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How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

Wondering how to grow spring vegetables from seed or directly from garden center plants?  Here at Best Feeds Garden Centers, we are experts in helping our Pittsburgh and Gibsonia customers do this successfully, so come on in and make sure you get the best deeds and products that will get you started on the right path.  Now here are a few vegetable garden basics.

There are many varieties of vegetables that allow gardeners to grow a vegetable garden almost anywhere. There are compact varieties that can be grown in containers and raised beds. Heirloom plants have great flavor and have an old fashioned shape or color that has been passed down from one generation to the next.

For beginning gardeners, there are specially grown plants and seeds that have outstanding disease resistance and are easy to grow.

In the spring, make sure that soil temperatures are at about 50 degrees before planting. If soil is heavy with clay it will be difficult to grow a vegetable garden from seed. The soil needs to be amended (mixed) with a conditioner so that young seedlings sprout. We recommend using Best Feeds Soil Conditioner.

The ideal garden is rich in organic matter and well drained. Make sure the soil is not too wet to plant. If when you begin to dig with a shove, and you find that the soil is shinny and smooth it is still too wet to plant. Also check the pH, 6.2 to 6.8 is ideal. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best early vegetables to grow?

In the Pittsburgh are (USDA Zone 6a) it is best to directly plant seeds now that it is April.  It is too late to plant seeds indoors for early results.  Seed potatoes, onion sets, peas, kale, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, and radish can all be planted now.

What are seed potatoes and how do you plant?

Seed potatoes are not actually seeds.   They are specially grown potatoes for planting and growing potatoes.  Potatoes from the store are treated with sprout inhibitors that prevent the growth of tubers (more potatoes) and disease.  Cut the seed in sections with at least one eye pre section.  Plant potatoes 6-8 inches deep and 12 inches apart with cut side down.