Presented by Scotts Miracle-Gro
No one is a green thumb right from the start. After all, it takes some time to learn the fundamentals of vegetable and herb gardening.
Here are a few essentials tips when starting your first edible garden:
1. Plant in a sunny spot. Your garden needs to be in a space that has enough sunlight. Plants get the energy they need from sunlight, and if they don’t have it they simply won’t grow well.
Most veggies and herbs need six hours of “full” sunlight per day. Some vegetables and herbs can still grow in “part shade” areas. Each Bonnie Plant comes with a tag that tells you how much sunlight the plant will need.
2. Use the right soil. All dirt isn’t the same. Most plants won’t grow in soil that is too soggy, hard, rocky or lacking in nutrients. What plants really need is well-draining, nutrient-rich soil.
Mix three inches of Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Vegetables & Herbs in with the top six to eight inches of existing soil.
3. Give plants space to grow. Your plants need some personal space. You don’t want them to have to fight for sunlight, water or nutrients. A small plant will get bigger over time, so be sure to follow the spacing guidelines found on each Bonnie Plants tag.
4. Water properly. Over-watering can cause the roots to rot, while under-watering means the plant isn’t getting the nutrients it needs to grow. Most vegetables and herbs need about one inch of water per week (more when it’s hot outside).
Check the soil before watering by sticking your finger into it about an inch; if the soil is dry then your plants need a drink.
5. Feed your plants. Water and sunlight are good, but plants need a steady diet of plant food, too. Plants remove nutrients from the soil as they grow, and those nutrients need to be replaced in order to get the best harvest.
A month after planting, feed your plants with Miracle-Gro® Shake ‘N Feed® All Purpose Plant Food.
6. Follow these simple tips and your thumb will get green in no time at all.