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Tips For How to Garden Vegetables

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If you are new to  vegetable   gardening , there are certain things you must know before you start out.  Vegetable   gardening  is not rocket science, and once you have got the basics right it is extremely simple to do. So what are some of the best tips for  how   to   garden   vegetables ?

The first decision that you must make is  how  large your  garden  should be. For  a  family of four,  a  standard sized 20X20 foot plot should suffice. Starting off big is actually not  a  very good idea, since you are likely to become overwhelmed.

Next you need to decide which crops you want  to   grow  in your  garden . In the initial stages, you may want to try some of the more easy  to   grow   vegetables  such as beets, lettuces, carrots, and radishes. However, one key to successful  gardening  is to know your  vegetables  requirements and to do so, proper research is  a  must. Read the best  gardening  information you can find in order to develop  a  good understanding of  how   to   grow  different crops. Some factors you need to consider include whether the crops are best  grown  during the cooler spring and fall months, or warmer summer one, water and light requirements, and  how  much compost or other nutritional additives they may need.

The next step that you must take is select  a  good location for your  vegetable   garden . Your  garden  must receive proper sunlight, preferably at least eight hours  a  day. You also want to make sure it is somewhat sheltered from the wind. Selecting the right spot is crucial to your  gardening  success, so choose wisely. You also need to make sure you have easy access to water as well for your  garden’s  needs.

The next thing that you must do is to prepare your soil for the plantation. If your soil is not prepared well, even the easiest crops will not  grow  well. The best time to prepare your soil is during the fall the year prior  to   planting , but you can also do this early in the spring season as well, as long as the soil is not too wet. First you must clear the selected spot and make it free from weeds and debris. Next you must make the surface smooth. Till the soil with the proper  garden  tool and prepare the soil for the plantation. You can use some compost or manure to add required organic matter to your soil. The organic matter is meant to improve the fertility of the soil.

After you are done with the soil preparation,  plant  the crops you have chosen  to   garden . Some additional tips on  how   to   garden   vegetables  that should help: the tallest crops are always to be  planted  at the furthest point of your  garden , so as not to shade other crops. Rows should be  planted  north to south, and there needs to be spacing of at least two feet between each  garden  row.



Source by Bill Boor

Learning How to Plant a Vegetable Garden Can be Fun

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Learning  how   to   plant   a   vegetable   garden  is not hard, but without careful planning and proper follow through, your  garden  may perform poorly. If done correctly it pays off with big benefits in so many ways. Before you know it you will be picking perfectly ripe, perfectly delicious tomatoes without having to wonder what chemicals went into  growing  them.

The most important part of successful  gardening  is to properly prepare the soil.  A  routine soil test gives information on any lime requirement, phosphorous and potassium needs and estimated nitrogen requirements.  A  good soil mixture contains two parts loam, one parts and, and one part organic matter and many pre-mixed soil mixtures are available at  garden  centers. When manure is added to the soil, it must be composted prior  to   planting , because fresh, hot manure will also burn your  plants .  Vegetables  need  a  lot of nutrition  to   grow  well, so the better you prepare the soil before  planting , the better chances you have of producing  a  bountiful crop. For information on soil testing, call your local county extension educator or the local university soil testing laboratory.

 Planting   a   vegetable   garden  is not hard, but without careful planning and proper follow through, your  garden  may perform poorly. Tilling the soil in late fall facilitates earlier spring  planting . Cool versus warm  planting  periods are determined by your choice of cool-season  vegetables  and warm-season  vegetables .

Successful  vegetable   gardening  involves far more than just popping  a  few seeds into the ground and waiting for  a  tomato to appear. When sowing your seeds stretch  a  string between the two stakes you set to mark the row, or use  a  straight piece of lumber, and use it as  a  guide to open  a  ‘V’ shaped furrow with the corner of your hoe. Tear the corner of the seed package off and use your finger to tap the package lightly as you move down the row, carefully distributing the seeds evenly. Larger type seeds may be placed individually in the row. You will want  to   plant  extra seeds in each row to allow for failed germination, and for thinning. Cover the seeds with fine soil (no clods or rocks). After the seeds sprout, the weaker seedlings should be pinched off to give the rest enough room  to   grow .

 Vegetables  that are leaves or stems, such as cabbages and onions, can usually be harvested over  a  long period as they are needed.  Vegetables  that are the fruit of the  plant , such as peas, beans and tomatoes, should be picked every two or three days to get them when they are first ripe. Any  vegetable   garden  should receive  a  minimum of six hours of direct sunlight during the day and  grow  best on soil that is well drained.  Vegetable   gardens  do not always have to be laid out in large plots in the backyard; you can  grow  them nearly anywhere as long as all their  growing  conditions are met and your choice of  plants  will be largely determined by the likes and dislikes of your family. If the same  garden  plot is used for  vegetables  for many years, your crops should be rotated, so that each type of  vegetable  is in  a  different position during the following season.

 Planting   a   vegetable   garden  is hard work but for both the beginner and experienced gardener the rewards can be delicious.



Source by Andrew Bicknell

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