How to Successfully Grow a Vegetable Garden

Planting and maintaining your own vegetable garden takes time and care but is a fun, satisfying way to bring nutritious foods to your family’s table. If you are not sure where to start, below we share a step-by-step guide to growing a successful vegetable garden!

Small garden bed

Step 1: Plan

Plan out your garden. Choose a spot that gets full sun, at least 6 hours a day (8 to 10 hours is even better). Start small if this is your first garden; anything over 1 m x 1 m may require more time than you are prepared to commit. After your first successful year of gardening, you can always add to your garden to make it larger.

Grampie's super soil

Step 2: Remove Rocks and Debris from Soil

Remove any rocks, roots or debris from your soil and use a garden fork or spade to break up the soil to a depth of at least 15-20 cm. Using the fork, add a layer at least 5 cm deep of Grampie’s Super Soil and work it in to help stimulate root growth and ensure that you get the very best produce and herbs in your garden.

Vegetable garden seedling

Step 3: Plant Your Seedlings

Plant your vegetable or herb seedlings. Keep in mind how big your plants will grow, and plant taller plants on the north side of the patch. Ask your Feeds’n Needs Experts for helpful tips on spacing your seedlings depending on what vegetable you are planting. Inspect your garden for weeds, pests and diseases at least twice each week. Pull weeds by hand, identify any pests and use an appropriate pest remedy before the problem becomes serious. Be sure to remove any diseased plant parts promptly to avoid affecting others.

10-10-10 fertilizer or 6-12-12 fertilizer

Step 4: Feed Vegetables with Fertilizer Every 2 Months

Feed your garden every 2 months with 6-12-12 fertilizer or 10-10-10 fertilizer. Alternatively, apply water-soluble fertilizer approximately once every second week. During your next visit to your local Feeds’n Needs, ask our Experts what water-soluble fertilizer they recommend for your vegetable garden!

Watering vegetable garden plants

Step 5: Water as Needed

Water slowly with very little pressure so that the water has a chance to sink into the soil rather than running off. Water the soil rather than spraying the leaves of the plants, ideally in the very early morning before the sun becomes intense. Depending on the temperature, wind, soil type, spacing and type of plants, watering is usually required every second day unless it rains. If in doubt, stick your finger into the soil past the first joint and water if it feels dry.

Materials you will need:

  • Plants, vegetable seeds or bulbs of your choice
  • Grampie’s Super Soil
  • 6-12-12 Fertilizer or 10-10-10 Fertilizer

Tools you will need:

  • Shovel
  • Garden hoses
  • Fork or Spade

Sources: How to Grow an Organic Vegetable Garden | The Home Depot Canada

Susan Wells

Store Manager, Bridgewater NS