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How to Grow a Kitchen Garden

Here at Best Feeds Garden Centers, we are experts in helping our Pittsburgh and Gibsonia customers grow healthy flavorful vegetables and herbs successfully,  So come on in and make sure you get the best plants that will get you started on the right path.  Now here are a few vegetable garden basics.

There are many varieties of vegetables that allow gardeners to grow a vegetable garden almost anywhere. There are compact varieties that can be grown in containers and raised beds. Heirloom plants have great flavor and have an old fashioned shape or color that has been passed down from one generation to the next.

For beginning gardeners, there are specially grown plants and seeds that have outstanding disease resistance and are easy to grow.

 If soil is heavy with clay it will be difficult to grow a vegetable garden . The soil needs to be amended (mixed) with a conditioner so that young seedlings sprout. We recommend using Best Feeds Soil Conditioner.

The ideal garden is rich in organic matter and well drained. Make sure the soil is not too wet to plant. If when you begin to dig with a shove, and you find that the soil is shinny and smooth it is still too wet to plant. Also check the pH, 6.2 to 6.8 is ideal. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the easiest vegetables to grow?

In the Pittsburgh are (USDA Zone 6a) The easiest vegetables to grow are the ones that you love.  These are vegetables you will be excited to take care of and learn how to grow. Especially easy are lettuce, peas and beans. 

What is most important when planting vegetables?

Soil and fertilizer. Vegetables and herbs are annuals and they spend the entire season making fruits so healthy soil and fertilizer make healthy plants the are resistant to disease and pests.