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How To Plant Common Vegetables, Herbs, & Fruits From A to Z

Are you ready to put fresh fruits, crisp vegetables and tasty herbs on your table? There are many health benefits of eating garden fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. If this is your first time gardening, don’t worry, with these simple easy to follow tips you will have vegetables, fruits and/or herbs growing from your garden in no time.
 
Does Size Matter?

Your garden should be a size that you can easily handle. If you are just getting started, then you should think small, perhaps starting your garden in a container such as a planter box or a large flowerpot. Growing a small vegetable garden inside of a planter box or a flowerpot is also great when you have a limited amount of gardening space, like when you live in the city or an apartment.

No matter the size you decide, just don’t bite off more than you can chew or hoe. You never want to start so large that tending to your garden causes you to grow overly tired, otherwise it won’t be fun and you may decide to quit before your harvest. It is ok to start with a small 8’ x 10’ garden. You can always expand later when you are ready.

Location, Location, Location...
Select a location that receives a good amount of sun throughout the day is protected from strong winds. Direct winds can dry out your soil and vegetables. Also make sure the area has good drainage.

It is ideal to test your soil for proper pH levels and major nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and potash. The best soil for gardening is sandy loam. You can determine sandy loam soil by using the squeeze test. Take a handful of dirt, squeeze it into a ball and then watch for it to crumble as you let it go. If it crumbles then you have sandy loam soil.

If your soil is more of a clay or sandy soil then you will need to bring in some topsoil or improve your soil with compost. To get your soil into shape the best kind of compost to use will have well rotted livestock manure. Make sure to apply your compost often i.e. once during spring and once during fall. It will take a few seasons to improve a poor soil type with compost.

After you have determined the size and location of your garden it is time to work up/till the soil.

Let’s Get Digging!
Gardening requires a few proper tools. Remember that better quality tools last longer and will make gardening more enjoyable.

Here are a few recommended tools:

  • a rake to do seasonal cleanups and spreading/leveling soil
  • a trowel to transplant and help with weeding
  • a shovel to dig, scoop, and spread compost, as well as for planting
  • a hoe to chop weeds and till soil
  • garden gloves to protect your hands from blisters and dirt
  • a garden hose that resists kinking, is flexible and coils easily

Neither a shovel nor a hoe is needed if your garden is in a container such as a planter box or flowerpot. A garden hose is optional for container gardens; a watering can or jug will do just fine.

I Am Ready To Plant, But What About Seeds?
There are many types of vegetables seeds on the market. However the best seeds are 100% heirloom, open-pollinated, GMO free seeds. These are seeds that have been saved from previous generations for several years. They have not been genetically modified so you can continue to collect seeds from future harvests for years to come.

A simple and easy way to get a large variety of seeds is to purchase our complete garden package which includes 100 packs of 100% heirloom, open-pollinated, GMO free vegetable seeds, with a few popular fruits and herbs. Each type of seed is pre-selected and packaged individually in their on Mylar bag to ensure freshness. To learn more about our premium vegetable seeds click here.

Easy Peasy Crops To Grow
Our premium vegetable garden seed packs include easy growing tasty vegetable varieties such as onions, peas, beets, rutabaga and zucchini squash, tomatoes and peppers.

Getting rid of uninvited guests
Unfortunately gardens attract uninvited guests and pests. To keep your garden bug free, look for them on your plants often. Proper spacing, weeding and fertilizing helps prevents infestation and disease. If you do find insects invading your garden apply an organic and environmentally friendly bug killer as necessary.

For bigger critters (and children), such as rabbits, geese and deer you might want to try placing a wire mesh around your garden. This will discourage most critters.

What do I feed my garden?
Make sure to provide your plants with complete nutrition. You can use a granular or water soluble fertilizer to feed your hungry garden.  A few days before you plant apply granular fertilizers, working it into the top six inches of topsoil. After sprouting you use a water soluble fertilizer such as that sold by the Miracle Grow or Shultz companies.

It’s Harvest Time, Let’s Eat!
Soon, it will be time to harvest the delicious vegetables and fruits from your garden. Harvest your veggies when ripe and don’t over cook them. This way you will get the full healthy benefits of your veggies. Most importantly, enjoy the experience of eating fresh fruits and crisp vegetables you grew yourself!

Last But Not Least, Don’t Forget To Tend To The Gardener!
Gardening is a physical outdoor activity so make sure to take the usual precautions, wear a hat and gloves, use sunscreen, and watch for stinging insects. Always try to use organic or all natural safe gardening products. Unfortunately many common gardening products are not so make sure to read labels, after all you and your loved ones will be eating the fruits of your labor.

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