The Q&A Archives: Garden Planning and Seed Amounts

Question: We recently moved to a country house that has a 2100 sq. ft. garden. Last year,we planted a variety of veggies with little success.We had 6 rows of corn,5 rows of melon, 6 rows of tomatoes,1 row zuc,1 row eggplant,sugar snaps,bush limas,and 1 pumpkin patch. We ordered the majority of the seeds from Burpees.

Answer: It is a disappointment when a garden doesn't produce as hoped, but in a way that is part of gardening because we try to figure out why things didn't work as planned and maybe do things differently the next time. Also, it happens that last summer was a dry one, which never helps things. Most vegetables do best on a rich, well drained but moist soil well amended with organic matter. Good soil is your most important factor in gardening success or failure. The first step to achieving that is to test your soil and see exactly what it may (or may not) need in terms of improvement. Your County Extension (431-7260) can help you with that. They can also help you identify the specific vegetable varieties known to do best in your local area, because this, too, can make a big difference. I hope things go better in your garden this year!

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