Stephen Iwerebon has always felt a certain satisfaction when growing his own vegetables for delicious and healthy homemade meals.

If you have just started out with your own vegetable gardening or are completely new to the topic, this is the perfect list for you! Starting a vegetable garden is not as overwhelming as it seems! Check out these beginner tips from home chef and avid gardener Stephen Iwerebon and get started with your own beautiful garden today!Stephen Iwerebon Vegetable Garden



As a new vegetable gardener, it is advised to start small rather than to do too much at once. With regards to this you should first choose a size of land that suits your needs, a site of size 10×12 feet would make a very good area for beginners. Another important thing to note is that this site cannot be placed just anywhere, there are factors you need to consider before actually choosing your site with the confidence that it will yield a strong harvest for you. The land and geographic factors that require utmost consideration are:

  • Sunlight

At least 6 hours of direct sunlight is required by most vegetables for a higher yield.

  • Stability of site

A stable site is a site that is free from all sorts of environmental fluctuations, which could be weather factors such as flood or extreme dryness or maybe even heavy wind that will wreck your vegetables even before growth.

  • Fertile soil

A properly drained loamy soil will make a nice site for your vegetables. You may still add extra effort by applying compost manure to your site to give it the necessary nutrients for your vegetables to produce high yield.

  • The season

You must equally consider the seasonal variations to know if it is perfect for the type of vegetables you intend on growing.


After finalizing the above considerations for your perfect site, it is now time to know how to grow the perfect vegetables:

  • Spacing

To avoid unnecessary competition among your plants, you need to give enough spacing when planting them. The seed containers usually have guidance on spacing schedules to help guide you.

  • Watering

Avoid too much water or too little water. Water frequently, at least with great consideration to the weather condition at the time.

  • Timing

The best time for planting is typically early morning or early evening, although depending on the crop involved this may differ. Harvest also at the right time especially immediately after the vegetables attain maturity.

You can at this time after harvest decide whether to consume immediately or store for future use. Congratulations as you enjoy yourself harvested fresh veggies!

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