Vegetable gardening is a great hobby to get into, can relieve a lot of stress, and is fantastic for saving money during those spring, winter, and fall months. It is also quite fun! By growing your own food, you are limiting the amount of money that you are spending at the grocery store. However, many people who may be interested in growing their own vegetables may turned off by the fact that it "seems" hard to do. What these people are unaware of, though, is that vegetable gardening is actually quite easy to do.
The first thing you need to do when starting your own vegetable garden is to set aside a small plot of land to use for planting. It really doesn't have to be anything large, depending on what you plan on growing of course, so don't think that it does. A simple 10 foot by 10 foot area is plenty. Be sure not to pick a shady area, as vegetables will require much sunlight to grow full.
Next, you are going to need to till the land. You can do this with a garden ho to remove and grass or weeds. You can also use a gas powered roto-tiller. These work great and can save you a lot of time if you are going to be planting in a large area. They aren't recommended for small areas though, as they can cost upwards of a couple hundred dollars, so they wouldn't be worth it. Keep in mind while tilling that you should be creating crests and troughs (high points and low points) in the dirt.
The next step is to get seeds from your local grocer, produce store, hardware store, and even a local farm. Take these seeds and plant them according the instructions on the package. Most vegetables have some different directions, i.e. to plant the seeds at different depths in the ground, so be sure to follow them precisely.
Now you will be ready for watering. Watering once a day should suffice. Just as long as you keep the ground moist enough; don't let it get too dry. At the same time, do not drown the plants either. If a puddle begins to form around the base of the plant, it means that the ground is already saturated, and further watering is not required; so stop watering it for the time being.
With these tips in mind, you will soon be on your way to a healthy vegetable garden that can bring you great tasting and healthy food for a good 6 months out of the year!