Tools -You’ll need quite a few tools to ensure that your garden will be a success. A spade, garden rake and hoe are all important for your new garden. You will also need to water your garden with a hose or watering cans. A pair of gardening gloves will help keep your hands clean and prevent them from getting cut by thorns and other sharp objects. A couple other supplies that may help are stakes and string to help your plants grow as they get bigger. Mulch and row covers are also great tools.

Organic – Growing your own vegetable garden is great because you can control exactly what you’re feeding yourself and your family. Some gardeners will buy organic seeds and fertilizers, which are slightly more expensive, but the best way to create safe, healthy vegetables is to avoid using pesticides of any kind. You can imagine the kinds of chemicals you would need to keep pesky insects away from your vegetables, and it’s nothing you’d want to feed to your family.

Time to Get Planting – The soil should be ready before you get planting; pick up a handful of soil and make a fist, if the soil stays clumped in your hand it is too wet to begin planting. Your soil can’t be too wet, because it will compact too easily and destroy the structure of the soil. You will need to wait until it’s dryer before planting. Once the soil is ready, remove as much grass as you can and dig up or till the soil. You will need to form beds by raking the clumps of soil out and shaping your beds or rows. If you want to ensure that your vegetables are spaced out enough, you should use stakes and string.

Seasonal Crops -Again, this is something your County Extension Office should know; it’s important to find out when the last frost was in your area or when it normally occurs. This will have a major impact on the kinds of vegetables you can grow. Cool-weather crops go out a few weeks before the last frost and warm-weathered crops have to be planted after the last frost.

 

  • Cool-weathered crops include peas, lettuce, cabbage, kale, radishes, beets, and potatoes. Carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and onions.

 

 

  • Warm-weathered crops include Tomatoes, beans, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and corn.

 

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