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White Flower Farm's Top Ten Tips for Growing Vegetables

Growing your own vegetables is not hard! You don't even need a lot of space, and you can grow vegetables in containers, too. Here are some great suggestions from White Flower Farm (

(1) Choose a sunny location. Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of strong sunlight each day. They will not produce well in partial shade or shade.

(2) Start small. If you are a first-time grower, begin with just a few types of vegetables. You won't become overwhelmed. Learn the basics and expand on your success the following year.

(3) Try containers first. For an easy start, grow tomatoes in a pot on a sunny deck or patio. You will have an ample harvest and can learn the basics of watering.

(4) Plant in well-drained soil. If you plant in the ground, choose a well-drained site - one where water doesn't pool after rain or watering with a hose. Don't plant until the ground has thawed and is no longer muddy.

(5) Add organic material. Work in dried aged manure or shrimp and seaweed compost to your soil or potting mix. Organic material supplies nutrients for your plants and helps retain moisture around their roots. You'll fertilize and water less frequently.

(6) Fence your garden. Use a wire fence to keep out small animals and pets. Avoid fencing or other barriers that will shade your plants.

(7) Limit the size. In your first year, grow vegetables, such as peppers and tomatoes, that won't take over your yard. Pumpkins, watermelons, and corn need lots of growing area!

(8) Follow the sun. Plant your garden in east-west rows, and position tall plants, such as pole beans, on the north side. This keeps each row from shading its neighbors.

(9) Make it easy. Save time and weeks of care by purchasing tomatoes and peppers as young plants, rather than starting them from seed indoors. The seeds of other crops, such as beans, carrots, peas, radishes, and lettuce, can be sown directly in the garden.

(10) More water is not better. Water is a basic need of all plants, but check the soil or potting mix first. Don't just water on a schedule. Supply water when the weather is dry and don't overwater during wet periods!

Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts.

Please contact: Deborah Broide,
Deborah Broide Publicity,
(973) 744-2030,

White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit, where you will also find helpful gardening information including how-to videos. Join our E-mail list for gardening advice and tips, From the Farm monthly newsletter, announcement of events at the White Flower Farm Store, and special offers not in our catalogues or on our Web site.

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