Here’s how far apart to plant vegetables in your garden.
Here’s how to handle store-bought vegetable transplants when you’ve just brought them home
Vegetable gardening in the shade isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do but there are tricks that will allow you to grow some veggies. Not all vegetables to be sure but enough to keep you in some fresh food from your own garden.
How many vegetables can I get from my garden? This chart lists the expected harvest per 100 foot of row and I’ve given you the five questions to ask that will determine how many plants you need for your own family.
How to feed the three kinds of vegetables in your garden. Understanding there are only three kinds of vegetables (and not hundreds) makes things a lot easier when it comes to sorting out how to feed them for maximum production.
Here’s an easy system of crop rotation (video) to explain and give you a workable system.
How to warm up the garden soil and why it may not do much for some crops unless you add one other thing to the garden
Understand these two intensive vegetable gardening concepts before you try to increase your harvests. It will make a difference to your approach
Why use a raised bed vegetable gardening system – here are the advantages and disadvantages for this kind of gardening
How to stop frost from wrecking your garden. Practical tips that worked in my nursery.
Six Thoughts On No-Dig Vegetable Gardens is a must read if you hate digging
If you’re just starting out, here are the five easy vegetables I suggest you start with.
Get Your Plant Spacing Right
Too many gardeners crowd their plants. The gardens, plants, and gardeners suffer as a result.
For example, tomatoes are best grown on 4-foot spacing. That means 4 feet between plants and 4 feet between rows. But gardeners insist on bringing that spacing down so the vines twine together and the plants compete for food and water. And we’re not even considering how diseases are worse when plants are crowded (no air ventilation drying the leaves out).
Get the correct spacing and everything else follows from that. I have all the spacing info in my ebook on Vegetable Gardening in the North available here on Amazon.
Do your research on this and plant vegetables at the right distances apart.
Hint: it’s often on the back of seed packages or on labels.
Yeah, every garden article you’ve ever read gives you this bit of advice but if you read the point above about mulch you’re on the right track.
A four-inch deep layer of organic mulch will cut your weeding by 90% (give or take a few percentage points)
Using mulch is a no-brainer in my world – and now you know why every one of my gardens has a deep layer of mulch.
Planting at the correct distances as in the picture below will also help control weeds because there’s no light getting to the soil (and it’s cooler in the shade) so weed seeds are not encouraged to germinate.