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To start these tender vegetables for early crops, artificial heat, as in hotbeds, is needed. Otherwise, for early crops, buy plants from commercial growers, or from local growers who produce them with artificial heat. Tender vegetables that do not transplant such as melons, cucumbers, cantaloupes, and squash, should not be planted outdoors until soil has warmed up. These may, however, be started earlier in small pots in a hotbead.
To make most out of your gardening efforts, take time to do some planning. Also keep a record of wheather you had too much or too little of certain vegatables at any time during season for a continuous supply. Don't trust it all to memory.
Things to consider when planting.
1. How much of each vegetable to grow to supply your family needs.
2. Which vegetables are most need for good health.
3. How much extra to plant for storage
4. Which varities are best to plant.
5. When to plant for continuous growth and supply.
6. Which pesticides are best for control of insects and diseases.
7. Supplies needed such as, sprayers, dusters, tools, fertilizer, or mulching material.
Jotting this down on paper, plus any notes made during season about special pest problems or how a new variety or practice turned out, will be valuable next season when planning and planting time roll around.
Charles French is a freenlance writer and webmaster for Decorating Country Home