Planting Vegetable Garden
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Planting vegetable garden not only allows you to relish healthy, nutritious foods with little or no chemicals. It also helps you burn twice as many calories as a brisk walk. In fact, people who garden regularly report more satisfaction in their lives than those who never garden.

Successful vegetable gardening requires three basic steps:

A) Planning Your Garden

The location of your vegetable garden is of primary importance. The spot should receive full sunlight for at least 6 hours each day. The soil should be fertile, well-drained and there should be good air movement around the garden.

While planning your garden, consider what and how much you wish to plant. The garden should be surrounded by a sufficiently high fence with close mesh to keep out dogs, rabbits, and other animals. The fence can also serve as a trellis for beans, peas, tomatoes, and other vegetables that need support.

B) Preparing The Soil

The exact type of soil is not as important as the fact that it should be well drained, moisture retentive and well supplied with organic matter. It should be reasonably free of stones.

The quality of subsoil is also important. The development of garden soil may be extremely difficult in the presence of hard shale, rock ledges, gravel beds, deep sand, or hardpan under the surface. In contrast, infertile soil having good physical properties can be made productive by using commercial fertilizer, organic matter, lime and other soil improving materials. Take care not to plow soil while it is very wet.

C) Planting Vegetables

Use stakes to mark out where different rows will be planted and build trellises or set in stout stakes for climbing plants. Establish your pathways early so that you won't need to walk across areas which will be planted.

Set the depth of the soil as recommended on the seed packet. Firm the soil over the seeds. This will insure good moisture contact and will help retain the moisture in the soil. Spray water thoroughly but gently, so that you don't disturb or expose the seeds. It is important to keep the soil moist as seeds need moisture to germinate. Once the seedlings emerge and develop their second or third set of true leaves, thin them as needed so that you keep the strongest plants, leaving the remaining ones spaced as directed on your seed packet.