Gardening Vivian | 06 Mar 2011 04:13 pm

5 Tips to Grow the Best Vegetable Garden Plants

In order for vegetable garden plants to grow well and provide you with great tasting food there are certain things that one needs to consider before planting them. So you need to make sure that you choose the most appropriate position in your garden where the plants can grow. To select the right site for growing vegetable garden plants there are two factors one needs to take into consideration.

1. You need a site that gets at least six hours of sunlight on it each day. The majority of vegetables we grow in our gardens today actually thrive better if they have plenty of full sunlight.

2. The other thing when determining the best place for planting vegetables in a garden is the soil. Ideally you want soil that is dark in colour because it will contain high levels of nutrients in it that the vegetable plants will feed on to grow. Also the soil must drain well but still allow sufficient moisture to be retained which can then be used by the plants. If you can avoid it don’t site your vegetable garden too close to shrubs or trees because the roots of these will actually take away the nutrients and water that your vegetables need to grow.

Once you have selected the most appropriate spot for your vegetable garden keeping the above mentioned in mind, it is time to start preparing the soil. Below we offer a few tips to help you to ensure that you prepare the soil well in which vegetable garden plants can then be sown.

1. After removing any sod, weeds or debris from the space you are using for your vegetable garden you now need to turn the soil over. It is best if you use either a spade or fork to do this and turn the soil over to a depth of between 12 and 14 inches.

2. As you are turning the soil over make sure that you mix into it around 3 or 4 inches of compost or well rotted manure into the top 12 inches. Also be aware that to help the soil improve further you may need to add some specialist fertilizer to the soil as well.

3. Once you have turned the soil over and incorporated into the manure or compost you need to rake the soil over. By doing this not only are you levelling the soil off but also help air to get into it. Soil that is well aerated will allow oxygen to reach the roots of the plants you are growing in it more easily and helps the soil to warm up a lot more quickly.

If however you discover that the soil you have in your garden won’t be of a quality that is suitable for growing vegetables in then look at building some raised beds. These are very simple to construct, all you need is four lengths of wood that can be nailed together to construct either a square or oblong. Then fill these with good quality soil and compost and allow to rest for a number of days before you go ahead and put your vegetable garden plants in them. You may actually find looking after the plants in these beds rather than in a traditional garden much easier as well.

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