Follow the below simple steps to learn about how to grow a vegetable garden from seeds. # Grow vegetables garden //
Decide what vegetables to grow:
- There are a few ways you can tackle this first step.
- You might want to start by determining how much available space you have.
- Or you could begin by making a list of the fruits, vegetables and herbs you want to grow.
- Once you have a good idea of what you want to grow and where you’re going to grow it.
- You can pick up seeds from your local garden or hardware store or order from a reliable source online.
- Take a look at the information on the back of your seed packets.
- And take note of how long it takes for your chosen seeds to grow.
- That way, you know when to get them in the ground.
Gather seed starting materials:
- Depending on the time of year, you may want to begin your seeds indoors.
- Many gardeners do this to get a head start on the season by giving the plants time to grow in a controlled environment before transplanting them outside.
- Seed starting materials vary depending on what you’re growing, but the basic list of supplies includes:
- Some plants will germinate easily in a south-facing window.
- But grow lights from your local hardware or garden supply store can accelerate the process.
- You can also skip the seed starting trays and use small plastic or styrofoam cups (or any other container that is at least 2 to 3 inches deep).
- If using cups, be sure to poke holes in the bottom to allow the soil to drain.
# Grow vegetable garden //
Grow your seedlings:
- Different plants grow better in different conditions, so read and follow the directions on each individual seed packet you purchase.
- Some seeds can simply be scattered on top of the soil while others need to be planted deeper to germinate in darker conditions.
- As the seeds begin to grow, keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Some gardeners prefer to bottom water their seedlings rather than watering them from above.
- Unless your seed packet says otherwise, use a half-strength fertilizer once the seedlings have developed one to two sets of true leaves.
- Be careful not to confuse the true leaves with the cotyledon leaves, which are often the first leaves to appear after the seed germinates.
- Depending on what you’re growing.
- You may also want to transplant your growing seedlings into larger containers as they grow bigger.
Transplant to the garden:
- Before you transplant any of your seedlings into your garden, determine the final frost date for your area.
- Some plants, like leafy greens, can go outside a few weeks before the final frost.
- Others, like tomatoes, do best when the outdoor temperature is at or above 50 degrees.
- Once you know the final frost date, you can make a plan to harden your seedlings.
- This simply means acclimating them to the outdoors about a week before moving them outside for good.
- Start by setting the seedlings out in a protected area for 30 minutes a day and gradually work your way up to keeping them outside for the entire day.
- Allowing them to slowly adjust to the elements will give them a better chance of survival once they are transplanted permanently outdoors.
Water, fertilizer and harvest:
- Because many plants have specific needs after transplanting.
- Follow the specific seed packet instructions for watering and fertilizing once they’re in the ground.
- With any luck, you’ll have an abundance of food to harvest and enjoy within a few months.