Vegetable Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Pensacola, Fl
Question by jubunnie
January 21, 2010
How do I start a vegetable garden?

Answer from NGA
January 21, 2010


All you need is a bare patch of soil to start a vegetable garden. Most plants will need 6-8 hours of direct sunshine so situate your new garden in the sunniest spot you can find. Plants appreciate soils amended with organic matter (compost, aged-manure, etc.). Organic amendments loosen the soil, drain quickly, and as the organic matter decomposes, it releases nutrients into the soil. So, choose the sunniest spot you can find and amend the soil by spreading 3-4" of organic matter over the top and digging it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Then plant your seeds or vegetable starts and cover over the bare soil around the plants with a few more inches of organic matter. This organic matter will help suppress weeds. In Florida you have two growing seasons: February and September. Plant in February and everything will mature before the weather gets too hot. Then plant again in September for a second crop. Best wishes with your new garden!

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