If you are thinking you would like to start growing your own vegetables but have no clue how to get started. Then you have come to the right place! Within this article you will find planting time frames, growing calendar and more for all types of Minnesota vegetables. Having a plan and proper information will help make sure you have a prosperous season.
- Plant in a sunny location. Vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The more sunlight they receive, the greater the harvest and the better the taste.
- Plant in good soil. Plants’ roots penetrate soft soil easily, so you need nice loamy soil. Enriching your soil with compost provides needed nutrients. Proper drainage will ensure that water neither collects on top nor drains away too quickly.
- Space your crops properly. For example, corn needs a lot of space and can overshadow shorter vegetables. Plants set too close together compete for sunlight, water, and nutrition and fail to mature. Pay attention to the spacing guidance on seed packets and plant tabs.
- Buy high-quality seeds. Seed packets are less expensive than individual plants. If seeds don’t germinate, your money—and time—are wasted. A few “extra” cents spent in spring for that year’s seeds will pay off in higher yields at harvest time. – The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner
The soil will first need to be prepared by making sure it is not too wet or too dry. Start by tilling or spading the garden and then immediately rake the soil, make sure the soil is not packed too much as that could damage emerging seedlings.
You are now ready to plant the Early Season Vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, radishes and onions.
Vegetable gardening can be rewarding even for beginners, there is an art to doing it well. Yet one of the most important ways of improving your garden from year to year is to pay close attention to how plants grow, and note your successes and failures in a garden notebook or journal.
Draw a garden plan each year will help you remember where things were growing.
Take notes to help you avoid making the same mistakes again, or to ensure good results can be reproduced in future years.
Write down all the names of different vegetables, and compare them from each year.
Over time this kind of careful observation and record-keeping will teach you even more about growing vegetables. This is because the notes you make will be based on your own personal experience and observations, and will reflect what works best for you in the unique conditions of your own garden.
Happy Spring and Happy Gardening!
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