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Title: A Surefire Way To Growing Vegetables In Your Garden

  • A Surefire Way To Growing Vegetables In Your

  • The secret to growing vegetables is in the
  • Like an epic wine that takes its flavour from
    the land where the grape is grown, vegetables are
    also effected by the soil.

  • The taste of vegetables can be impacted by the
    soil, and the quality of soil that you use. The
    idea that locally-grown produce taste better is
    not just a happy notion to make people feel good
    its a reality.

  • Since you cant get more local than your own
    backyard, create an environment where your
    vegetablesand plants, shrubs and flowerscan not
    only grow, but thrive!

  • bout That Mississauga Soil In Your Backyard
  • Fact The natural soil types found in the
    Mississauga area arent necessarily conducive to
    that perfect vegetable garden. Most of the area
    is comprised of three soil compositions, two of
    which are heavy in clay heavy clay and coarse
    clay. These can be difficult to plant in, being
    too heavy or too compact.

  • The rich, organic soil of the Holland Marsh,
    on the other hand, where a full 55 of Ontarios
    produce is grown, is fertile and primed for
    growing produce including carrots, onions,
    parsnip, potatoes, cabbage, beets, tomatoes,
    cucumbers and more!

  • While you might not want to move to the Marsh,
    you can bring soil that is native to that area to
    your home, to enhance your vegetable (and flower
    / shrub) beds.

  • Three Types Of Soil For Your Garden
  • Vegetable soilThis should be a combination of
    peat loam, compost and manure, as it is at
    Holland Marsh.

  • A fertile organic soil will be active, in
    that it will contain organic matter that will
    help keep moisture in and keep the soil alive
    with organisms, bacterias and fungi all the
    things that make the soil diverse, and which then
    produce a tasty vegetable.

  • Overseeding soilA combination of peat loam
    and compost, this is a weed free soil that is
    meant to be combined with grass seed, to promote
    grass growth.

  • TopsoilA filler type soil that is best used
    for filling uneven ground areas, creating raised
    beds and landscapes, and as a base for fresh sod.
    Its also good for planting shrubs and trees.

  • When To Plant
  • Every spring, the question arises when is it
    okay to start working the soil and begin
    planting? Ignoring for the moment the question of
    air temperature, the issue for soil is moisture.

  • If you start to work the soil too early, it
    will be too wet and dense from thawing and
    snowmelt, as well as spring rains, and will clump.

  • Those clumps dont break down later into the
    smaller, loose dirt particles that you need to
    create air pockets in the ground for plant roots
    to thrive in. If your soil is clumping, its too

  • You can test your soil to see if its ready to
    start being tilled and worked take a baseball
    size amount of soil that you think is relatively
    dry and squeeze it until it compacts into an
    actual ball shape.

  • Then drop the ball from about table height. If
    it crumbles into loose soil, your soil is dry
    enough to begin your spring digging. If it breaks
    into large pieces or not at all, its still too

  • Preparing Your Soil
  • Once youve determined that your soil is dry
    enough to begin digging, you need to clear the
    vegetable beds of any debris that accumulated
    over the winter twigs, rocks, etc

  • Then you can start working your soil, which
    means turning it over and digging down, at least
    10 to 12 inches. Vegetable plants root fairly
    deeply. This is the point where you want to add
    your vegetable soil and work it through the soil
    in the bed.

  • Particularly in the Mississauga area, where
    clay is a major composite of standard soil,
    adding clay-free vegetable soil will aerate the
    existing earth and create the air pockets your
    plants will need to germinate.

  • The active, organic composition of the veggie
    soil will also help to retain necessary moisture
    and nutrients.

  • Creating New Beds?
  • If youre new to vegetable gardening or
    creating new beds for the season, you can start
    off on the right foot (or bed!) by making sure
    that you plan for the best outcome!

  • PositioningMany vegetable plants, including
    tomatoes, need a lot of sunlight to grow and to
    keep disease at bay, so placing your beds in
    relatively sunny, well drained areas of your
    garden is ideal.

  • SizingMake sure that your vegetable beds are
    big enough to leave space between your plants.
    Too close together and they will suffocate, get
    overly humid and be prone to more disease. You
    might also find one creating shade over another
    and stunting the growth.

  • The right foundation for any vegetable bed is
    going to be, first and foremost, the soil. The
    right base will retain an appropriate amount of
    moisture while still creating those all-important
    air pockets for roots to germinate and take, and
    will supply nutrients to the seedlings that your
    veggies need.

  • Start with the right base, and youll find it
    easier to grow a steady supply of succulent
    vegetables, all season long.

  • To find out more about soil types, or to
    purchase soil, visit us at www.gardenbag.ca. If
    you live in Mississauga, well deliver your soil
    for free!
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