Planting Vegetables: Simple Way to Start

Planting vegetables is a satisfying way to enjoy the benefits of homegrown gardening, wholesome flavor, health benefits, and lots of Vitamin D!

If you’ve been mentally stuck in the mud and afraid to get going, here’s the best part- It’s NOT HARD to grow a garden! In fact, it’s pretty simple.

The first thing you need to know before you begin to grow is: Are you going to plant in a pot, a raised bed or in the ground? It’s up to you. It’s a personal preference. With the right love, you can grow anything in anyway.

It’s a safe to generalize all vegetable plants in our area enjoy a full sun spot. Lettuce may be a slight exception to this rule. Lettuce plants enjoy more morning sun, but the sun after 1pm can be intense for them. Water your vegetable plants as needed. What does this mean? If it rains, wait a day or two until they seem to be thirsty again. If there hasn’t been rain for a while, water every other day or every day in the heat and dry conditions. Watering in the morning is typically preferred. When watered at night, plants are more susceptible to funguses and snails/slugs looking for a damp environment.

“What soil do I use?” This is a very common, and excellent, question. Since you are planning to consume what you decide to grow, the soil needs to be organic.

If you are planting in the ground, either directly in the ground or in a raised bed, we recommend the Happy Frog Soil Conditioner mixed in with our bed builder product.  This bag is full of finely-screened aged forest products, earthworm castings, and bat guano, as well as soil microbes to help increase root efficiency and encourage nutrient uptake. There is also humic acid, which may increase the uptake of important micronutrients to your vegetable plants.

If you are planting in a container, we recommend either the Happy Frog Potting Mix or the Ocean Forest Potting Mix. Since your plants will be in containers, the roots can’t seek out nutrition in the ground, so you have to bring it to them from a potting mix. The Happy Frog mix is amended with soil microbes that can help improve root efficiency and encourage nutrient uptake. The Ocean Forest Potting Mix is a powerhouse blend of aged forest products, sphagnum peat moss, earthworm castings, bat guano, fish emulsion, and crab meal. Either mix would benefit your vegetable garden.

Now that you have your vegetable plants in their soil, when do you fertilize and what do we recommend? No matter which product you select for fertilizing, there will be a recommended dosage/timetable on the package. Two of our recommended fertilizers are Happy Frog Tomato & Vegetable Fertilizer and Dr. Earth’s Home Grown Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer. Happy Frog® Tomato & Vegetable Fertilizer is specifically formulated for use on all veggies, tomato varieties, soft fruits and berries. The nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in this blend supply the nutrition necessary to support the vegetative and flowering stages of plant growth. This fertilizer also contains calcium which helps prevent blossom end rot and builds stronger cell walls, boosting the plants ability to resist disease. Mycorrhizal fungi are included to help increase root efficiency, which may enhance nutrient uptake and water absorption. The Dr. Earth blend is handcrafted from feed grade ingredients. Enriched with organic nutrients found naturally in land plants, ocean plants, fish, fish bones and mined minerals from the earth. This nutritionally balanced formula promotes very rich and healthy soil equipped to grow the healthiest plants.

If insects begin to enjoy the vegetables that should be in your belly instead, we recommend applying any organic product containing Spinosad. You have the problems- we have the solutions!

Now that you know, you’re ready to grow! Get out there and DIG IT!