Vegetables That Grow Well In Poor Soil Conditions



A gardener’s dream is soil that is rich, dark, and has good drainage. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for all of us. Sometimes, soil is rocky, compact, or clay-like.

This may seem like a huge misfortune, but have some hope because here are the best vegetables to grow in poor soil.
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These plants will do well in your soil whether you start them from a starter plant or seed, but if you have a climate that is on the cooler side then you should give the tomatoes a head start by using a starter plant. Dig down far so that the plant has deep roots and keep in mind that tomatoes prefer acidic soil.


If this is an issue, you can add lime to the soil to make it more acidic and sulfur in order to decrease the acidity. The ideal pH is six or seven on the scale.
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  • Zucchini – This plant is super simple to grow! It may be, perhaps, the simplest plant to grow, along with some others from the squash family. One or two plants will produce more than enough. Water the zucchini generously every day and place it in a spot that has partial to full sunlight. The pH of the soil for the zucchini should be around six or seven.
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  • Radish – Fairly simple vegetable to grow and requires a pH of six or seven. Again, just add lime to raise the pH and sulfur to decrease the pH. If you do not know the pH of your soil you can purchase a kit to test it. Plant the radish in a spot that gets full sun and water it every few days.


  • Carrots – They do well in poor soil, but if the soil is rocky the will grow to look crooked. They will still taste great though! If you can, get the pH to be around five or six and make sure they get sun for at least half a day. Watering will be less necessary as the carrots reach maturity.
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  • Green/String Beans – They not only do well in poor soil, but they improve the quality of the soil by adding nitrogen. The beans will need warm weather and if you harvest before they reach full maturity then they will be sweeter. Full to partial sunlight exposure and a pH of 5.8 to 7 is best.
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