As a new gardener, I had no idea what to plant in my vegetable garden. But I went with what was growing well in the neighborhood: tomatoes, peppers and beans. All of these plants did well—mostly because they were hearty enough to survive our harsh winters here in New England and were also easy to grow with little attention needed by me!
In general, seed packets tell you when to plant your seeds. If not, look up the plant on a seed website to learn when to plant.
- Check the seed packet for the planting date.
- Check the seed packet for the germination date.
- Check the seed packet for the growing date, which is usually about two weeks after planting.
- Then you can plant it! From here on out, all you have to do is wait and care for your plants until they are ready to harvest (or “mature”).
Planting your seeds in good soil is key to a high success rate.
- Soil should be moist but not wet. If the soil is too wet, seeds will rot.
- The soil should be loose and friable. This allows roots to spread out easily, which helps plants grow bigger and stronger than they would if their roots were confined in one place.
- The pH of your soil should fall between 6 and 7 on the pH scale (with 7 being neutral). Most vegetable types grow best at a slightly acidic pH level that’s closer to 6 than 7. You can test your soil’s acidity by mixing in some baking soda or lime with a bucket of water until it turns cloudy; then let it sit for a few hours before testing again for alkalinity or acidity by measuring the pH level with special test strips that indicate whether there are more basic ions (like calcium carbonate) present in solution compared with acidic ones (such as hydrogen ions). If these two conditions aren’t met—if either too much moisture remains instead of evaporating away quickly enough after rainfall events; or if too many nutrients have been depleted over time due to repeated crop plantings without replenishing them manually through composting techniques such as adding leaves into existing piles every few days–then chances are high
You can buy good quality organic soil at a nursery or home improvement store.
Before you go and buy the soil, stop by the nursery. They will be able to test your soil to determine its nutrient content. You want rich soil that has nutrients in it, but not too many because then it will be hard to grow vegetables in. The other thing they can do is give you advice on what kind of organic matter would be good for your garden.
Soil should also be damp—not wet—just damp.
After you’ve planted your seeds, don’t pick or pull them up!
If you’re new to gardening, this is a common mistake that can be easily made. You’ll be excited to see your seeds sprout, and maybe even pull out one or two just to make sure they’ve germinated. But unless the plant has grown strong roots (which takes several weeks), pulling it up will mean that your plant isn’t ready. It may seem like a harmless thing to do—but it’s not! Pulling out the seedling will disturb its roots and stunt its growth for weeks, if not months.
Just as bad as pulling out your vegetable plants is picking them too early! Picking vegetables before their time weakens them and makes them more susceptible to disease later on in life.
You will probably need to water your plants every day until they are established. Check the soil regularly.
You will probably need to water your plants every day until they are established. Check the soil regularly. If it feels dry at the top, water it with a gentle stream of water from the hose. If you can squeeze some moisture out of the soil with your fingers or press down on it with your hand and make an indentation that holds its shape for several seconds, then watering is probably not necessary yet.
Too much or too little water can be harmful to your plants so be careful when watering them. You should never let them dry out completely but neither should you let them become soggy because this could cause root rot or other diseases that will kill them (or at least stunt their growth).
Yellow leaves may mean the plant needs more water or fertilizer, but it can also mean that the plant has too much water so check the soil regularly.
If the soil is dry, add water. If it’s too wet, let it dry out a bit. The ideal moisture level to keep in mind is “just damp.” You should be able to squeeze a handful of soil and have it hold together without breaking apart into powder or clumps.
An important thing to know about watering plants is that there are two types of plants: Those that need more water and those that need less. Some plants grow best in moist environments while others thrive when given little access to water. It’s important for every gardener to know what kind of plant they’re working with so they can properly care for them throughout their life cycle!
The seed packet should give you an idea of how much space each plant needs to grow healthily.
The seed packet should give you an idea of how much space each plant needs to grow healthily. Here are some general guidelines:
- Herbs and flowers—1-inch spacing
- Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and beans—2- to 3-feet apart in rows 4 feet apart
- Squash and melons—3 feet apart in rows 5 feet apart
- Cabbage—3 feet apart in rows 6 feet apart
Compare what’s on the seed package with what it says on the backs of fertilizers and weed repellents so you don’t accidentally damage your plants with chemical treatments meant for different plants or stages of growth.
To avoid accidentally damaging your plants with chemicals, compare what’s on the seed package with what it says on the backs of fertilizers and weed repellents so you don’t accidentally damage your plants with chemical treatments meant for different plants or stages of growth.
For example, when I was prepping my garden this year, I decided to use some Roundup brand herbicide because it claimed that it was safe for use on vegetables and flowers alike. However, after doing a little research online and comparing this product against other similar products (such as Ortho Weed B Gon), I found out that Roundup is meant specifically for killing weeds after they have already grown up but not necessarily while they’re still in seed form—and no matter how hard I try to stay away from chemicals myself, I definitely don’t want anything harmful going into my soil or water supply!
Follow these tips for seed planting success!
- Plant seeds in good soil.
- Plant seeds in the right season.
- Plant seeds in the right location.
- Plant seeds in the right way:
- Soak the soil before you plant them (this will help them germinate faster) and make sure it is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit outside if you’re going to be planting them outdoors! Also, don’t bury your seed too deep; just make a shallow hole for it and cover it back up with some dirt so that only about half of its stem shows above ground level when you’re done planting it (this will help prevent weeds). If you’re using fertilizer on your garden beds, wait until after all of your seedlings have emerged from their shells before adding any more nutrients—you don’t want anything competing with those sprouts! However, be careful not to overdo things when watering since too much water can drown out those precious shoots!
The summer vegetable gardening season is just beginning, so don’t miss out! Get your seeds planted now so you can enjoy fresh produce in a few short weeks.