Most of us really are making the effort to go a bit greener, especially at home and at the same time lots of people, not just in Australia but all over the world, are becoming more and more concerned about the quality of the food they buy at the supermarket and are opting to go organic whenever they can.

Organic fruits and vegetables can be pricey though, however good for you they might be. there is an alternative though and all you need is some space in your garden a little guidance and a lot of patience. and that alternative is growing you own produce in your very own vegetable garden.

Before you recoil in horror and protest that you simply do not have the “green thumb” to create and cultivate a vegetable garden you should know that it is nowhere near as hard as it sounds. Here are some pointers for the first time veggie gardener:

Deciding What You Want to Grow
– Starting fairly small is usually the best idea for those new to the concept of vegetable gardening. Some first timers make the mistake of over-planting at the start of the growing season and end up not only feeling overwhelmed by their garden but left with too much produce on their hands as well.

When you are deciding what you want to grow you should remember that certain vegetables – tomatoes, peppers, beans etc – will keep on producing for months while other veggies like radishes, carrots and corn will only produce once so you should plan your garden accordingly.

A growing trend amongst vegetable gardeners right now is to try out heirloom seeds. Most of the fruits and vegetables you can buy in the supermarket are derived from just one or two varieties (its cheaper and easier that way) but heirloom seed bring back varities that have not been cultivated for years, or that have been created by horticulturists.

The variety in terms of color and taste is astonishing and there are now a number of great Aussie suppliers you can all kinds of seeds from online. These sites offer detailed information about each seed including what soils and climates it is best suited for, allowing you to choose the varieties that have the best chance of success if they are planted where you live.

Finding the Space to Grow
– Once you have determined what you want to grow then you have to find the room! But you do not need miles and miles of space to start a vegetable garden. Urban dwellers often do very well with container gardens set out on their decks and there are many postage stamp sized veggie patches that still produce lots of tasty food all year round.

In fact there are only three main requirements for the success of a vegetable garden (hard work aside) You need good light, a good soil and the right amount of water and these are things that can come together almost anywhere with a bit of effort.

In the second part of this series we will outline eight simple steps that will allow you to create your own backyard vegetable garden in less than weekend, so stay “tuned” for more!