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Intensive Cropping This type of planting a garden with vegetables means using in wide bands, generally 1-4 feet across and as long as you like. Intensive cropping reduces the amount of area needed for paths, but the closer spacing of the plants usually means you have to weed by hand. Because of the handwork required, when thinking how to plan a vegetable garden with rows remember: It is important not to make the bands wider than you can comfortably reach. Intensive cropping also allows you to design your vegetable garden, making it a good choice, for example, if you want to grow vegetables in your front yard. It’s a great solution for mixing vegetables with ornamentals, as well. A specialized version of intensive cropping is the “square-foot method.” This system divides the garden into small beds (typically 4×4 feet), that are further subdivided into 1-foot squares. Each 1-foot square is planted with one, four, nine, or 16 plants, depending on the size of the plant when it matures. It also makes sense to leave some areas of the garden unplanted at first. This allows you to plant a second crop to harvest later in the season. Lettuce, radishes, green onions, carrots, and bush beans are commonly planted several times during the season. Don’t miss these other vegetable-garden design tips! Download our free vegetable garden plans!
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Vegetable Gardening Ideas

One of my favourite things about summer is planting a vegetable garden!  It’s far from perfect, but it works for us.  Some vegetable gardens are big, and some are small, and some people still manage to grow vegetables on nothing but a balcony.  Whatever your space situation is, this list of 15 unusual vegetable garden ideas has you covered and will get your creative juices flowing.
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Vegetable Gardening Ideas

Remember, no matter what type of horticulture project you undertake, you’re bound to have some failures. It’s a normal part of gardening. Try to resist the urge to go out and buy a bunch of expensive gardening tools, and simply buy the basics and start with a few plants. Once you’ve mastered the basics, move on. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching your very own vegetable go from seed to table, and you’ll save a lot of money in the long run.
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Vegetable Gardening Ideas

Why Plant a Garden with Vegetables Starting a vegetable garden at home is an easy way to save money — that $2 tomato plant can easily provide you with 10 pounds of fruit over the course of a season. But planting a garden with vegetables also gives you the pleasure of savoring a delicious, sun-warmed tomato fresh from your backyard. In almost every case, the flavor and texture of varieties you can grow far exceed grocery store produce. Plus, growing vegetables can be fun. It’s a great way to spend time with children or have a place to get away and spend time outdoors in the sun. Learning what to plant in a garden with vegetables, and how to tend them for the best harvest, is probably easier than you think. If you plan it right, you can enjoy a beautiful garden full of the fruits of your labor, without having to spend hours and hours tending it. Planting a garden that includes vegetables and flowers means you’ve combined natural companions, and that can turn a potential eyesore into an attractive landscape feature. Read on for more tips on your first vegetable garden! Get inspired by the White House vegetable garden!
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Vegetable Gardening Ideas

Determining How Much Space You Need Once you know what you want to plant, you can figure out how to plan a vegetable garden with the right amount of space. Keep in mind that when figuring out what to plant in a garden with vegetables, you don’t need a large space to begin. If you choose to grow in containers, you don’t even need a yard — a deck or balcony may provide plenty of space. In fact, a well-tended 10×10-foot vegetable garden will usually produce more than a weed-filled or disease-ridden 25×50-foot bed. Get ideas for growing veggies in containers.
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Vegetable Gardening Ideas

As a first time gardener, your software helped a lot, thank you very much for your help. Here is a video with our gardening story, how we started gardening knowing absolutely nothing.
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Vegetable Gardening Ideas

Beginner vegetable gardening reply Submitted by Almanac Staff on November 7, 2015 – 5:34pm Rhonda, We are so happy to hear that this advice was useful to you and your husband. Many thanks for sharing these kind words! We appreciate your interest in The Old Farmer’s Almanac and our Web site. With all good wishes, your OFA editors
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Vegetable Gardening Ideas

With the rising cost of food and gas, I’ve realized the practicality, as well as the fun, of home gardening. But if you’re concerned about the amount of work involved or the cost, don’t be. There are plenty of ways to start your own home vegetable garden without spending a fortune.
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This is the kind of garden I’m keeping – it’s an easy way to start, and works well if you have limited space. This is just my second year container gardening, and last year I struggled: The lettuce burned up in the sun, the peppers grew into a lovely plant with no actual vegetable, and the squash vines choked out the tomato plants but never actually bore fruit.
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For a vegetable garden, you reply Submitted by Almanac Staff on March 19, 2014 – 4:27pm For a vegetable garden, you want rich, well-drained soil of loamy texture. Most soil needs the addition of some organic matter such as compost. To see if you have the right soil, you could do a soil test. Contact your local Cooperative Extension office for information on getting your soil pH tested. 
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A vegetable garden not only has a stunning visual appeal, but also a great deal of usefulness. For the casual gardener or the avid green thumb alike, a vegetable garden has a lot to offer. You can grow simple snacks for you and your family, or try to supplement entire meals with your produce.
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Here is an elevated planter that is great for a small vegetable garden. If you have a number of small vegetable plants, and are growing for personal use, this is ideal, as it is mobile, simple and the height makes it easier to manage. Source: Zillow Digs™
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This is an expansive vegetable garden, in a large yard. If you have the space, there is no need to get fancy with raised garden beds, greenhouses, or paths. If you can manage with a simple plot of dirt and the seeds, then that is all you really need for a successful and beneficial vegetable garden.
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Hello, I am building my first tilled garden in many years and trying to do it right. when I till the garden flat, then make rows, do I plant in the mounded rows or in the valley? Sorry to be so dumb but been awasy from gardening for over 30 years. Thanks So Much
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container depth for tomatoes reply Submitted by Almanac Staff on June 3, 2016 – 11:54am The recommended depth or volume of a container will depend on the variety of tomato–dwarf types would not require as much room as, say, a beefsteak indeterminate variety. But in general, allow for about 18 to 24 inches deep. I’ve grown tomatoes in a self-watering planter that was about 12” deep and 3 feet wide. Although it was a bit shallow, the plant appeared to do fine. A 5-gallon container is usually good. For container gardening, it is best to choose a determinate type of tomato, so that it doesn’t get too huge and sprawling. Dwarf/patio types are also good choices.
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I remember watching my mother working in her garden when I was a teenager, not truly understanding any of the benefits. I remarked that I wouldn’t ever have an interest in gardening before the age of 40. Now, though I’m still eight years away from that milestone, I’ve discovered my green thumb.
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Approximate Cost If you have good soil and are going to plant directly in the ground, you’ll save a lot of money by not buying gardening soil. Bricks and wood can be inexpensively obtained, and seeds and root vegetables can be taken directly from store-bought produce.
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The information here is appreciated and very insightful. I'm relatively new to gardening and my daughter and I eat organic food. We plan to start a garden this year and the previous owners of our house maintained a garden for years. (The garlic still grows). My question is I don't know if he used organic practices or harmful chemical pesticides , if he utilized the ladder, would the soil contaminate our organic seeds and organic efforts? Thank you!
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The recommended depth or volume of a container will depend on the variety of tomato–dwarf types would not require as much room as, say, a beefsteak indeterminate variety. But in general, allow for about 18 to 24 inches deep. I’ve grown tomatoes in a self-watering planter that was about 12” deep and 3 feet wide. Although it was a bit shallow, the plant appeared to do fine. A 5-gallon container is usually good. For container gardening, it is best to choose a determinate type of tomato, so that it doesn’t get too huge and sprawling. Dwarf/patio types are also good choices.

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