- The Vegetable Garden Resources -

Why should I plant a vegetable garden?   

 

The health benefits are described at these websites: 

 https://www.burke.org/blog/2016/4/the-benefits-of-growing-a-vegetable-garden/83 

 https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/backyard-gardening-grow-your-own-food-improve-your-health-201206294984

 

Where should the garden be situated on our property?  How do I pick the right location?  

 

The area should be level, well-drained soil, rich soil, and receive 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day.  Planting rows should face North and South to receive maximum amount of sun.  Note:   East/West planting results in too much shade.  For more information see:

http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/FactSheets/vegetable-garden-basics-and-plant-selections-for-the-home-garden.php

 

How do I prepare the soil? Should I test the soil? 

 

Consult the UCONN soil and Nutrient Analysis Lab:  http://www.soiltest.uconn.edu/

 

How do I amend the soil?   

 

This website contains some useful information.

https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/f/575/files/2016/07/Veggie-Info-Sheet-2016-1jsq90e.pdf

 

What does “organic” mean?  

 

Organic gardening does not use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.  It is self-sufficient and sustainable, and the vegetables produced are more nutritious and may have a brighter flavor.       

More information can be found here: https://extension.psu.edu/growing-an-organic-garden-the-fundamentals

 

Why is it important to have an organic garden?  

 

Organic gardens do not use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, reduce pollution, and the veggies are higher in antioxidants and are healthier for you and your family.  

 

These websites provide more information: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/5/e1406     

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/organic-food/art-20043880

 

How do I decide which vegetables to plant?

 

Information can be found on these websites: 

http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/FactSheets/seed-companies.php   

http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/FactSheets/vegetable-garden-basics-and-plant-selections-for-the-home-garden.php         

https://blog.extension.uconn.edu/ask-uconn-extension/

 

How do I interpret the information on a seed packet?    

 

This website explains how to read the packet.  https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/seedpkt.html