Vegetable gardening 101

If you’ve been inspired to try growing your own vegetable garden during the pandemic, here are three steps to follow to get your best harvest.

Plan • Choose a spot with plenty of sunlight. • Make sure you have easy access to water. • Map your garden. Plant tall crops like corn north or west of short crops. • Plan to use companion planting, such as marigolds, in your veggie garden to naturally deter bugs.

Plant • Start your seeds for tomatoes, peppers and broccoli early indoors. • Wait until after the last spring frost to start planting outdoors. • Check with your garden supply retailer for high-quality seeds and plants. • Plant in straight rows to make cultivating, harvesting and insect control easier. • Feed your soil with the right balance of nutrients using a good quality fertilizer. • Water plants regularly, especially in the early stages.

Protect • Monitor your plants often for signs of pests and disease. (Tip: remove the bottom third of leaves on tomatoes to help prevent mold and rot.) • Remove weeds and insect-ravaged plants. • Encourage beneficial insects in your garden. • If a pest problem persists, apply a pest control product following the instructions on the label.

Pesticides available in stores have been approved by Heath Canada as safe for people, pets and the environment.

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