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Grow Your Own Vegetable Harvest

Grow Your Own Vegetable Harvest

Nothing beats the wholesome flavours of fresh-from-your-garden veggies. It seems the hardest part is restraining your enthusiasm enough to prevent growing an over-abundant crop far beyond what your family can consume! We can’t help with curbing your enthusiasm, but in other matters of vegetable gardening we have these tips:

Where to Grow 

• Vegetables need a minimum of 6 hours direct sun per day.

• Plant away from tree roots, in well-drained, level soil with easy access to a garden hose.

• Add 20 cm – 30 cm (8″ – 12″) peat moss, manure, and/or compost as well as granular Garden-All 4-12-8 to the top of your soil to improve the condition and fertility before you plant.

carrots in basketWhat to Grow

• Decide what you want to grow and sketch it out on graph paper.

• Group the vegetable crops according to height to prevent one from shading another.

• Plan to put the small-growing, quick-maturing ones together as well.

• Keep in mind that some vegetables really like to sprawl.

Learn how to Grow Tomatoes Like a Pro

How to Plant

• You can start vegetables from seed in propagation trays in your home starting in March/April.

• You can sow seeds directly into cool soil in April for the best yields of peas, lettuce, onions, radishes, beets, and spinach. These particular seeds can be sown again in late August for a second “cool-weather” crop that matures in fall.

• You can purchase plants that are started in May at our Garden Centre.

• It’s very important to read the seed package or growing tag to know exactly how much space to leave between each plant and the correct distance between rows. Some vegetables like carrots, that grow profusely and quickly, need to be thinned out so they have sufficient room to mature. This kind of information is also clearly indicated.

• At the time of planting your started vegetables, water in Transplanter 5-15-5 to minimize transplant shock and establish strong roots.

Maintenance

• Four weeks after planting, apply more granular Garden-All 4-12-8 for a slow, steady release of nutrients all summer long.

sliced tomatoes

• Vegetables will not tolerate competition from weeds so keep the area weed-free. This can be done by laying down porous landscape fabric and/or a thick layer of mulch such as cedar mulch, pine needles, or bark chips between rows.

• If necessary, pull weeds by hand or gently cultivate with a hoe without disturbing shallow roots.

• Watering is crucial to success, so never allow the soil to dry out completely. It should be moist at all times. Feel the surface with your hand for coolness or dig down 10 cm (4″) to see exactly how far water has penetrated.

• Watch carefully for insects and disease. Our Garden Centre sells several lines of natural environmentally friendly insecticides and fungicides that can be used safely by simply following the package directions. Consult one of our experts for easy solutions to your questions.

• Harvest your vegetables promptly when they’re at their peak. You can freeze or give away the surplus.