Question by Miss: Need some help planting veggies for the first time?
If I wanted to plant a small amount of vegetables in the yard or in a container, would they require the use of pesticide products? Or would I need to purchase some of the organic farming helpful bugs to keep bad insects away? Are pests an issue with a small amount of veggies? I’d really like to hear from some people who have actually tried their own gardening and what things you’d recommend for a beginner to plant. Thanks!
Answer by Elizabeth
I have been gardening for many years. The only time I use any pesticides in the garden is on fire ants. As a beginner your idea of starting small is a good one. Container gardening works fine as long as your containers are large enough for the vegetable you want to grow. In general you would put each plant in a separate container. Most vegetables also need full sun. Container gardening requires more watering. Another option is raised bed gardening.
If you like the concept do get the book. This is a wonderful system for both beginning gardeners and experienced gardeners. Start with 1 4’x4′ box. You will be amazed at how much produce you get out of a small space. It is also very easy to maintain. Make your own soil mix using 1/3 compost, 1/3 course horticultural vermiculite and 1/3 peat. The only weeds you will have to contend with are the ones that germinate from seeds dropped by birds. If you want tomatoes and cucumbers grow them vertically. The book has examples of support frames that you can construct for vertical gardening.
Your next issue is plant selection. Not knowing where you are located I can not help you with that. Call your county Agent for recommendations. The CA can tell you what varieties are suitable for your region and when to plant. Some plants are cool weather crops and others are warm weather crops so planting at the correct time is crucial to success.
Gardening is a very rewarding experience especially when you harvest that first crop from your garden. Good luck and enjoy
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