The Q&A Archives: Starting A Vegetable Garden, When To Start

Question: I am a first timer and I would like to know when and how is the best time and best way to do the garden. I plan on planting tomatoes and other various vegetables.

Answer: Since you are so new to this I would
suggest you look at a book or two about vegetable
gardening. One I particularly like is "Vegetable Gardening
for Dummies" by Charlie Nardozzi, Dummy Press, ISBN
0764551299. In it you will find lots of practical advice
including information about soil preparation, planting and
caring for your veggies. You can also search the Q&A for
lots of good information.

In the meantime, you should run some basic soil tests to see
which amendments you might need to add -- or not. The
secret to having a good garden is in the soil preparation so
this is not something to skip. Your county extension
(345-3283) should be able to help you with the tests and
interpreting the results. They might also be able to suggest
vegetable varieties that do particularly well in your local

Enjoy your new garden!

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