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Vegetable Garden

inspired by the “top fruits and vegetables” thread, and dismayed with my local food stores who continue to chisel down the quality of everything, i’ve decided that “the best” vegetables are going to be the ones that i walk out the back door to pick.

i’ve purchased a good selection of seeds but i haven’t a clue how to start them or lay out a garden. any good links or tips to put me on the right track would be greatly appreciated. some questions i have :

  • what are the objectives when planning the lay-out for the garden ?

  • for stuff i’m starting indoors what medium to use ?

  • do i sow single seeds in single spots or several seeds in a single spot ?

  • if i want spinach, lettuce, kale, chard etc. all summer do i keep planting it all summer or does it grow back ?

  • fertilizer ? mulch ? plastic ? should i stake the tomatoes ?

i’m so looking forward to this summer’s bounty !