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Planting a Vegetable Garden



Planting a Vegetable Garden
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     challenging words:    fertilizer, vegetable, easily, supplies, canned, reward, thing, rows, quickly, case, sounds, stretch, sunlight, toward, better, spells


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Planting a Vegetable Garden
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Vegetable gardens are a good thing to have at your house. They take time to take care of but there are many rewards. The best reward is the food that comes out of the garden. The food that you grow can be frozen or canned so you can use it long after the plants are done growing.
 
2     The first thing that you need to figure out is where to put the garden. Close to the house is a good idea. You can get to the food in the garden quickly and easily. But your garden needs at least six hours of sunlight every day. This means you may have to put the garden a little farther from the house.
 
3     The soil where you put the garden should also drain well. Water should not make puddles in the garden after it rains. The ground should be wet but not so wet that you can't walk in the garden until the dirt dries.
 
4     Try to choose a spot that is close to a water supply. You don't want to put the garden in a place you can't reach with the hose. During the summer the garden will need a lot of water. The closer you are to the water, the easier the job will be for you to do.
 
5     After you pick a spot, you will need to get the dirt ready for plants. You may have to put fertilizer in the dirt to get it ready. If you aren't sure what kind of fertilizer to use, go to a garden store and ask for help. They will be able to help you find what you need to make sure your plants grow well.

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