Jordan Musgrove April 14, 2020 Garden
The more fertile and friable the soil, the better your vegetables will grow. The same holds true for other plants. Invariably, residential soil needs a boost, especially in new construction where the topsoil may have been stripped away. Your soil may be excessively wet, poor and infertile, or too acidic or alkaline. The solution is often simple: Add organic matter. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure to the soil when you dig or till a new bed (see Step 5). If you decide not to dig or are working with an established bed, leave the organic matter on the surface where it will eventually rot into humus. Earthworms will do most of the work of mixing humus in with the subsoil.
Some plants are shade plants, others need sun, and yet even more plants are partial shade or sun! Don’t overlook that part of your plant’s description! Hometalk member The Micro Gardener has a universal solution: Place your container garden on wheels or a trolley, so you can move it around in the event your selected spot doesn’t get as much sunlight as you originally thought.
Now that you know the basics, you will feel confident growing vegetables. The plants develop quickly, and they respond generously to consistently good care. Only two or three months after planting, you’ll be picking as much delicious produce as you can eat—with enough extra to share with friends, family, and neighbors (especially zucchini!). No other form of gardening offers such bountiful rewards.
Some edibles tolerate partial shade, which ranges from four to six hours, but the plants often grow smaller, render smaller produce, and are less productive. When planting in shady areas, you may need to increase the number of plants you grow to get the desired yield. However, that may be a worthwhile tradeoff because fewer weeds grow in shade.
Many people randomly pick a spot, start planting, and wait for food to grow. Plants have preferences though, and gardeners shouldn’t ignore them.
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