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Daring to start a garden this spring, brown thumb and all

I am determined even with my brown thumb to plant a vegetable and herb garden this year! We eat so many vegetables and salads and I love the idea that I would be able to walk outside to pick fresh veggies for dinner. However, if you ask my husband, he will tell you that I do not even water the plants in the house so he of course is not convinced I can do this on my own. Neither am I! So instead, my hope is to do the research and planning and then pass the rest to him.

What really fascinates me are raised gardens that don’t use a lot of space so I am starting my research and this is where I am so far…

  • Plant heat-loving, warm-season crops (such as squash, beans, corn, melons, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers) after the soil has warmed, about two weeks after the last frost in spring.
  • Plant cool-season crops (peas, lettuce, greens, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and beets) so they can mature before the onset of mid-summer heat or freezing autumn weather.
  • Location… Fruiting plants must have adequate light, water, and nutrients in order to produce fruits and vegetables. Most vegetables need about 8 hours of sunlight a day and about 1″ of water a week.
  • Plant calendar… Plant heat-loving, warm-season crops (such as squash, beans, corn, melons, and cucumbers) only after the soil has warmed, about two weeks after the last frost in spring.
  • Prepare the soil… When the soil is dry enough to crumble after squeezing and warm enough to plant, add compost. Make sure your plants don’t shade each other by planting taller or staked vegetables (such as corn, beans, and peas) on the north end of the garden, medium-sized plants (like cabbage, tomatoes, and squash) in the middle, and shorter crops (including carrots, lettuce, and beets) at the south end.

So we will be continuing to add more tips and ideas as we find them but we would also welcome your tips… SHARE BELOW!

April 20, 2015

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