Beginner Tips for Growing Vegetables
Growing vegetables can be tough for first-timers. Here are 7 tips to get started!
Taking your green thumb for a spin this gardening season? It can be difficult for first-timers in Wisconsin to get their vegetables to grow, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.
Keep your plants alive and well with these seven tips for beginners on growing vegetables.
1. Space yourself
Figure out and measure how much space you have to grow your veggies. Tomato plants, for example, need to be planted three feet apart. So whether you have a large yard to really dig into or you're scaling down to an apartment patio garden, it's important to account for how much space you have.
2. Pick your vegetables
No one vegetable is easier to grow than the other, but some common favorites for beginners are tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, snap peas, cucumbers, and even lettuce. "What people really need to decide on when growing vegetables is whether they want to start with a seed or a potted plant," said Patti Sindberg, an employee at the Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center. Starting straight away with a plant is generally easier than starting with seeds.
3. When to start
Weather permitting, planting after Memorial Day is generally a safe time to begin planting. It's almost the beginning of summer, so there's a lesser chance of having to deal with frost or a cold front.
"If you're planting seeds, they need to stay indoors for six weeks before being outside," Sindberg said.
4. Prep your soil
If your garden is larger and in your back yard, it's recommended to mix some potting soil with the dirt you will be using to promote growth to the plants."Once the plant is dead take some of the leaves and kneading it in with the soil so that it can break down and add even more nutrients to your soil for the following year," said Sindberg." This is a great technique for those who are wanting to grow vegetables year after year.
Caring for your vegetable plants on a daily basis is most crucial if you want your plants to thrive.
Plants need to be in full direct sunlight in order for them to produce. Watering should be done daily and early in the morning. They should always receive their water at the root, not the leaves. Watering a plant's leaves can cause fungus that will sit overnight and rot your entire plant.
6. Gardening in cold weather
Although gardening vegetables during spring in Wisconsin can be difficult, especially when it snows in April, and there can be cooler-than-normal days in summer. This means that gardeners must protect the plants when it snows in April or later. There are a few vegetables that are able to grow in the cold, including radishes, lettuce, and carrots. But if you're planning on growing things like peppers and tomatoes, the best way to protect your plants if there's a cold front is to cover them.
7. Ask a pro
If you're having a hard time getting your vegetable garden started or keeping it afloat, don't be afraid to ask for help.
Here are some places to ask for advice or get supplies:
Be Green Pro, 1300 Capitol Dr, Oconomowoc- (262) 361-4034
Garden Gate Nursery & Landscaping, N48 W30756 Hill St, Hartland
Fruit of the Bloom Garden Center, 12121 W North Ave, Wauwatosa
Stein's Garden & Home, 3725 S 108th St, Greenfield
Johnson's Garden's, 8504 WI-60 Trunk, Cedarburg
Call us today at 262-361-4034 with questions on gardening, or for more details on our products & services, our current special offers, and to talk to someone about partnering with Be Green Pro to keep your garden & yard looking it's best!
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