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Vegetables can be expensive. With the rising food costs one of the ways in which people are cutting down on their grocery bills each week to buy planting a veggie garden in their own backyard. Not only will you be able to save a small fortune on fresh veggies but you will also have direct access to your very own produce section anytime you want. With a few simple steps you can easily transform your backyard into a gardener's oasis.

Planting Vegetable Options

Like planting flowers, planting vegetables can be done two different ways. You can either purchase the seedlings at any garden store for around $2.00 per package or you can take the seeds from vegetables you have in your refrigerator and grow additional plants from these seeds. Vegetables such as peppers, zucchini, pumpkin and squash can all be easily grown from existing seeds that you would normally throw away when chopping up your veggies for dinner. Additional popular veggies to grow include beans, radish, potatoes, carrots, cucumber and lettuce.

You can grow veggies in a garden bed or in pots in your backyard. Your plants will need access to the sun, nice soil and frequent water. If you are growing your veggies in a pot then you will need to purchase specific veggie potting soil. Garden soil in pots will not work very well to grow your veggies.

From Seedlings to Supper

Before you plant your seedlings it is a good idea to give your garden bed a rinse with water so that the soil is fresh and ready for the seedlings. Make sure you space your seedlings out so there is room for each veggie plant to grow. If you are planting more than one type of veggie then it is a good idea to plant them in rows or set aside specific areas for each type of vegetable.

Most veggies need at least four hours of direct sunlight each day to grow so consider where you want to place your pots or your garden bed. It is a good idea to plant your veggies away from larger trees which may provide too much shade for them to strive. If your garden bed is not getting a lot of rain, then you will need to water your veggies every week to keep them hydrated. You may also want to purchase some pre planting fertilizer to jump-start your seedlings. This is up to you, however.

One of the biggest concerns when it comes to planting veggies is the risk of pests and rodents. If you are growing veggies and leaving your veggies outside too long without picking them, then rats and other unwanted pests may decide to make a home in your veggie patch. You may want to set up rat bait around the veggie garden, invest in a net to go over the garden or even spray pesticide to keep insects and other bugs away. There are several varieties of pest control, some of which is a lot greener than others. Talk to a garden professional about your options.

Growing your own veggies can be challenging and incredibly rewarding. However, one thing to remember is that a lot of things can go wrong which may result in your veggies not growing. Birds eating the seedlings, your dog digging in the dirt and pests snacking on your leaves can all result in a poor growing environment for your veggies. If your first batch of veggies does not grow, try again. Test different soils and put up netting to keep unwanted animals away from your crop. Experimenting in your garden and planting vegetables is all part of the fun.

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