How do you start your own garden?
It's easy! Just a few steps to get started.
Step One: Gather Tools and Materials
- Soil thermometer
- String and stakes
- Measuring tape
- Steel rake
- Vegetable seeds
- Water source-sprinkler, hose and/or watering can
- Fertilizer/Additional soil
- Source: The National Gardening Association
- Locate the garden away from buildings and trees.
- Have the garden where it is convenient to your house and to water.
- The garden should be well drained but not droughty.
- Locate the garden on the best soil available -- a sandy loam soil is best.
- Protect the plot, whether large or small, with a good fence.
- Source: The Farm
The National Garden Association recommends, "In general, plant cool-season crops (peas, lettuce, greens, cole crops, and root crops) so they can mature before the onset of mid-summer heat or freezing autumn weather. Some, such as peas and spinach, will germinate in soils as cool as 40° F. Most cool-season crops will germinate and grow if planted about two weeks before the last spring frost.
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. These crops require soil temperatures between 60° and 70° F."
The Garden Helper has an awesome chart where vegetables are listed alphabetically with information on when to plant, how deep to plant the seeds and the distance needed between seeds. For example, I am planting:
- Should plant- April and again in July
- Space between other plants=2-4" and space needed between rows=18-24"
- Plant 1/2" deep
- Will mature in 90 days
What if I don't have room for a garden?
No problem! There are several solutions. For one thing, many places have public gardens that you can pay a small fee to have your own plot. See if there is one in your area HERE.
Also, small, portable gardens can work for any type of living situation. Here are a few of my favorites:
Filing Cabinet Planter Box
via Design Sponge
An Earth Box
Happy Planting and Growing!