How to Start Planting Vegetables

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Overview

Planting vegetables in your own garden is a satisfying feeling. To create a garden that produces healthy vegetables, you need to know how to start one. You'll have to consider season, type of vegetable, proper lighting and when to plant outdoors.

Step 1

Buy the proper vegetable seeds. Look for seeds that will prosper in your geographical area. Most seed packets provide this information on the back of their package. In addition, choosing organic or heritage seeds produces tastier vegetables.

Step 2

Fill small plastic or Styrofoam cups with fertile potting soil. To do so, moisten the dirt with water. Take dirt in your hand and squeeze out the excess water. Place the dirt in each of the cups.

Step 3

Place the seeds in the cups. Plant only one seed per cup to keep the seedling from tangling its roots with other nearby seedlings. When you replant them to a larger container or in the land, you will not need to untangle them. Pay special attention as to the depth that you need to sow your seed. Each seed may have a different depth requirement. Plant more than one of each vegetable seed, in case some do not germinate.

Step 4

Label each cup. This will save time guessing what you planted. This is especially important if you plant more than two or three types of vegetables. When you replant, place a stick in the ground with the name of the vegetable on it.

Step 5

Water each vegetable plant, according to need. Check your plant daily and see if it needs water. If the soil is blackish in color, it is moist enough. If the color is brown, the plant needs water. Most plants will need to be watered every 3 to 4 days.

Step 6

Be patient. Most vegetable plants take 7 to 10 days to germinate. If soil, water, temperature and lighting are right, your seeds should start germinating within this time. If one does not germinate within 14 days, you may want to discard that one and begin a new one. Sometimes the problem is the seed itself. Not all seeds germinate.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant outdoors until the recommended time. This information also is located on the back of the seed package. Keep vegetable plants warm so they do not freeze.

Things You'll Need

  • Small plastic or Styrofoam cups
  • Fertile potting soil
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Proper lighting

Who Can Help

  • Green living tips
  • Organic vegetable seeds
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About this Author

Based in central New York, Michele Martinez has been writing self-help articles since 2007. Her articles have appeared on eHow, Associated Content and Helium. She attended Mohawk Valley Community College and has over 20 years of experience in the areas of aviation, real estate, student loans and education.

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