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    Gardens of beauty and function are quickly gaining popularity with homeowners. The nostalgic look and feel of a vegetable and herb garden harkens back to our country’s more agrarian past.

    Vegetable and herb gardens are just like any other garden on your property. To begin the process, plan where you would like your garden located. Be sure you are meeting the light and water needs of the plants that will grow within the space. Observe how the sun travels on your property. Identify if the site will be within a micro-climate that may make for drought conditions. Proper planning in the beginning will help in overcoming many of the most common problems with edible gardens.

    Prepare the site for the introduction of soil amenities. Vegetable gardens require a deep tilling and will profit greatly from good compost. If you are uncertain of the soil composition in the desired location, take a soil sample and send it to the UMASS Soil Lab.

    If you want to be absolutely sure of what your soil conditions are, try making a raised bed. Use caution in picking the building material, as products like pressure treated wood can leach harmful chemicals into the soil and adversely affect your vegetables. Cedar lumber is a good alternative to chemically injected products.

    Vegetables, like all other plants, have different growing features that need to be investigated before your garden becomes crowded, or valuable growing space is wasted. Also, some vegetables are planted from seed while others are planted as small plants. For instance corn, beans, beets, carrots are planted from seed. Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and green beans are planted from small plants. However, basil, cucumbers, squash, kale and broccoli can be planted from seed or small plants.

    During the growing season, make sure you keep weeding, as unwanted plant material will love to grow in your garden as much as your vegetables. Monitor the water needs of your garden, water deeply every few days, but if damp conditions persist customize the water schedule to meet the needs of your location. Do not over water. If you notice a green film forming over the soil it means the garden is staying too wet. Fertilize twice during the summer.

    Organic fertilizers are preferable due to the fact that you will be eating “the fruits of your labor.”

     

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    May 20, 2014