Why Starting a Garden Could be the Best and Most Fun Investment You Make as a Retired Person

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Gardening is downright fun and eating something you grew yourself is a very rewarding experience.

How To Start A Vegetable Garden Of Your Very Own

No matter what type of vegetable garden you want to grow, you should start one whenever you can. Vegetable gardens can actually help with the cost of food, especially if you have a large family. Exercising can sometimes be very boring, however, if you start a garden, you can become fit while you tend to your garden outside.

Infestations are very common in gardens, and you need to do what you can to protect her vegetable garden from these foreign invaders. Whether it is an insect, a deer, or some other invader coming into your garden, you must keep your garden safe from these animals and insects. Although you cannot protect your garden from insects by putting up a fence, it will keep out most of the medium to large sized animals from going in. Another use for a fence is to grow beans and peas on it using it for support.

Map Out Your Garden on Paper First


Getting a veggie garden going, especially if you lack years of experience, may be problematic at best. You need to know exactly what you want to grow before you begin. You might want to write down the vegetables that you want to grow and then figure out where they will be grown in the garden itself. This isn’t as much effort as it may sound like. Some people will simply write out what their garden will look like on a piece of paper, which they can reference later.

Pick the right plants for your area’s amount of sunlight. For extra sunlight consider using homemade reflectors which you can create using boards for science fair projects covered in aluminum foil. Even reflecting the light up towards the plants will increase light. I’ve done this growing plants both indoors hydroponically and outside with limited light gardens. It works!

So before you begin your garden, write your plan down that will cover every aspect of your vegetables and what you’ll do with them. Once you have it figured out exactly what you want, gather the supplies, and get ready to get started on your vegetable garden.

Keep Water in Mind for Your New Veggie Garden Plants


Water is one of the most vital elements that any garden needs, and you want to make sure that you don’t either under or over-water your vegetables. An example of this is watering just enough based upon the type of soil you are using. Sandy soil, for example, does not absorb water very well, while clay soil is very good at retaining water. The morning is definitely the best time to water your garden simply because plants absorb water better at this time. Most of the time, you will be able to find someone that can help you with your garden, you can share with you which types of vegetables require the most water and what type of soil you are working with.

If you finally decide to have a garden, don’t wait! You have nothing to worry about – just go ahead and do it! If nutrition is important to you, as well as eating fresh vegetables every day, you should definitely start a garden. It takes a few years to get really good, but after that, you will be a gardener that knows what they are doing.