Spring is finally here! Have you ever started a garden? If not, now is the time to start! Gardens are amazing because it is a healthy hobby to have and you create your own organic food to eat. Here are a few steps on starting a garden:
- Find the best spot to start your garden. Ideally you want it to be close to your house, where water is readily available and fully exposed to the sun.
- Next you want to get the right soil. Ask your local home and garden store expert for help choosing a soil. When you purchase your soil, you’ll want to use a tiller or a garden fork to turn the soil to prepare it for plants. Then add compost to it. You can purchase this at the store or use rotted sawdust, decomposed animal manure or leaf mold. Compost will improve the soil and get it ready to give you the best plants ever!
- Start planning what you want to plant and plan the layout of your garden. Make sure you create walkways in your garden so you don’t walk on the vegetables. Decide what you want to plan and where you’ll plan it. Ask your local home and garden specialist for help on choosing seeds.
- When choosing seeds, ask which ones are best planted in spring. Here’s a chart as well:
Spring Vegetables and Their Planting Dates (This website is also helpful):
Asparagus, Jan 15 – Mar 1
Beets, Feb 15 – April 1
Broccoli, Feb 15 – Mar 15
Cabbage, Jan 15 – Mar 15
Carrots, Jan 15 – Mar 29
Cauliflower, Mar 1 – Apr 1
Collards, Feb 15 – Mar 15
Kale, Feb 1 – Mar 10
Lettuce, Jan 15 – Mar 1
Mustard, Jan 15 – Apr 1
Onions, Jan 1 – Mar 15
Peas, Jan 15 – Feb 15
Potatoes, Irish, Jan 15 – Mar 15
Radish, Jan 15 – Apr 1
Spinach, Jan 15 – Mar 15
Turnips, Jan 15 – Apr 1
- If it doesn’t rain often where you are, you need to water your plants an inch of water once a week. You can also ask or research how much water certain plants need as it could vary.
- Lastly, remember it is a learning experience. Your first garden and crops may not turn out as you hope it will. Keep trying and learning and soon you’ll have tons of fresh fruits and veggies to savor! Good luck!
Do you garden? Are you interested in starting one this spring? Share with us what you’ll be planting!