Learn How to Plant a Vegetable Garden
- Select a sunny spot that gets at least six to eight hours of sun each day.
- Soil is the foundation for a great garden. It should be rich and loamy, with good drainage.
- Amend as necessary: add pine bark to clay soil to improve drainage; and peat to sandy soil to improve water retention.
- The experts at English Gardens can help – just bring in a sample.
- Grow vegetables you enjoy eating and cooking with, or try a few new varieties and experiment.
- Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable for home gardeners. Remember to plant them deep and provide plenty of room to grow.
Water & Fertilizer
- Water needs vary for vegetable plants, but most require at least one inch of water every week, either from rain or supplemental watering. A rain gauge is a great tool to measure water amounts.
- Fertilize at the time of planting with a slow-release fertilizer, such as Osmocote,, and then regularly every 10 days to two weeks with a water soluble formula, such as English Gardens Bloom Booster.
- Keep the vegetable garden free of weeds, which compete with plants for water and nutrients.
- A layer of mulch two to four inches between the rows can help prevent weeds and conserve moisture.