Starting a Successful Vegetable Garden. Subtitle Jon Traunfeld- [email protected] Why do people grow vegetables?. Flavor, freshness, pesticide-free Save money; learn new skills Health benefits exercise, nutrition, phytochemicals Connection to nature and family traditions
exercise, nutrition, phytochemicals
Good, deep soil; add organic matter.
Give your plants the nutrients, water, and sunlight they need.
Prevent weeds from growing.
Make a plan; give it a little time each day
Observe and take notes
row of bush beans
1 squash plant
3 tomato plants
3 pepper plants
Swiss chard and kale
2 cuke plants
Kill sod and control weeds-
Slicing off sod
and some disadvantages…
above grade; can be bordered
with wood, stone, brickRaised bed basics
“Instant” raised bed filled with a purchased soil/compost mix
Correct spacing for big onions
Okra plants are too tight
purslane is edible!
Examples: grass clippings, newspaper covered with straw, shredded leaves, compost
8 cu. ft. of growing media
Whiskey barrel- 1-2 plant capacity
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