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There are many benefits to start a vegetable garden. It is free from harsh pesticide use, fresh from the garden, and help to save money on grocery shopping.

Starting a vegetable garden may sound intimidating at first but it is fairly simple once you get started.



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Sunny spots help vegetable growth

Firstly, choosing the right spot in the garden is important. It should be well exposed to sunlight for optimal growth. Same applies to small courtyard and balcony garden.

Determine the type of vegetable garden that suit your location:

Container gardening



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Container Gardening

For garden with limited space or even balcony, consider pots and containers for planting. It is easy to maintain and portable to gain exposure to sun.

Raised-bed gardening
Raised-beds are great for cooler climate to get more heat from the sun. They are also good for infertile soil and weed reduction. Many claimed that this method in fact resulted in higher yields compared to conventional row gardening.

In-ground gardening



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In-ground gardening

As opposed to raised-bed garden, in-ground gardening is suitable for places with warmer climate where vegetables are grown lower and cooler. Vegetables are traditionally planted in rows (e.g. Wide-row planting, single-row planting).



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Choose the right vegetable to plant

Next, depending on the seasons, select vegetable types that are suitable for the weather condition. Go to the local nurseries which offer variety of seeds and seedling to choose from. Other growing methods include root divisions, cloves, root cutting and so on.



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Seedlings in nurseries

Just like any living thing, vegetable needs constant care and nurturing. Use mulch to cover the area around the vegetable to suppress weed growth. Check on the plants daily and be sure to water them only in the early mornings or evenings but never on a mid-day as the the moisture will evaporate quickly.

Finally, wait for the time to harvest and enjoy cooking and eating the fresh produce from your own garden. Having a vegetable garden at home is rewarding, satisfying and cost effective.

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