If you like to cook, nothing beats going to your own garden for the freshest of vegetables.
Loosen your soil before you plant a garden with vegetables. You can either use a tiller or dig by hand. Once the soil has been loosened, mix in your compost or nutrient rich soil. Avoid stepping on freshly tilled soil as much as possible. It is best to keep the soil moist until the seeds start growing.
- Plant in a sunny location. Vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
- Plant in good soil. Plants’ roots penetrate soft soil easily, so you need nice loamy soil.
- Space your crops properly.
- Buy high-quality seeds.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, peas, beans, corn and squash benefit from being grown in areas with full sun. Carrots, radishes, beets and other root vegetables require at least half a day of sun to thrive. Leafy greens such as spinach, chard, kale and the many varieties of lettuce tolerate the most shade in the garden.