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[Tomato Dirt #223] Plan a Successful Vegetable Garden Using These 3 Tips
February 18, 2021

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 4

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

Testing, Testing: What's Up In Your Garden?

Nutrients, pH, moisture level: what’s up in your garden? Find out before you plant so you can amend your soil. Take a look at soil test kits used by gardeners like you!

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FEATURE: Plan a Successful Vegetable Garden Using These 3 Tips

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When it comes to starting a vegetable garden, the most important step you can take doesn’t involve a shovel, a tiller, or even a speck of dirt.

A successful new garden begins with planning. Here’s what to consider as you plan a new garden or update your current one.

  1. Plan what to grow. Make a list of the plants you would like to grow. Then do some research about each one to find out when to plant them, where to plant them, how much water they need, how much attention they need, and when to harvest them.
  2. Plan how much to grow. How much space can you devote to your garden? How much time are you willing to invest in planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting? How many vegetables can you use, process, and give away?
  3. Plan where to grow it. Vegetables need at least 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Avoid placing your garden in the shade. And choose a spot with access to water. You’ll need it for watering your garden, especially during the heat of the summer.

Once you make these decisions, you’re ready for the next steps in getting your garden in the ground: making a garden plan, tilling your garden, and preparing your soil.

See more about planning and starting a vegetable garden to get yourself ready for the new growing season … and be sure to check out our Garden Layouts board on Pinterest for more fun and inspiring ideas.

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Have What You Need for Starting Seeds This Season?

Potting soil, peat pots, cell trays … make sure you have what you need to start seeds for your garden. Take a look at seed starting gear used by gardeners like you!

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Tomato Growing Tip: Tip for Starting a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

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Get Your Garden Ready for Planting

Till ‘er up! Sun Joe and other tillersBest-selling Fiskars and other garden hand tools Garden plastic mulch: our favorite ways to prevent weeds

More Tips for Planning Your Vegetable Garden

How to Pick the Best Home Garden SpotStarting a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden FAQsHow to Plan a Garden Layout for Growing Tomatoes and VegetablesPreparing Your Soil to Grow Tomatoes and Vegetables

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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