Vegetable Gardening 101: For Beginners

Once you’ve completed the difficult task of getting started on your vegetable garden, including deciding where to put your garden and what plants to put in the ground, there are plenty of steps you can take to ensure your vegetables are healthy throughout the growing season. All Joe’s Market Basket locations have the supplies, materials and expertise needed to help you produce the best, freshest-tasting vegetables.

When to Water
Being nervous about watering your vegetable garden too much or too little isn’t uncommon. Luckily, there are a few tips on how to ensure you’re watering your garden the right amount. First, a good rule of thumb is when it’s extremely hot during the summer, you’re going to need to water your vegetable garden every single day. The only time you won’t need to water during the summer is when it rains. During the cooler growing periods of the year, check the top couple of inches of your garden soil. If it’s moist, you probably don’t need to water the garden.

Using Fertilizer
Using fertilizer is a great way to add nutrition to otherwise depleted soil, and fertilizer is just a great way to give your garden a little boost. Joe’s Market Basket carries a variety of fertilizers, including Milorganite. Milorganite is an organic fertilizer that can be used on a variety of different plants and adds important nutrients like nitrogen to your vegetable garden.

Weeding and Using Mulch
Eliminating weeds and using mulch are two essential parts of keeping your vegetable garden healthy. Weeds take vital nutrition away from your vegetables, so make sure you pull weeds daily as they appear in your garden. Mulch helps keep weeds down while also providing other benefits like locking moisture into the soil. Joe’s Market Basket sells different types of mulch that fit all different types and styles of vegetable gardens.

Harvesting
It might seem obvious, but harvesting your vegetables throughout the season is important. Letting vegetables sit on their respective plants for too long decreases freshness and taste. Vegetable plants also grow much better when continually picked, providing room for more delectable veggies to grow.

No matter if you’re looking to get started on your vegetable garden and need new seeds and plants, or if you’ve already got your plants in the ground and need maintenance supplies, Joe’s Market Basket has everything you need for a successful year of growing your favorite vegetables.

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