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The best Vegetable plants and seeds

Updated on August 26, 2012

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you Carol, glad you liked it.I will be writing about gardening more this winter, I grew a large garden this year and will be sharing some great pictures as well as some great gardening advice, hope to see you there.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of good information here about growing. I think of starting a garden everyday..and so far not. Very helpful and voted UP.

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      Nick Jones 5 years ago

      That is very informative. The way plants blend together to create a pleasing whole that is the key to a successful planting.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you Robert, I'm in the middle of planting my garden now and you wont see a lot of me till after the work is all done, I will take pictures and write some more hubs about gardening then.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      I am looking into starting a garden soon. This article was most helpful! Looking forward to more of your writing. Voted up and shared.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Kevin and so useful;here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Have a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Thank you Sgbrown, Im glad you liked it,Great minds do think alike.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub! You have lots of usefu information here. It is very simular to a hub I wrote not very long ago. Great minds think alike, right? Voted up and useful! :)