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Simple Vegetable Garden Tips for Every Size Garden

Simple Vegetable Garden Tips For Every Size Garden Container Garden | Best Suited for Container Gardens • Green Beans/• Runner Beans • Tomatoes • • Potatoes • • Cucumbers • • Lettuce • • Sweet Corn• • Turnips• • Carrots• • Peppers/Chilis • • Eggplant • • Blueberries . • Green Onions• • Strawberries• • Parsley • • Zucchini • • Basil • • Radish • • Cabbage • • Squash • Not Suited for Container Gardens • Asparagus • • Pumpkins • • Rhubarb . • Pomegranates • • Fast Growing• Trees Choosing a Container In general, plants aren't affected by container choice. Should be large enough to hold the plant and have drainage holes Containers to avoid: Terra-cotta Dark color Treated wood May contain chemical compounds that could be absorbed by plants Porous nature of pots Absorbs heat, making the soil too warm for some plants means more attention to watering Soil Look for a soil mix designed for outdoor container gardens. Make your own by mixing equal parts: Potting soil Vermiculite, perlite, or clean sand Peat moss Determine how much potting mix you'll need: Fill the containers to within 1-2 inches of the rim. gallons gallons pints 20" pot 12" pot 6" pot Planting Plant at the same time you would in the garden. Water the container before planting After planting Soak potting mix completely. Let sit for a few hours to drain excess water. Water to settle seeds or transplants. Keep soil from drying using mulch with straw, compost, or leaf mold. Care Tips Place containers in full sun for at least 6 hours a day. If in a cold climate, place plants near a south-facing wall. If in a warm climate, plants may overheat if placed on cement. Raised Beds Plant Selection If plant has deep roots, build bed up higher. Shallow Rooting 12 - 18" • Arugula • • Broccoli • • Brussels Sprouts• • Cabbage • • Cauliflower • • Celery • • Chinese Cabbage • • Corn• • Endive . • Garlic• • Kohlrabi, Bok Choy• • Onions, Leeks,. Chives • Lettuce • • Potatoes • • Radishes • • Spinach • • Strawberries • Medium Rooting 18 - 24 • Dry Beans . • Pole Beans. • Snap Peas . • Beets • • Canteloupe • • Carrots• • Chard • • Cucumber • • Eggplant • • Kale • • Peas • • Peppers • • Rutabagas • • Summer Squash • Turnips • Deep Rooting 24 - 36"+ • Artichokes • • Asparagus • • Lima Beans • • Okra. • Parsnips• • Rhubarb • • Winter Squash• • Sweet potatoes • • Tomatoes . • Watermelon • HH Building a Raised Bed Use wood, brick, rocks, or cement blocks to frame the beds. Look for naturally rot-resistant wood like cedar, cypress, or locust. Avoid chemically-treated wood. Have long side of the bed face south for equal light exposure. Build narrow beds-about 4 feet wide-to easily reach either side, about 4 feet. If garden has burrowing pests A layer of 1/4- or 1/2-inch hardware cloth (galvanized mesh) can be laid across the bottom, before soil is added. Mesh should continue at least 3 inches along the insides of the bed and be stapled in place. Add mesh lower if growing root crops. Soil Spread the soil evenly across the bed. Water bed with an even, fine spray to settle the soil. Add more soil. Add lots of organic matter like well-rotted manure, compost, and shredded leaves Mound soil as the organic content increases. For difficult soil, mix trucked-in topsoil, organic matter, and mineral amendments. Rake the bed once more to even out the soil, then plant Planting Plants may be spaced close together as fertilizer and manurare more concentrated in the small space. Water immediately after planting. Set stakes or poles and trellises for tall crops in early spring. May require an irrigation system. Plant Spacing 1plant per square foot 9 plants per square foot ARAAA 4 plants per square foot 16 plants per square foot • Broccoli • • Swiss Chard . • Bush Beans . • Carrots• • Peppers • • Onions• • Parsley • • Spinach. • Cauliflower• • Radish • • Potato. • Summer Squash• • Cilantro• • Small Beets • To extend the growing season, place hoops with draped plastic over beds. When harvesting, add compost into the empty space, mix, and replant based on the season. | Garden Plots Plant Selection Consider companion planting. Some plants hinder nearby plants by hogging resources. Pairing plants with an adequate companion can increase garden yields. Guide to companion planting: Asparagus Beans Cabbage Carrots / Companions: / Companions: / Companions: Companions: Tomato, Parsley, Basil Most Herbs & Vegetables Aromatic Herbs, Celery, Beets, Onion Family, Chamomile, Spinach, Chard Peas, Lettuce, Onion, Sage, Tomato x Incompatible: x Incompatible: x Incompatible: x Incompatible: Strawberries, Tomato, Dill N/A Onion Dill Celery Cисиmber Lettuce Onion v Companions: v Companions: / Companions /Companions: Nasturtium, Onion, Cabbage, Tomato Carrots, Radish, Strawberry, Cucumber Beans, Peas, Sunflower, Radish Beets, Carrot, Lettuce, Cabbage x Incompatible: x Incompatible: x Incompatible: X Incompatible: Aromatic Herbs, Potato N/A N/A Beans, Peas Parsley Peas Potato Radish v Companions: / Companions: / Companions /Companions: Carrots, Radish, Turnip, Cucumber, Beans Beans, Cabbage, Horseradish, Marigolds Tomato, Asparagus Peas, Nasturtium, Lettuce, Cucumber X Incompatible: x Incompatible: x Incompatible: x Incompatible: Sunflower, Cucumber, Tomato N/A Onion, Potato Hyssop Spinach Tomato Turnip Companions: Companions: Companions: Onion, Marigold, Asparagus, Carrots, Parsley, Cucumber, Basil Strawberry, Fava Bean Peas xIncompatible: x Incompatible: x Incompatible: Cabbage, Fennel, Potato N/A Potato Building a Garden Plot When selecting a location for your plot look for: An area that gets 5 - to 6+ hours of direct sunlight daily. A flat spot of land. Mark corners of plot with a stick, rock, or stalce. Dig as deep as your shovel will allow. Till the plot multiple times to break up chunks of dirt. 6" Remove unbreakable chunks or rocks with rake Till repeatedly until soil is fine in texture. Before planting, you should be able to dig down 6 inches with your hands Soil Sandy loam is the most desirable soil type. Test for sandy loam by squeezing a handful of soil into a ball; soil should crumble. If soil is sandy or clay based, use compost. Planting Good soil, sunshine, and drainage are key for a successful garden. A 10x10 feet plot can yield a variety of vegetables. Here's a sample layout: Whether you have ample space for a garden plot or just a sunny window for a container garden, homegrown produce can add a fresh, delicious element to your meals. Get growing and try one of these gardens this spring. • • • • • • • • • • • Malalalalalas

Simple Vegetable Garden Tips for Every Size Garden

shared by Ghergich on Apr 06
Spring is here, and around the nation, people are braking out the trowels and gardening gloves to break some ground for their garden. Whether your space is large, small, or even a container on a patio...







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