The best Vegetable plants and seeds
The best plants
Knowing how to choose the right plants
Knowing how to choose the right plants for you garden, is one of the most important things you will learn,on your journey to becoming a good gardener. There are several things to consider when choosing the right plants for your garden, 1. How much garden space do you have. 2. Do you have full sun or a partial sunny area. 3.What plants grow best in your area. 4.How long is your growing season. 5. What plants grow best in the type of soil you have in your garden. 6. Knowing how to choose a strong healthily plant. 7. Know your plants growth height and how much space it will require.
Choosing the very best for your garden
Do you know what planting zone you live in?
Knowing the right planting zone is a must. Most plants will have a small plastic label in the container to let you know what zone it will do best in, and when the best time to plant it will be.All seed packs have the planting zone on the back of the pack. Some plants don't mind the cooler weather of early spring and some do.One example is broccoli it dose well in cooler climates as dose Cauliflower and Cabbage and Brussels sprouts to mention a few of my personal favorites for early planting. I live in the mid west, We have had a unusually warm winter this year, I plan on setting out some of the early plants the last week of march, if my plants in my green house are ready by then. This URL will take you to a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.that will tell you what time to plant what plants as well as seeds, according to the zone you live in. http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Dose your soil have what it takes
One of the best ways to start a good garden is to have a soil test run.There are several places that you can send a soil sample to, and have your soil tested.http://www.drgoodearth.com If your soil is lacking in nutrients or has to much of one or more nutrients, the stress on the plants can affect the over all health of your plant and preventing it from producing to its full potential. A basic soil test will give you the the information you will need to get your vegetable garden off and running start. The test that I'm writing about is the link I added above.
A healthy garden
Important for a good crop yield
They will test your soil PH, the percent of organic matter in your soil, how much phosphorus,potassium,magnesium,and calcium levels,which are the macronutrients factors, these are the very important for a good crop yield. Testing should be done again every 3 to 5 years to make sure you keep a balanced nutrient program. If your garden is more then 2000 sq feet, You will need a second test run to assure you get the best results from your garden.You can also test the soils ph and fertility your self, a lot cheaper with a Electronic Soil Tester, www.burpee.com/gardening-supplies But you wont get the quality reading that a professional soil test will can give you.
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Knowing the different diseases
Knowing what the different diseases are, and how to recognize them when you see them, will help you choose a healthy plant. Anthracnose is just one of many disease that can affect several verities of plants, the Tomato, Cucumber,Beans, and Melons,are the most likely to be affected by Anthracnose.Some of the symptoms are small dark spots sunken in,with pinkish spore masses in the middle of the spots, this is most common during wet weather. The best way to control this disease is to use a lime-sulfur on the plants as a prevention, right when they start getting leaf buds on them. Here is a link that will give you a lot of insight on all the different diseases http://www.vegetablegardeningguru.com and how to Identify them as well as treat, and prevent them.
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