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Home grown vegetables and herbs always taste better. Growing a vegetable garden requires work but it can be very satisfying the first time you harvest your crops. This can be a really fun experience for you and your family. It can be very easy by learning a few basic skills.

1. Choose the perfect space in your garden. Make sure there is full sun for at least 6 hours a day. Also make sure there is easy access to water. Remember not to start with a garden too large to maintain. If you start small you may have a better experience. Once you learn a few things you can expand for the next growing season. If you only have a patio or a very small space in your yard, choose a spot that has sun and plant in large containers and patio pots similar to our 2 gallon vegetable program.

2. Once you have picked the perfect location it is time to get dirty! Start by breaking up the soil with a shovel or garden spade. Make sure you remove all rocks, weeds and grass. Break up any clumps of soil that remain. The better broke up the soil is the stronger the roots will be. Add compost and other organic materials to enhance your soil and increase harvests. See your local garden center for choices on amendments.



3. Choose the right vegetables for your garden. You need to consider how large they will get and how much you will actually use them in recipes. Some basic vegetables and herbs to get started with can include but are not limited to: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers and Squash, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano and Parsley. Look at our full catalog to choose other vegetables not mentioned above. It is always a good idea to add potting soil when planting. Also use an all-purpose slow release fertilizer twice. Once when planted and again half way thru the season. *Remember: Peppers can go up in heat when exposed to extreme heat and dry conditions.

4. Next, watch them grow. Watch for signs of disease like discoloring, wilting or insect damage. If you start to see these problems contact your local garden center. They will be able to provide you with the proper information to figure out and take care of the problem. Stake large plants as needed especially tomatoes. Be sure to keep air flowing around the lower leaves. Make sure to pick fruit when it is ripe to ensure continuous production.

5. Most importantly WATER. Keep your vegetables and herbs watered well but not too wet. Water when the soil is dry an inch below the surface.

6. Harvest Time! You will get the best flavor when you harvest the vegetables when they are ripe. Use them while they are fresh or dry as recommended. To keep herbs producing and healthy cut them as cleanly as possible.

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