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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

How to Plant a Vegetable Garden
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How to Plant a Vegetable Garden

  1. Choose the right location. Choose a location for the garden that has plenty of sun, ample space and close proximity to your hose or water source. ...
  2. Select your veggies. ...
  3. Prepare the soil. ...
  4. Check planting dates. ...
  5. Plant the seeds. ...
  6. Add water. ...
  7. Keep the weeds out. ...
  8. Give your plants room to grow.

  1. How do you plant a vegetable garden for beginners?
  2. How do you prepare soil for a vegetable garden?
  3. What vegetables should be planted together?
  4. When should you start planting garden?
  5. How do you start a garden for beginners?
  6. What should I add to my soil before planting vegetables?
  7. How do you prepare soil before planting?
  8. What is the best fertilizer for a vegetable garden?
  9. What vegetables should not be planted together?
  10. What should not be planted with tomatoes?
  11. Can tomatoes and peppers be planted together?

How do you plant a vegetable garden for beginners?

6 Essential Steps for Starting Your First Vegetable Garden Off Right

  1. Start with a Small Space. If you're a beginner gardener, start small. ...
  2. Grow What You Love to Eat. What do you like to eat? ...
  3. Choose the Spot for Your Garden. ...
  4. Plan Your Vegetable Garden Layout. ...
  5. Start Plants in Rich Soil. ...
  6. Be Ready for Pests and Diseases.

How do you prepare soil for a vegetable garden?

Adding organic matter in the form of compost and aged manure, or using mulch or growing cover crops (green manures), is the best way to prepare soil for planting. Adding chemical fertilizers will replenish only certain nutrients and do nothing for maintaining good, friable soil.

What vegetables should be planted together?

Companion Planting Chart

Type of VegetableFriends
CabbageBeets, celery, chard, lettuce, spinach, onions
CarrotsBeans, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, tomatoes
CornClimbing beans, cucumber, marjoram, peas, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, zucchini
OnionsCabbage, carrots, chard, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes

When should you start planting garden?

If you're new to gardening, you may think the growing season doesn't begin until April or May. But that's not true — you can start planting seeds much earlier. In fact, you should! If you start the right crops now, you'll likely be harvesting your own fresh veggies by April or May.

How do you start a garden for beginners?

10 Top Gardening Tips for Beginners

  1. Site it right. Starting a garden is just like real estate it's all about location. ...
  2. Follow the sun. Misjudging sunlight is a common pitfall when you're first learning to garden. ...
  3. Stay close to water. ...
  4. Start with great soil. ...
  5. Consider containers. ...
  6. Choose the right plants. ...
  7. Discover your zone. ...
  8. Learn your frost dates.

What should I add to my soil before planting vegetables?

Unlike sandy soil, clay soil holds moisture well—sometimes too well. Fine soil particles stick together, allowing little room for drainage or for air to reach plant roots. The solution is to break up the soil and add lots of organic matter such as compost, shredded leaves, peat moss and gypsum over time.

How do you prepare soil before planting?

Be sure all plant material is turned under the soil. If organic material is added before planting a fall garden, it should be well-rotted, such as compost. Before planting, rake the soil clean and level it. Remove all sticks, rocks and other material.

What is the best fertilizer for a vegetable garden?

Fertilizer Selection

Most gardeners should use a complete fertilizer with twice as much phosphorus as nitrogen or potassium. An example would be 10-20-10 or 12-24-12. These fertilizers usually are easy to find. Some soils contain enough potassium for good plant growth and don't need more.

What vegetables should not be planted together?

What Plants Should Not Be Planted Together?

What should not be planted with tomatoes?

Plants that should not share space with tomatoes include the Brassicas, such as broccoli and cabbage. Corn is another no-no, and tends to attract tomato fruit worm and/or corn ear worm. Kohlrabi thwarts the growth of tomatoes and planting tomatoes and potatoes increases the chance of potato blight disease.

Can tomatoes and peppers be planted together?

Tomatoes

Although it's usually recommended to not plant tomatoes and peppers right after each other in the same bed every year, they can be grown together in the same garden bed (and then rotated to another bed next season).

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