Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vegetable Gardening Tips

Vegetable Gardening Tips

Here are some tips for vegetable gerdening. The size of your garden has a great deal to do with what you can plant. Also, the choice to seeds, and time to maturing is a factor.

Careful consideration needs to be given to the special varieties of vegetables to be grown in your garden. Before you buy the seed you will plant, whether it is ordered in your favorite seed catalog, or from the local garden center, think about what you actually want in your garden. If you have been researching then you know how many different kinds of seeds are available. Compare and choose those that are well suited for your area and conditions.

Of course, the size of your plot is a factor, if it is large you can have a selection of various seeds, including sprawling vine crops like cucumbers, and squash. A small garden would not accommodate these choices. Smaller bush crops are being bred however for small spaces. If your space is sparse look for "dwarf" and "compact" labeled seeds and plants.

Try to choose disease "resistant" varieties; a disease will not attack a plant especially bred to be resistant. Disease "tolerant" brand will be attacked by the disease but will most likely survive and produce a crop. There are many disease resistant choices now, call your local county agent for more advice on this subject.

The time it takes to mature is important, especially if the growing season is short, or your are planting in succession. There are those plants that mature quickly and will be in your garden a short period. The vegetables that take longer to mature, can be early, mid, or late season varieties.

Some vegetables are chosen for their ability to preserve well, and are not so sweet and succulent as other categories. Read the description, it will usually say best for preserving, or freezing.

Choose some vegetables with high nutritive value. The powerhouses in this category are carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, artichokes, asparagus, peas, beans, lima beans, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and broccoli.

Talk to neighbors, some veteran gardeners can give very good advice. They have experimented with different varieties and can advise you are many things within their experience.

Some seed is treated for fungicide, which works to keep the seeds from rotting. A brightly colored "chalky" substance on the seed distinguishes the treated seed. Some catalogs offer untreated seeds which organic gardeners prefer. Plant untreated seed when the soil is approximately 65 degrees to germinate well.

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