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Here are some easy tips, plans and ideas for starting a beginner vegetable garden at home.
We offer basic vegetable garden planning and a planting guide to help you get started.
Is it time to plant your first vegetable garden ever? Don't get overwhelmed; keep it simple and you will be successful.
It is usually best to start with a small vegetable garden for your first gardening venture.
A few vegetable garden basics are all you need when beginning vegetable gardening.
You will save money too, if you don't go overboard buying more than you need to get started!
First vegetable garden growers may want to start small.
A "square foot" garden is a great and simple way to get started.
Simply build a 4 x 4 foot frame using 2 by 6 lumber.
Use string or narrow strips of wood to divide the box into 16 sections.
Fill container with enriched potting soil.
Plant each square with a favorite vegetable!
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Good care consists primarily of keeping the soil moist.
When your first vegetable garden bed begins to dry, plants should be watered thoroughly.
Make sure your pots have good drainage.
Feed regularly with fertilizer.
Vegetable gardens grow best in the open away from trees and scrubs.
Vegetables need plenty of sunlight.
Tomatoes set few fruit, lettuce plants bolt to seed, and beets wither because of the heat, not the light.
If you notice standing water or a sour smell after a rain, your garden soil may have a drainage problem.
A good solution is to grow plants above the water level. (A "square foot" garden solves this problem, as it is built above ground!)
Shallow rooted vegetables can be set in raised beds mounded six inches or more above normal ground levels.
On wide mounds, two or more rows of vegetables such as beets, turnips, carrots, and lettuce can be planted close together.
Main ingredients: peat moss, vermiculite, dolomite lime to adjust pH.
Add fertilizer to the mixture or apply after the seedlings sprout.
2 quarts sphagnum peat moss
2 quarts horticulture vermiculite
½-tablespoon dolomite lime
Begin fertilizing plants immediately after germination.
Formula makes enough mix to fill three six-inch pots.
First time gardeners are often in a honeymoon phase of sorts: Everything is progressing smoothly with minimal effort, then wham, the insects invade as if a "Free Lunch" sign is planted in the garden!
Scarecrows are not much of a deterrent to a pest infestation.
Pesky vegetable garden pests to watch for include aphids, beetles, caterpillars, stinkbugs, and weevils.
Nematodes can lay the groundwork to destroy roots of future vegetable garden plantings.
Certain plants may help prevent these major pests from invading.
Solid beds of French marigolds, hairy indigo, and some varieties of Southern peas are effective as trap crops.
The main ingredient it takes to grow a first vegetable garden is enthusiasm!
Keep it simple.
Remember the basics; sunshine, water, and fertile soil.
The way to real gardening success is to learn from your practical experience of trial and error.
The best part is you get to eat your experiments!
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