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Vegetable Gardening Tips

Updated on February 15, 2014

Vegetable Gardening Tips

Here is a list of various vegetable gardening tips arranged by topic.

From here you will be able to link to my other vegetable gardening pages to get lots more information.

Let me know at the end of this page if you find something useful here, or if you have any other vegetable gardening tips to add.

The "polaroid" photos on this page and the photo on the left were all taken in my Mum's and Dad's fabulous vegetable garden.

Planning your vegetable garden

Silverbeet and potatoes

Silverbeet and potatoes
Silverbeet and potatoes

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums
Nasturtiums

Zucchini

Zucchini
Zucchini

Trowel and Error: Over 700 Tips, Remedies and Shortcuts for the Gardener

Tips for growing vegetables

Tips for planting small seeds

For very small vegetable seeds, like carrot seeds, it can be hard to sprinkle the seeds out of the packet so that they don't all come out in one big lot. One option is to thoroughly mix some of these seeds with some river sand then sprinkle them out into position, sand and all.

Some other ideas are shown in the following video.

growing vegetables tips
growing vegetables tips

Tips for starting seedlings

Seeds can be started in seed raising mix in recycled toilet rolls. You can put these rolls into a recycled icecream container and then place the icecream container into another larger container holding water. This will provide a moat, protecting the seedlings from snail and slug damage.

Make sure you label your seeds - the type of seeds and the date. You could cut up a recycled plastic milk bottle into strips and write on the strips with a permanent marker.

Don't sow too many seeds all at once. It's a good idea to stagger your planting so that you can get a continuous crop all season.

Just because a shop is selling seedlings, it does not mean that it is the correct time to grow them. You should to check if it is the right time to grow them for your area before spending your money.

Saving Seeds: The Gardener's Guide to Growing and Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds

Saving Seeds: The Gardener's Guide to Growing and Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds (A Down-to-Earth Gardening Book)
Saving Seeds: The Gardener's Guide to Growing and Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds (A Down-to-Earth Gardening Book)

Tips on how to save the seed from your garden. Not only will you save money, but you can choose to save seeds from the strongest varieties of vegetables. Some vegetables are a bit tricky to save seed from because they cross pollinate (eg brassicas). This book will give advice on how to avoid this cross pollination, as well as tips for harvesting and storing your seed.

 

Tips for working in your garden

watering your garden
watering your garden

Watering

Take care not to overwater or underwater your plants. Each vegetable will have different water requirements, so to make watering easier, it is best to plan to put vegetables with similar requirements closer together.

Remember that wind as well as sun can dry out the soil.

Mulching will minimize water loss from your soil.

The morning is usually the best time to water your garden. Watering in the middle of the day can result in too much water evaporating with the heat of the sun or it may scorch the leaves. Watering in the evening can increase the problems with mildew and fungal disease and with snails and slugs.

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Using a watering can instead of a hose can minimize mildew and fungal disease on your plants because you can more easily keep the water off the foliage and only water the soil.

Bloem Easy Pour Watering Can, 2.6 Gallon, Black (20-47287CP)
Bloem Easy Pour Watering Can, 2.6 Gallon, Black (20-47287CP)

Available in 4 different colors. Easy to store.

 

Grass paths amongst the veggies, fruit and flowers

Grass paths amongst the veggies, fruit and flowers
Grass paths amongst the veggies, fruit and flowers

Soil tips

Avoid digging in your garden when the ground is frosted or very wet because it can damage the structure of the soil resulting in poor drainage and aeration.

Avoid stepping on your garden beds, especially when the soil is wet, as it can cause soil compaction.

To improve your soil's ability to retain moisture or to drain better, add organic matter, such as compost, to it.

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn
Sweetcorn

Gardening tool tips

Hose the dirt off your tools after you finish using them. This will help them last longer. But make sure they are dry before you put them away to prevent the metal from rusting and wooden handles from rotting.

To preserve the wooden handles of tools, rub linseed oil into them at the end of the season.

Wipe the metal parts of secateurs, shears etc. with an oily rag after using them.

Buy brightly colored hand tools (or paint the handles or tie a bright ribbon on them) so that they show up easily in your garden when you have put them down.

Gifts for Gardener - My favourite gardening equipment and wishlist

Gifts for the GardenerOn this page I am featuring a selection of gardening gifts that I would love to receive, or that I have found so helpful, I am sure that other gardeners would love them too.

Health and safety tips for working outside

When using potting mix or perlite etc, use outside and make sure the contents in the bag are moist or wear a dusk mask to avoid breathing in dust from the bag which may carry legionaires disease.

Wear a sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses and work in the shade if possible. If it is hot, make sure you drink plenty of watering to keep from becoming dehydrated.

Tips for resolving problems in your vegetable garden

Do you have any vegetable gardening tips you would like to share with us?

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      Great lens. It is very informative and helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jeri Baker 5 years ago

      Great information. Thanks.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I really like my raised garden bed. The plants are so much easier to reach.

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      Dickstucki1 5 years ago

      Very nice page. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You can grow onions by cutting them in halves or quarters with each section having a small flat section at the base. (division).Now just plant them in a shallow hole with the base at the bottom and watch them develop into a full onion.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Collect your cardboard toilet rolls and cut them into 3 small rings.Place these over small seedlings to identify that they are a vegetable and not a weed. They will not damage the plant and will break down. AND IT IS FREE.

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      Marilyn Thompson 5 years ago from Washington State

      Tried growing Silverbeet here in the Pacific Northwest but did not have much luck, maybe we'll try again sometime

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really good tips for green thumbs of all ages. Why buy expensive fertiliser when you could go to a local coffee shop and collect their coffee grinds that they dispose off. Its a great soil conditioner,improves composts and is said to repel snails as well as being a fertiliser. It really does work and its free.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Great tips here for planning a vegetable garden! I'm not a gardener myself, but my son has become very into growing his own vegetables, and I'm so enjoying his enthusiasm. I will certainly point him to this lens for tips and guidance! :)

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      sellhousefastusa 5 years ago

      Great useful vegetable gardening lens

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      I'm battling with my herbs right now, they germinate, grow a wee while and then *doink*... the extreme heart we're having might be a contributory factor but I've moved them indoors now to see if that helps.. my laundry room looks like a miniature garden lol

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for another great lens on gardening. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love reading your wonderful gardening lenses! It's too late for gardening where I live--winter will soon be here, but I enjoy your informative lenses any time of year. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I visited your Potager Garden lens a while back and I think it's such a beautiful lens! I want to do one next spring!

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      kingsrookie lm 6 years ago

      Great lens! I want to try a raised bed garden soon. Can't wait!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'am new to this vege gardening, tried basil and jalapenos this year. Very enjoyable and great lens tips, thanks. 5*

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Another excellent lens. I learned a lot and will definitely use some of the tips immediately. I wish I had seen the small seeds idea of using those small salt and pepper shakers. I just saw some for 50 cents at a thrift store. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Love the tip about mixing seeds with sand. What a great idea. I never would have thought of it! Thanks.

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      RitaDern 6 years ago

      Lovely photos and an inspiration. Planted my FIRST garden in late spring. Thanks for the tips.

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      seegreen 6 years ago

      I need to start planning my vegetable garden. We moved recently and it is a rental so I need to figure out where I can put my potted vegetable plants. I walk around the place at different times of the day to see how much sun I'm getting

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      laureenr 6 years ago

      Before I start planting I prepare the bed well by digging it about a foot deep, aerating the soil and adding plenty of compost. This also makes it easier to plant. A fantastic lens. Thank you. Now that allantoin has been discovered as anti-aging produced by snails it gives one a whole new reason for keeping them.

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      TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

      I make my slugs very happy and out of my garden by finding a nice dark spot to the side of the garden that I pour beer on from time to time. I add a wood or plastic board for them to climb under. They love beer!

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      HelenHoliday 6 years ago

      This is wonderful information, and it's a pretty lens, too. It is my dream to grow a few vegetables, but the few times I've tried, they got eaten up by bugs or birds! I need a screened room.

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      Jolyne LM 6 years ago

      Great list of lenses and resources, I also really love to garden and enjoy sharing the hobby with my children

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      deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

      Awesome lens, I hope one day I can purchase a house with a big garden and have my own vegetable garden. This lens has the best resources about vegetable gardening tips, and I hope you don't mind I posted a link to this lens on my vegetable stir fry lens =)

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      modernstead 6 years ago

      Love the idea about using toilet paper tubes to start seeds! Very nice lens.

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      Delicious. Just delicious :) I dream of a house and a small garden, because I live in a flat. My both daughters like to grow things in their grandmother's holiday house back yard. When I get myself a garden, this will be my tutorial to come back to :) Thanks for sharing.

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      kathysmith lm 7 years ago

      I would like to visit this lens again and again!!!

      I will add it to my veggie lens and let others know too about your blog. One tip is when planting tomatoes in organic soil, sprinkle in evaporated milk after you've dug your hole and place the roots in sideways rather than straight down. Corn meal keeps ants off the growing tomato plants, (sprinkled around the outside of the plant) and coffee grounds helps handle slugs & snails. I will check back again. Thanks again for being here.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! I love to garden and am looking forward to next season already. My garden is covered in snow so I will be back here when spring fever hits!

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      Jay_Chua 7 years ago

      Excellent lense:) Thanks for sharing this.

      We here at Vancouver has already been covered by white show, and I really miss gardening.

      I moved my porch swing indoor and can;t wait to next summer for another round of gardening activities.

      Jay

      Publisher, PorchSwingSets.com

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      Heidi Reina 7 years ago from USA

      I enjoy raised bed and square-foot gardening. I'm starting to grow more vertically on planting walls as bending over is hard on my back. Thanks for your gardening tips!

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      Natalie W Schorr 7 years ago

      Wonderfully informative; lensrolled as well!

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      Magicality LM 7 years ago

      Great tips for handling small seeds!

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      I did have some success last year but I have been traveling so much recently I just haven't done anything this year yet......

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wonderfully presented lens. thanks for sharing useful tips.

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      AnxiousAthena LM 7 years ago

      OOOOh love this lens....inspires me to do a gardening lens too :) 5*

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      jsn3663 7 years ago

      Impressed with your site! Great information and it looks great!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Congratulations New Giant!

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      wow! great photos and so well organized. I learned some tips, while having a veggie garden most of my life! thanks.

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      This is a beautifully done lens on vegetable gardening tips! Blessed by an angel.