If you are new to  vegetable   gardening , there are certain things you must know before you start out.  Vegetable   gardening  is not rocket science, and once you have got the basics right it is extremely simple to do. So what are some of the best tips for  how   to   garden   vegetables ?

The first decision that you must make is  how  large your  garden  should be. For  a  family of four,  a  standard sized 20X20 foot plot should suffice. Starting off big is actually not  a  very good idea, since you are likely to become overwhelmed.

Next you need to decide which crops you want  to   grow  in your  garden . In the initial stages, you may want to try some of the more easy  to   grow   vegetables  such as beets, lettuces, carrots, and radishes. However, one key to successful  gardening  is to know your  vegetables  requirements and to do so, proper research is  a  must. Read the best  gardening  information you can find in order to develop  a  good understanding of  how   to   grow  different crops. Some factors you need to consider include whether the crops are best  grown  during the cooler spring and fall months, or warmer summer one, water and light requirements, and  how  much compost or other nutritional additives they may need.

The next step that you must take is select  a  good location for your  vegetable   garden . Your  garden  must receive proper sunlight, preferably at least eight hours  a  day. You also want to make sure it is somewhat sheltered from the wind. Selecting the right spot is crucial to your  gardening  success, so choose wisely. You also need to make sure you have easy access to water as well for your  garden’s  needs.

The next thing that you must do is to prepare your soil for the plantation. If your soil is not prepared well, even the easiest crops will not  grow  well. The best time to prepare your soil is during the fall the year prior  to   planting , but you can also do this early in the spring season as well, as long as the soil is not too wet. First you must clear the selected spot and make it free from weeds and debris. Next you must make the surface smooth. Till the soil with the proper  garden  tool and prepare the soil for the plantation. You can use some compost or manure to add required organic matter to your soil. The organic matter is meant to improve the fertility of the soil.

After you are done with the soil preparation,  plant  the crops you have chosen  to   garden . Some additional tips on  how   to   garden   vegetables  that should help: the tallest crops are always to be  planted  at the furthest point of your  garden , so as not to shade other crops. Rows should be  planted  north to south, and there needs to be spacing of at least two feet between each  garden  row.

Source by Bill Boor