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6 Important Questions About Preparation for Growing Vegetables

Written by Naomi Meza


Posted on November 18 2022

Planning ahead doubles your chances of enjoying an uneventful growing season and a handsome harvest from your vegetable garden.

Most gardeners don't know how to prepare a vegetable garden for planting and inevitably have many questions.

We've gathered a list of frequently asked questions about garden prep work for your vegetables.


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1. What Kind of Sun Exposure and Space Do I Need?

Woman planting lettuce in raised garden bed

Location is a crucial aspect when planting anything.

It dictates the amount of sunlight and water received and access to nutrients depending on how your garden and the surrounding environment are set up.


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Your vegetables need eight hours of sunlight daily in a spot where soil drainage is not an issue.

Planting your crops in rows that run east to west helps maximize sun exposure by reducing plants shadowing each other.

2. What Do I Need to Do to My Soil to Get it Ready?

Person holding soil in hands

There are many ways you can ready your soil for your vegetables, and it depends on the state of the soil you are working with.

If the soil is compacted, you need to add sand or an alternative to improve drainage.

You also need to remove any big stones and other debris in the soil.


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If your soil has been used for planting, you may want to add some nutrients.

One way you can do this is by using organic feather meal fertilizer or sulfate of Potash Magnesia.

3. What is a Raised-Bed Garden, and Why Would I Do that Instead of the Traditional Garden?

Raised garden beds of leafy greens

Does your garden have poor soil? You can address this problem by creating a raised garden.

Raised gardening involves adding important soil components to the surface and mixing it up with a layer of garden soil.

A raised garden is prone to drying up faster than the surrounding soil, so you need to pay extra attention to watering your vegetables.

4. What Are Ways to Maximize the Output in My Small Garden Space?

Vertical hydroponic garden with lettuce plants

Space is a luxury in many city dwelling areas, so how can one maximize the garden output in a small garden space?

One way to do this is by planting vertical gardens.


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The trick with vertical gardens is ensuring your vegetables still get enough sunlight, water, and nutrients from the soil.

5. What Flowering Plants Can Help Deter Pests From Vegetables?

Thyme plant in white pots on kitchen counter

No matter where you are, if your plants can grow, pests can thrive, so you need to think of ways to ward off these pesky freeloaders.

Some flowers and herbs can deter these critters from munching on your delicious vegetables.

Some of them include rosemary, sage, thyme, and mint.


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6. What is the Best Fertilizer for a Vegetable Garden?


Each vegetable has unique nutritional needs, so the most suitable fertilizer for your garden depends on the specific vegetable you plant.

Our Organic Feather Meal Fertilizer is quite popular amongst our customers because of its multipurpose use.

You can also try our Sulfate of Potash Magnesia which has been proven to aid in producing a plump harvest.

The Take-Away

Finding the best fertilizer for vegetable gardens is easy once you know your plant's nutritional needs.

Don't forget to plant your vegetables during the right season because incompatible weather is a common vegetable killer.

Try our Organic Feather Meal Fertilizer 12-0-0 or Sulfate of Potash Magnesia 0-0-21.5 today and transform your gardening journey.



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