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Outdoors  /  June 7, 2022

5 Ways to Build the Perfect Vegetable Garden in the Colorado Springs Area

vegetable garden

Vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals, and they also contain fiber and other nutrients. If you want to start growing vegetables at home, consider creating a vegetable garden.

To get started, you don’t need a large plot of land or a lot of money. In fact, you can start growing vegetables in containers from seeds. The key is to select the right plants and properly prepare them before planting.

You’ll discover that there’s no limit to the variety of vegetables you can grow in your own backyard. Whether you enjoy cooking with fresh produce or simply eating it raw, you’ll love having a vegetable garden.

Choose Your Plants Carefully

The first step to starting a vegetable garden is choosing what kind of plants you’d like to grow. There are several factors to consider when selecting your crops:

  • Size – Some plants will be small enough to fit into a container while others may require more space. For example, tomatoes are usually grown in containers because their size makes it difficult for them to survive outside. On the other hand, peppers and eggplants are often planted in the ground because they have larger roots and require more room.
  • Taste – You might prefer certain vegetables over others. For instance, some people love corn but hate peas.
  • Nutrition – Certain foods contain higher levels of nutrients than others. For example, spinach contains high amounts of iron, broccoli has vitamin C, and carrots have beta-carotene.

Prepare the Soil

After you’ve decided which plants to plant, you’ll need to prepare the soil. Composted manure, peat moss, or leaf mold are examples of organic matter that can be added. It is critical to incorporate this material into the soil so that it does not dry out during the summer months.

Planting Seeds

After you’ve prepared the soil, it’s time to plant the seeds. Plant seeds directly in the ground or in pots. Use a trowel to gently mix the seed mixture into the soil when sowing seeds into the ground.

Water

If you intend to grow vegetables all year, you will need to water them on a regular basis. You can water your plants once a week in the spring and fall. If you live in a climate where the temperature stays above 80 degrees Fahrenheit all year, you may only need to water once every two weeks.

Harvest Time

Remember to pick your vegetables early in the season. Many vegetables taste best when picked young. When they reach maturity, they lose flavor.

Growing your own vegetables is an enjoyable way to spend time outside. You’ll notice that as you harvest your crops, you’ll have much more control over what goes into your meals. Plus, you won’t have to pay exorbitant grocery prices.

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