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Garden Help/HowTo

Vegetable Planting

Vegetable Planting

Nothing beats the satisfaction of eating fresh vegetables direct from your own garden. With proper planning, preparation and planting, you can be well on your way to enjoying the fruits of your labor.

General Information for the Following Veggies:

  • Beans
  • Bok Choy
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Leeks
  • Okra
  • Peas
  • Pumpkins
  • Strawberries
  • Swiss Chard

Soil Preparation:

  • Locate your garden in an area that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day.
  • The garden should be planted away from trees or large shrubs that may provide too much shade for your garden and their root systems will also compete with the young vegetables for food and water.
  • Gardens should be planted on a level or slightly sloping site to allow for adequate drainage and proper air circulation.
  • Prepare the soil by digging deeply, turning the soil and removing weeds, roots, rocks and other debris. This will help break up heavy clay soil, increase air circulation in the soil and ensure proper drainage.
  • Add a granular slow-release fertilizer to the soil to provide necessary nutrients.


  • Check the Homegrown Gourmet plant tag for the specific varieties for information regardng that veggie and how to plant. The tag will provide spacing information and other pertinent planting tips.
  • Always use the Homegrown Gourmet plant tag to mark the plants so you know what is growing.


  • Most veggie plants do best when the soil is kept moist, but not soggy.
  • Check the moisture daily and water if the soild is dry to the touch.
  • Early morning watering is best so the sun has time to dry the leaves.


  • Check plants frequently for pests and diseases.
  • Keep area clear of weeds.
  • Except for strawberries, fertilize every 2 to 3 weeks with a fast-acting, water-soluble plant food. Choose a plant food that is high in phosporous and potassium to encourage strong roots, thick stems and vigorous production.

Supplies Needed:

  • Garden Trowel
  • Garden Hose or Watering Can
  • Shovel
  • Garden Gloves
  • Compost or peat moss material
  • Fertilizer
  • Veggie Plants

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