If you are new to vegetable garden planting, you will need help preparing your soil and choosing the right plants. These tips will help you with the process of growing health vegetables for your family.
When the last frost passes, it is time to begin vegetable garden planting for the season. The correct time varies from locale to locale. Your local garden center can help you determine the best planting time.
Prepare your soil by digging all weeds away and disposing of them. Do not place them in your compost pile or the seeds may grow when you use the compost. Remove any debris such as rocks, branches and other impediments to growth.
Prepare rows for your crops, planning the spacing based on the vegetables you wish to grow. Some plants can be planted close together while others require more space. After aerating the soil, amend with compost or cured manure to a depth of about on foot or more.
Choose seeds and seedlings that are genetically disease resistant. There are many varieties of plants which fit this criteria, so you’ll find any vegetable you with to plant available. This helps ensure healthy harvest.
Plant the seeds and seedling according to the spacing directions on the package or pot. Ensure each plant is firmly pressed into the soil if you are planting vegetables from seedlings.
Soak the newly planted seeds or seedlings well. Be sure the soil is moist to a depth of one or two inches. Then water as needed to ensure the plants do not wilt. If rain provides enough moisture, skip watering but if there is little rain, you’ll need to provide extra moisture.
Weed your vegetable plot regularly. Placing a thick carpet of mulch around the plants will help prevent weed invasions and converse moisture. If the plants are tall and begin to bend, stake or cage the plants. This primarily applies to tomatoes and beans, but some other plants may benefit from staking or caging.
As vegetable blooms appear and mature, you will begin to see small vegetables appear. Be sure there are no pests and if they do appear, use organic solutions such as soap sprays to deter them from damaging your crops.
As the vegetables mature, you can begin harvesting and using your harvest in recipes. Some vegetables are best eaten raw while you will enjoy cooking others or using them in recipes which include meat or cheese.