How to grow vegetables

When To Plant

Vegetables can be divided into two groups, cool weather crops and warm weather crops. Cool weather crops can be planted in April. Warm weather crops should be planted after the risk of frost has passed. In the case of frost after planting, they should be protected by covering with newspaper. Unfortunately, we are unable to predict when the risk of frost has passed. Customers must decide for themselves when it is safe to plant.

Cool weather crops include broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, onions and parsley. Warm weather crops include cucumber, eggplant, muskmelon, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon and zucchini.

Garden Planning

Find an area that will receive at least five or six hours of direct sunlight. All vegetables require sun. To decide which vegetables to include in your garden, take into consideration the amount of space you have available (some vegetables require more ‘growing room’ than others), your own requirements for canning, freezing or table use, local frost dates and climate conditions. For a longer harvest period, plant vegetables at staggered time intervals.

Pre-Planting

If you buy vegetable plants but cannot plant them the same day, water the packs thoroughly and put them in the shade to prevent excessive wilting. Prepare vegetable beds by spading deeply. Build up soil with the addition of peat moss, composted manure or top soil.

How to Plant

Evenings or cloudy days are the best times to plant. Refer to the information tag that accompanies the vegetables to determine the spacing requirements for your plants. Soak the plants before removing them from their containers. Keep as much soil around the roots as possible and plant the root ball below the soil line. We recommend the use of Miracle Gro Fertilizer when you do your transplanting.

Watering

Water plants thoroughly when first planted. Thereafter, water whenever the soil is dry. Water early in the day with a soaking technique at ground level. Don’t rely on rainfall to keep plants adequately watered.

After Planting Care

To keep your garden a healthy place for growing vegetables, get rid of weeds as soon as they appear. Fertilize every two weeks. We recommend the use of Miracle Gro Fertilizer.