Spring Vegetable Gardening Tips

There are advantages to growing your vegetables as soon as the spring weather arrives. Many consider gardening to be a pleasurable hobby with the vegetables being an added reward. Many vegetables take several months to reach maturity, and an early spring planting is required. Beans, which take 65 to 75 days to mature, and Brussels sprouts, which can take as long as 100 days before they're ready to harvest, are good examples of vegetables to plant in your spring garden.

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Vegetables on average need 8 to 10 hours of uninterrupted sunlight per day. When choosing an area, look around for tall trees and buildings that could cast shadows on your vegetable garden. Place your vegetable garden inconvenient to your kitchen. For a typical family of four, a vegetable garden 25 square feet in size should suffice.

Soil

Vegetables require a light, well-draining soil. Sandy loam is considered the ideal soil type. It can be created by adding compost to sandy soil or peat moss to clay soils. A fertilizer can help your vegetables reach their growth potential. Beware of using too much nitrogen-rich fertilizer, as this can cause excess leaf production at the cost of fewer vegetables. The pea plant is a good example a vegetable suffers from too much nitrogen.

Planting

Always plant your spring vegetables as early in the season as possible after the risk of frost has passed. Buy starter plants from a reputable greenhouse and transplant them as soon as it is safe to do so. It is possible to start your spring vegetables from seed, but you will have to begin their germination and growth inside during the late winter months. The easiest vegetables to transplant are tomatoes, cauliflower, onions and beets.

Mulching

Mulching is the act of placing wood chips or other organic materials around the base of the plants after they have been planted. Mulch aids in regulating the soil temperature, which can be an issue with the temperature variations often associated with spring weather. A 2- to 3-inch layer of leaves, compost or wood chip will also help shed excess rainfall, ensuring your soil does not become too wet, and will help to retain moisture in the soil during times of drought.

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