MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fresh summer vegetables always seem to taste better when they come from your garden, and gardening expert Susie Bachman of Bachman’s has some great advice on getting started.
Bachman said the first thing you want to do is pick out the veggies you want to plant and grow. A good place to start is only plant things you like to eat or else it will just go to waste.
She said seeds can be very economical, but they are not always easy to grow.
Things like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and herbs usually do best for beginning gardeners when purchased in plant form. They are already developed and will grow better for you because they are past the delicate seedling stage.
Other things like peas, beans, corn, and carrots are very easy to grow from seeds.
Once you have your veggies picked out, you want to prepare a plot of land that is flat and gets at least six hours of sun a day.
Bachman said you will need to till the soil, add in peat moss or compost as well as an organic all-purpose fertilizer to get it prepared before planting.
Vegetable gardens also do great in containers. Bachman said you just need a container that is at least 12 inches in diameter.
Any veggie will grow in a container, but just be sure and use a stake for trailing or vine plants.
Another tip: add flowers to the base of the container so you can have a veggie and flower garden all in one.