to grow based on your preferences and the climate in your area. Consider easy-to-grow options like tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and zucchini for beginners.
  4. Planting: Follow the planting instructions on the seed packets or plant young seedlings. Pay attention to spacing and depth requirements for each type of vegetable. 
  5. Watering: Vegetables need consistent moisture. Water them deeply and regularly, especially during dry spells. Mulching can help retain soil moisture and prevent weeds. 
  6. Fertilization: You can use organic or synthetic fertilizers, depending on your preference. Follow recommended guidelines for application. 
  7. Pest and Disease Management: Keep an eye out for pests and diseases and take appropriate measures to control them. Consider using organic methods if possible. Support and Staking: Some vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers may need support or staking as they grow to prevent them from sprawling on the ground. Harvesting: Harvest your vegetables when they're ripe. This varies depending on the type of vegetable.

You can read more in our blog starting a organic vegetable garden.

What do I grow when?

There a wide range of what can be grown, to some degree this will depend on the quality of the soil and your particular climate. One of the most important factors is to grow in the right season, in some cases different varieties have been developed for different seasons. Here are some popular fruit and vegetables and when they are typically grown.

SeasonPopular FruitsPopular Vegetables
SpringStrawberries, CherriesAsparagus, Peas, Spinach, Lettuce
SummerBlueberries, PeachesTomatoes, Corn, Zucchini, Beans
FallApples, GrapesPumpkins, Butternut Squash, Chili
WinterOranges, GrapefruitBrussels Sprouts, Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Turnips, Mushrooms

What is the advantage of a raised vegetable garden?

One way to overcome a bad site and soil is to construct a raised garden bed. A raised vegetable garden, where the soil level is elevated above the ground, offers several advantages: 

  1. Better Drainage: Raised beds often have improved drainage because they are elevated, which prevents waterlogging. This is particularly beneficial in areas with heavy rainfall. 
  2. Improved Soil Quality: You have more control over the soil quality in raised beds. You can add specific soil mixes, compost, and nutrients, creating optimal conditions for plant growth. You have more control over the soil's pH, allowing you to customize it for the specific vegetables you want to grow. This can also result in improved Root Health because the soil is looser and better aerated. 
  3. Warmer Soil: Raised beds tend to warm up faster in the spring, allowing you to start planting earlier in the season and potentially extend your growing season. 
  4. Reduced Weeds: Raised beds can be filled with weed-free soil, reducing the occurrence of weeds. This makes maintenance easier and can lead to healthier crops. 
  5. Easier Maintenance: The raised height of the beds means less bending and kneeling, making gardening more accessible for people with physical limitations. It's also easier to work in raised beds without compacting the soil. 
  6. Pest Control: Raised beds can be covered with protective barriers like netting or row covers to keep pests away from your vegetables.  

These advantages make raised vegetable gardens a popular choice for both beginners and experienced gardeners, and they can be a great addition to Farm Pets or a source of fresh produce for The Farmers Lot.

How can you make money from a backyard garden?

A lot of backyards aren't big so it can be tough to make money from a backyard garden. The trick is to keep your costs down. The easiest way to keep your costs down is to sell locally, sell online and not pay for your advertising. The Farmers Lot is a good way to sell locally, your neighbours can check the map to find products close to them. Just by starting a store you benefit from the advertising done by The Farmers Lot and other stores.