People get into gardening for all kinds of different reasons. New homeowners might choose to garden if their yard is emptier than they’d like it to be. You can also become a gardener if you feel like you’re ready to landscape your lawn. Any dedication you put towards taking care of plants is really a form of gardening, but some people assume that you can’t truly be a gardener unless you’re growing something you can eat.

Raising vegetables might have be a dream for you, so why not make it come true? You don’t have to have a long history with gardening to master vegetables. In fact, even the laziest gardener can grow their own food. It’s all about how you design your garden space. Check out some ideas to help you figure out how you want to create your garden, and soon you’ll be growing vegetables without putting a ton of time and energy into your plants.

  1. Grow New Plants Near the Old Ones

If you live in a house, you probably already have plants in your yard. Whether they’re bushes or trees, you might even have a watering routine down for when the days start getting hot again. Why not grow your vegetables near the plants you already have? If that location works for what your vegetable plants need in terms of sunlight and soil, you can knock the watering out all at once but putting them together.

  1. Try Companion Planting

While you can typically plant your vegetables next to any other garden plant, there’s some strategic placement called companion planting that will save you from problems down the road. Think of the big help it’ll be to grow a tall plant that requires a lot of sun next to a shorter plant that needs shade. They’ll help each other out so you don’t have to grow vegetables in different parts of your yard. Companion planting can also prevent pests, which means you’ll have one less thing to think about later on.

  1. Build a Raised Bed

Growing your garden in a raised bed is a great option for gardeners in both homes and apartments who don’t have much time or energy to give to a large, in-ground garden. If you build a raised garden bed, you’ll have less space to weed and monitor. The soil will be warmer than that in the ground, so you can get to planting faster. Plus, you can move the bed around to adjust to your plants’ needs.

  1. Make a Potted Garden

Potted gardens are always a good option for gardens that don’t require as much work. You can pour soil in that already has fertilizer in it and you can bring them indoors for a longer growth cycle than the outdoor weather might allow. If you choose decorative pots, your patio will look gorgeously overgrown with your garden. There are plenty of vegetables that anyone can grow on a patio, so don’t think your options are limited because you won’t have a large space in your yard.

Gardening is a fun summer hobby that can result in something gorgeous to look at every day and delicious food you can eat when your plants are done growing. But gardening can also take a lot of time and energy, depending on how you design it and what you plant. If you want to grow your own vegetables without making your garden a full-time job, there are easy ways to do that with things like raised beds and large pots. See which option is right for you and your space and then give it a try!

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

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