Vegetable Growing Tips

Touring gardens can be so much more than admiring someone else's garden.  We open our yards to share ideas, show what works and what does not work, and hopefully inspire you.  Some of our gardens sites have wonderful vegetable gardens, well worth taking a peek at.  We have top tips from our vegetable gardeners:

As we age, raised gardens become more practical.  Patty & Phil LaPorte, we have raised beds and a rain barrel gathering system for watering.

The Friends of the Huron County Museum and Friends of the Huron Historic Gaol, both located in Goderich, are managed by a gourp of volunteers.  They have planted the vegetable gardens as a way of giving back to the community with knowledge and vegetables for the Huron County Foods Banks.  The garden at the Gaol is reminiscent of the one used by prisoners and the warden's family when the gaol was operational and is located within the walls of the site.

One tomato plant feeds a family of 4.  Amazing, simple and so easy.  Karen Redmond loves her tomatoes that can be grown in a large pot on the patio.

Ron & Linda Henhoeffer grow climbing beans on an obelisk.  The beans will take up less room and are much easier to pick, especially for the grandchildren!

Keeping ahead of the weeds early on in the season, makes for more fun when harvesting, suggests Carol Steckle.  Use mulch once the seedlings are up and cut your weeding chores.

Have a rain barrel located as close to the gardens as possible!  Jacqui LaPorte knows rainwater is always the right temperature and encourages good growth.

Putting effort into properly staking tomatoes, beans, peas, etc., along a fence or trellis gives greater yields and keeps the veggies cleaner.  Gwen Richardson recommends running the fence east to west, not north to south at the north edge of your garden.  Growing sun loving plants to the south and shade veggies like lettuce and spinach north of your fence.

On your tour of the gardens, do take note of what plants are around the vegetable gardens to attract a healthy population of pollinators.  One can have your veggies and flowers too!