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You Should Start a Vegetable Garden

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No matter what's going on in the world, I always know that I can find peace and plenty in my garden at home. Honestly, gardening is not only a utilitarian skill, but it's a fun hobby that anybody with a pot, soil, and some willingness to learn can pick up pretty easily. If you're thinking that you might like to start a garden during this difficult time of quarantine, read on!

I'll level with you. I have kind of a brown thumb. That is, I don't have the natural skill to keep plants alive like people with "green thumbs." But lucky for me, I have the internet, and some expert advice for growing in my area. As a lot of you know, I live in a difficult area for most vegetables to grow, as well; Phoenix's scorching summers turn even hardy plants into withered heaps without the right care. But don't worry, I have a few tips to set you on your way. If I can grow a full garden in 120 degree weather, you can!

First, survey your space. I'm lucky enough to have a big back garden, but maybe all you have is a porch or balcony. Container gardening is a good place to start if you've never gardened before, or if you don't have a lot of space, or if your soil quality is poor, like mine. If you can, I recommend raised garden beds! It allows you to more closely control the soil around your plants, but it may limit the size of the plants, and even their yield.

Next, select your plants. Look up your region on a reputable gardening site: some even let you look it up by post code! Then, choose plants that will fit comfortably in your space or container, that are made for your gardening zone. Remember that local nurseries will likely be a great resource for what plants grow well near you, and you won't have to start from seed if you get an established plant! Just make sure you research care instructions for your chosen plant. Some hate direct sunlight while others need it constantly, and some plants will die with too much water, while others need to be basically waterlogged. If you can't decide, most varieties of cherry tomatoes grow well almost anywhere, and basil plants are very hardy (I had a champ of a basil plant that lasted through 2 Arizona summers!)

Good luck, and may your garden grow green!

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