woman tending to vegetable garden in front yard, vegetable garden problems solved
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Solving Vegetable Garden Disasters

You planted your favorites, then planned a season's worth of farm-to-table meals around your anticipated bounty. But you wound up with a harvest of bitter lettuce, cracked tomatoes, crooked carrots, and no idea where you went wrong. Don't toss those menus yet. This Old House surveyed gardeners around the country about quandaries ranging from no-show seedlings to overgrown zucchinis. Follow our advice on how to overcome them, and you'll be prepared to get this gardening season off to a fresh start—and a delicious finish.

Shown: Fruit-bearing plants—like tomatoes, cucumbers, and the eggplants seen above—do best with 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day.
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