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Growing Great Fruit and Vegetables

Updated on June 25, 2015

Growing great vegetables

The urge to garden appears long before the growing season begins. I feel the need to plant, something, anything while is still covered in at least a foot of snow and the temperatures are hovering around zero Celsius.

It is even too early to start seed indoors as it is at least nine weeks before we can begin to plant anything out. Well maybe some peas if the ground thaws early and the weather is warm but little else, especially the heat lovers like green peppers and cucumbers.

This year I will be growing in containers on the second floor balcony. However it matters little where you grow or what you grow, what truly matters is how your grow.

Cucumbers may not be the best plant for the novice but if you know what they need and make the effort to see they get what they need you can grow them and just about anything else. The following short list will give you some tips for growing some of the vegetable garden essentials.


The cucumber is a demanding plant. They have an extensive root system that requires regular watering and good healthy soil to grow best. The plant will tolerate a variety of soils but it will do best in a loose well-drained soil that is complemented with organic matter such as well-rotted manure or compost before planting. The soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0.


There are four basic types of strawberries. They are June bearing or spring bearing, ever bearing and day neutral.

The fruits of day neutral plants and ever bearers are usually smaller than June-bearers fruit.

June bearing strawberries are classified into early, mid-season and late varieties.


Onions are not all the difficult to grow. First off, you have two types of onions, summer onions and winter onions. Summer onions are fresh onions that come in yellow red and white and have a fairly thin skin.

These are the sweet onions, the ones that you are most likely to find in your sandwich or salad. It is their high water content that makes them sweet.

Companions Planting:

Companion or compatible planting is the first step towards understanding plant communities and how designing you garden as a functioning community of plants that benefit from each others’ company is a natural model that increases your garden’s vitality.

Perhaps, one of the oldest plant communities that we know of is the Three Sisters, beans, corn and squash. It is a First Nations planting method that goes back for several centuries and is often associated with the Iroquois.

You will succeed if you feed the soil organic material such as compost, by the way compost is a great way to reuse kitchen scraps (vegetable) that you might otherwise toss away and turn grass clippings and fallen leaves into food for your soil.

You will succeed if you place the garden where the plants get the sunlight they must have; vegetables need at least six to eight hours of sun each day. Tomatoes and peppers love sun and heat so consider this when planting them.

Vegetables need water and you cannot always rely on the rain, so install a rain barrel and plan for those dry id-summer days. Speaking of planning, make a rough sketch of what will go where before you plant and this will guide you through the planting.

Seed packages give the gardner all the information required to plant correctly. read the pack follow the instructions. be sure put the right plant in the right place. Water when needed.. Nature does a great deal of the work for

Nature does a great deal of the work, but now and then you do have to lend her a helping hand.

Getting Started


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for the comment.

  • psychotropia profile image


    7 years ago from United States

    Thanks for sharing ..........

    now most are interested to grow plants that will be so useful or valuable.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am glad that makes you happy, all the best.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    This hub is so exciting for me. Thank you. My husband has finally taken an interest in growing , vegetables and hersbs as my health is deteriorating and l can´t do what l used to.

    He´ll take more notice of your hubs than he will of me.


  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and good growing.

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    computer guy 

    7 years ago

    You always have good information. I have tried to grow cucumbers in the past and have had no luck. Maybe I will try one more time using your recommendations. Thanks

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    They do indeed, thanks for the visit.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    I always enjoy reading your gardening. OH, don't those green fingers itch.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    There is snow in this weekend's forecast so planting time is a way off yet. Thanks for commenting.

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    7 years ago from a room of one's own

    I really enjoy your hubs. I'm itching to get out and start my garden, but we just got snow yesterday. Thanks for the info.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Well done, being able to eat food, you have grown all years round is first class.

  • Granny's House profile image

    Granny's House 

    7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Thanks for the great tips. I grow a very large garden every year. I do not buy veggies all winter. A friend of mine also dumps coffee grounds in her garden.

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    7 years ago

    thanks for sharing such a nice informative hub. your guidelines are very excellent for those persons that are interesting to make a garden of vegetables in their homes. thank you very much once again for giving nice tips for gardening.

  • CARIBQUEEN profile image


    7 years ago

    Bob: I just came in from outside where I recently planted tomatoes, eggplants, lettuce, jalapeno peppers and some herbs such as chives, celery, parsley. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I continue to get motivation from you anytime you post your gardening hubs. Good Luck with your fruits and vegetables.

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    Diane Ziomek 

    7 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    I have twelve garden beds calling to me and I can't do a thing with them considering they are still under at least a foot of snow. I have plans for them all, which includes expanding one to be all strawberries.

    Your articles are always so informative Bob...keep up the good work!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    At least today was warmer, but still below average, I am considering container strawberries for the balcony, tried it two years back, not bad.

  • rpalulis profile image


    7 years ago from NY

    The weather here in NY has not been very spring like either, wondering if we are going to skip spring this year and go straight into summer?

    Great hub Bob, I want to start growing more fruits and berries. Maybe this summer I will try to get some blueberry bushes going and plant some strawberry patches.


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