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12 Tips for Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Your greenhouse lets you enjoy vegetable gardening more of the year. These vegetable gardening tips can help make this year’s crop of vegetables your best ever!

12 Tips or Better Vegetable Gardening

*Plant your crops in one to two week intervals for longing harvesting times. Try planting one row of peas every week for four weeks for better crop results. This provides smaller yields over a longer period of time and avoids harvesting too much of one vegetable at one time. It also makes canning and freezing easier during hot summer months. This technique works well for crops that have a short fruit bearing season such as peas, sweet corn, beans, and melon.

*Plant your crop rows in a north/south direction to help crops grow more evenly. This provides equal amounts of sunlight to every plant.

*Sweet corn achieves better pollination when planted in smaller blocks rather than in rows. The result will be bigger, better tasting sweet corn.

*To avoid over watering while vegetable gardening, place a large can or pot in the center of the garden. Allow the sprinkler to continue until the pot accumulates about three-quarters to one inch of water.

*Always water your vegetable garden in the early morning or after the sun sets to avoid scorching your plants.

*Be sure to rotate your crops from year to year to avoid depleting the nutrients in your vegetable garden soil.

*For fruitful vegetable gardening, you must periodically check the pH of the garden soil. Most garden vegetables thrive in soil with a pH of between 5.5 and 6.5.

*Watch your vegetable garden carefully and remove plants as they finish producing fruit for the season. This frees up room in the greenhouse or backyard for autumn vegetable gardening.

*Cutting off heads of cabbage during harvesting leaves the roots intact for growing more cabbage if you divide the stump into four equal parts with a few more cuts of a sharp blade.

*Tomatoes require lots of water. If you experience a dry spell, even for a few days, this lack of water will significantly affect your tomatoes. Be sure to water these plants vigorously. A tomato fruit is over 95% water!

*When selecting crop placement or planting different crops in the same container, avoid planting broccoli with tomatoes, beans with onions, or potatoes with tomatoes or squash.

*For natural bug control, try boiling a garlic clove for 10 minutes in water and place the boiled clove in a shallow depression in the soil of the container that is plagued with pests.

These 12 tips for better vegetable gardening can help your vegetable plants produce bigger, juicier vegetables worthy of the blue ribbon.

By Michelle Torres

I have been joyfully employed in the garden and greenhouse industry at The Greenhouse Catalog for 15 plus years. I love being a part of the gardening community. Our customers are fun, sincere, and down to earth people -- the nicest people to be around! I hope you enjoy the collective gardening wisdom that has been shared over the years from staff and customers.

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