5 things to help you grow a veggie garden

A bountiful veggie garden begins with proper planning.

Growing a vegetable garden isn’t that hard but taking care of the core elements is key. Zack Snipes – a Horticulture Extension Agent with Clemson University – has five tips you need to know before you grow.

Tip #1: Know who you’re growing for.

A lot of people plant gardens because they think things are easy to grow. You need to plant things that you’re going to eat. Are you planning on growing it just for yourself? Are you growing it for a family or community? So you kind of need to manage your crops based on how much you want to produce and how much you can keep up with.

Tip #2: What’s in season?

Some things don’t grow well in your climate but some things grow really well. So buying the right plant and planning it at the right time is crucial. To find out what plants grow best in your area you know talk to people who have vegetable garden experience. Or check out websites in your state that maintain planting times.

Tip #3: Start small.

Most people start with bucket gardening or container gardening because it’s smaller and easy to manage. Then maybe you want to get into a raised bed type of system where you’re getting a little larger. And then once you’ve kind of graduated past that, then you can grow into the ground.

Tip #4: Site selection is key.

Site selection means having your garden close to a space where you’re going to be able to frequent it. And you want to have it in full sun. We recommend six to eight hours. You want to make sure you have the right soil. You want to have a well-drained area that’s not anywhere that can flood or hold water.

Tip #5: Check your soil.

Your soil is the foundation of your planting. You want to have the right type of soil. So what we recommend is a soil test. This is a really important step that people miss out because they get excited and want to garden without taking this step.  And if your pH level is off, you can put as much fertilizer to it as you want but you’re never really going to get the plant fully mature.