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Grow an Edible Garden

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Grow An Edible Garden

Cultivate a crop of herbs and vegetables in your backyard.

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What you'll need

* Pots [terra-cotta or ceramic are best; plastic tends to get too hot for plants

* Peat-based potting soil like[ MiracleGrow] which will drain easily and allow roots to spread.

* Raw eggs, in shells

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* Seeds [herbs such as sage, thyme, basil, and rosemary and vegetables such as lettuce, green beans, peas, eggplant, peppers, summer squash, and tomatoes flourish in containers-look for seed packets that say 'compact "or 'space savers'.

* Plant markers

* Gardening gloves

* Trowel

*Screwdriver

Before you begin

Drill five or six ΒΌ-inch drainage holes in the bottom of any pots that don't have them. To figure out the best placement for your garden, observe your yard at different times throughout the day. : The ideal location gets at least six hours of sunlight. Nearly all vegetables will grow better in full sunlight than in shade, but some crops [lettuce mustard greens ]can tolerate more shade than others [ onions tomatoes].If you're cramped for space consider grouping several different plants together in one large[20 inch diameter or bigger ] pot.

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Prepare the pot.

The size of your pot depends on the size of your plant:20 inch diameter pots work well for tomatoes and eggplants, and 4 inch pots are gre4at for herbs.; Fillthe pot with 2 inches of potting soil . Place one uncracked raw egg in the pot as it decomposes, it will serve as a natural fertilizer.- and cover with soil..

Make holes

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