Planting a garden involves more than putting seeds in the ground. Preparing the seedbed, selecting seeds, and deciding when to plant comes first. Will you sow seeds—and then thin them—or will you try transplants? This decision, among others, is up to the individual gardener.
Learn valuable tips about preparing a garden for planting, including:
How should I prepare the seedbed?
Before planting any vegetables, prepare the soil. This includes cultivating properly, adding organic matter, and maintaining soil fertility.
How should I select seeds?
Buy seeds early in the year so you will be sure to find the varieties or cultivars you want. Select them based on intended use, time of maturity, and disease tolerance.
When should I plant my garden?
A vegetable garden cannot be planted in one day. Some vegetables grow best in cool temperatures, while others require warm soil and air.
Should I use vertical space?
Many vegetables, including peas, pole beans, cucumbers, squash, gourds, and melons will naturally climb a support and grow up rather than out, leaving more ground space for other crops.
Is there a proper seed sowing method?
Whether in the garden or in flats, sow seed generously to allow for seeds that fail to sprout and for seedlings that die.
Should I use transplants?
Many crops, such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and cabbage, need to be started early indoors or in cold frames and later transplanted into the garden.
With a detailed preparing a garden for planting vegetable seed guide, you are ready to tackle your springtime garden project. Join the gardening community today – all aboard to vegetable fields.