Tips on Starting Your Northern Virginia Vegetable Garden
Planning on growing your own tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, or other vegetables in your very own Mount Vernon, Clifton, Leesburg, or other Northern Virginia yard? Congratulations! Maintaining your very own vegetable garden not only leads to health benefits, but also grocery savings.
When starting your Northern Virginia vegetable garden, keep the following tips in mind:
- Think small. Start off with a small garden that will not overwhelm you; you can always expand later.
- Plan what you'd like to plant and grow and take that plan into consideration when designing your vegetable garden. Research what will grow best in the Northern Virginia region.
- Choose a vegetable garden location that receives as much soon as possible throughout the day.
- Opt for a location with a sandy loam soil. If you can take a handful of dirt and squeeze it in a ball then watch it crumble, you have sandy loam soil. If you need to transform predominantly clay or sandy soil, amend the soil with topsoil or compost.
- Purchase quality seeds and quality gardening tools.
- Follow the instructions on seed packets.
- Start with easy-to-grow veggies, such as tomatoes, onions, beets, and zucchini and, in small gardens, avoid such space-requiring crops as corn, squash, and pumpkin.
- Prevent disease and insect infestation by employing proper spacing, weeding, and fertilizing in your garden.
- Don't make gardening into more work than it needs to be; have fun and enjoy it.
For more information on vegetable gardening and landscaping around your Fairfax, Great Falls, or Herndon home, contact Green Acres Landscaping and Masonry. Green Acres has provided Northern Virginia communities with expert landscape and hardscape services since 1992.
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