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Vegetable Gardening Basics

Vegetable Gardening Basics
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Vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight for best growth. Leafy vegetables like spinach and lettuce will grow with less sunlight. Choose a location as far away as possible from trees and shrubs. The roots of nearby trees and shrubs will rob your vegetables of needed nutrients and water.

  1. How do you plan a vegetable garden for beginners?
  2. What vegetables can be planted together?
  3. How do you prepare soil for a vegetable garden?
  4. How do you plant a garden for beginners?
  5. What's the easiest vegetable to grow?
  6. What is the hardest vegetable to grow?
  7. What flowers should not be planted near vegetables?
  8. What should not be planted with tomatoes?
  9. Which vegetables should not be planted together?
  10. What is a good soil mix for vegetable garden?
  11. What should I add to my soil before planting vegetables?
  12. What is the best fertilizer for a vegetable garden?

How do you plan a vegetable garden for beginners?

Start small, and only grow what you know you and your family will eat. If planting in the ground, a 10' x 10' garden (100 square feet) is a managable size. Pick 3 to 5 of your favorite vegetables and buy 3 to 5 plants of each one. If planting in a raised bed, a 4' x 4' or 4' x 8' is a good beginner size.

What vegetables can be planted together?

Easy Reference of Which Vegetables Grow Well Together

VegetableCompanion PlantDon't Plant Together
MelonsCorn, pumpkin, radish, squashNone
OnionsBeets, carrots, Swiss chard, lettuce, peppersAll beans and peas
PeasBeans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, radish, turnipGarlic, onions
PotatoesBeans, corn, peasTomatoes

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.

How do you plant 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's the easiest vegetable to grow?

10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow Yourself

What is the hardest vegetable to grow?

Wasabi: the hardest plant to grow in the world

What flowers should not be planted near vegetables?

What Flowers Should You Not Plant Near Your Vegetables?

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.

Which vegetables should not be planted together?

What Plants Should Not Be Planted Together?

What is a good soil mix for vegetable garden?

For most situations, we recommend these proportions: 60% topsoil. 30% compost. 10% Potting soil (a soilless growing mix that contains peat moss, perlite and/or vermiculite)

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.

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.

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