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Gardening tips?

post #1 of 7
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Ok does anyone grow vegitables?
I need to know how to get started. Robert decided to buy seeds and want a garden. I already got a spot cleared and going to get some black plastic to cover it to smother any weeds/ grass. I have the stuff to richen the soil.

When should I plant them?

I have watermelons, cucumbers, peas, tomatos, bell peppers, lettuce, mustard greens, carrots,cantalope, and pumpkins.
Any advice on this will help me greatly.

post #2 of 7
The only tip I have is, you should have it far apart. For what you're growing, try about a foot or two.
post #3 of 7
Usually the seed packets say when to grow them and how deep, etc. Yours don't? I know tomatoes are a hot weather plant, so you should plant them pretty soon. It depends on the kind of lettuce, I know some "bolt" if it is too hot when they are growing and become pretty inedible.

If you are a new gardner you may find it easier to go to a nursery and buy young plants. I've yet to be able to grow seedlings (I'm pretty new to gardening, and also am impatient with a bad habit of over watering).

Getting a good gardening book on vegetables is probably the most helpful. Sorry I can't be more helpful myself.
post #4 of 7
I know that with most vegetables, it is better to grow them up to a small plant in a pete pot - then you can plant them out when they are a little more established. (mainly for the lettuce and tomato) A good tip for the cucumbers is to grow thm up some canes, as this will prevent the veg from lying on the floor and going mouldy - they need TONNES of water during hot weather too!

i would also recommend that you establish the pea plants too, before you plant them out by the canes. I am not sure what aphids and bugs you get there, but it might be an idea to cover the plants with a tight net - this will keep away hungry birds too!

For the soil, I would recommend that you dig the soil and turn it, as opposed to smothering it. Then the weeds and grass will add neutriets themselves - you will need to dig it sometimes again too - throughout season. Chicken poop (or Cluck as we call it here) will also help to make the soil better. You can use horse poop too - which you can usually get free from a local stables!

As for spacing, I would say that you have to leave a foot or so gap between the lines of veg - gives space for harvesting and weeding!

I have just remembered, with the lettuce, plant them in batches - grow up say 6 plants (in the pete pots) one week and another 6 the next and so on - this way, each batch will be ready at a different time, prolonging your produce and preventing having a lot of gone off veg!

I'll see if I can think of anything else - hope this helps you!
post #5 of 7
IF you can you can look up on the internet how to plant.
Sarah is right you need to get some pot plants and use them first.
You need a fairly big area and need to dig and dig to get the soil all nice and evened out and with out weeds.

If you have a coffee machine, the left over powder after you use the coffee is really good on tomatoes, it gives it a good flavour when they have been matured.

You also need to buy plant food, and some other products.

Its also advisable to Make a fence and cover it so the animals dont go and ruin it.

I think Flisssweetpea will help you out! SHE HAS A LOVELY GARDEN!
post #6 of 7
The vegetables that I have the most success with are tomatoes. I bought heavy wire tomato towers that were expensive but worth the money. Every year I plant tomato plants; beefsteak or the larger slicing tomatoes that hubby really likes, Roma or Italian tomatoes that I like and they're great for homemade soup and other dishes, and a few regular tomatoes like Early Girl, Better Boy, or whatever plants the garden centers or stores have.

Peppers are more of a challenge because the deer love eating the plants and we have a problem with rabbits, too. The deer also browse on tomato plants, so I set up the tomato towers to try and block the deer from browsing on the plants.

Rabbits and deer eat our beans. I used to be able to grow squash and pumpkins, but we have problems with groundhogs. Groundhogs also love cucumber plants. My sons love homegrown cukes, so i try to at least plant them every year.

I suppose if I was a very dedicated gardener, I'd put up a big garden fence, but I just haven't bothered. It's just a lot of time and work.
post #7 of 7
Good luck with the veges. I've had a few vege gardens in my life and they are so enjoyable!
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