A few weeks ago I did a little presentation to a group of women on basic gardening. Now I don’t claim to be an expert at all, but growing up my family gardened in our backyard and Alan and I had our own garden at our local church building for the last 2 years. Sadly since we moved, we don’t get to garden this year. Nothing beats fresh fruits and veggies! If you have an opportunity to garden, DO IT! It’s totally worth it!
Here are some basic gardening tips to help you get started.
Q. When should I plant my garden?
Now is a great time! For those who have a colder winter, usually the rule is to plant after Mother’s Day. To be safe and miss any weird late frosts that can kill your plants, plant after Memorial Day. But do it soon! If you’re planting with seeds the frost won’t affect them and you should be good to go!
Q. What do I do to take care of my garden?
day for a few minutes. If you plant in a community garden, sometimes they have a watering system or drip line which will take care of the watering for you.
a week! The longer you wait, the worse
it will get! It’s better to get the
little weeds each week than try to fight huge ones.
once a week, twice if you can, so your vegetables don’t get too big before you
harvest. Otherwise you’ll end up with
squash the size of baseball bats and weeds the size of zucchini plants.
loosen the soil.
weeds, rocks, or left over roots.
plants in rows (read the directions on each package – it will tell you how deep to plant something and how far apart the plants need to be planted).
5. You can use starter plants if you’re worried that your seeds won’t grow. If you want to plant tomatoes, I would definitely use starter plants for those because they take extra time and effort to get to the plant stage. Most other fruits and vegetables you can start as seeds or bulbs and they grow pretty quickly. Make sure you buy tomato cages to support your tomato plants. We bought the smaller cheap cages which work for a while, but the tomatoes quickly grow out of them. I would suggest investing in bigger and stronger tomato cages.
Q. What grows well in a garden?