The Q&A Archives: Resources for Beginner Vegetable Gardeners

Question: I'm starting my first vegetable garden and what I need to know is when I plant the seeds, do I pack the dirt over the seeds or do I leave it open and just drop the seed? Also, do I use 1, 2, or 3 seeds per hole? Terri Taylor Petersburg, VA

Answer: Most seed packets will instruct you how to plant. Most seeds, but not all, must have some soil coverage in order to germinate. A general rule is that the seed should be planted at a depth that is twice the seed's length in the soil, but trust the seedpacket. It will also recommend how far apart to plant the seeds, how to space the rows, and to what distance to thin the plants. Some good books for beginning vegetable gardeners: Real Gardeners' True Confessions, by Pat Stone (Storey Pulbishing, Pownal, VT, 05261) - experienced gardener's share their mistakes so you won't make them, too. Gardening for Dummies (no offense!), by Michael MacCaskey, IDG Books, Braintree, MA Step by Step Organic Gardening, by Shep Ogden, HarperCollins, New York, NY. Your library or bookstore can help you find these.

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