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Don’t Be A Procrastinator

As Spring is quickly approaching, now is a great time to start planning your outdoor gardening.  Whether it be a vegetable garden, flower bed, or just revamping your lawn, there are so many choices.  Now, I won’t mention any names (ME) but a lot of people neglect to plan ahead. The result of waiting until the last minute can lead to disaster.  Not to mention, loss of time and money, little to no production, and much more.  So, I ask you, do you really want to invest a lot of your free time and hard earned money into anything that will not produce good results.

Winter is the time to start planning your summer garden

Plan Accordingly

Before you do anything, you need to ask yourself, what do I really truly want?  If you’re like me, I go to all the Home & Garden shows and fall in love with everything, and then head out to the local Home Improvement Stores and just start filling up a cart or sometimes two, and make several trips only to learn, that I don’t have a plan.  So there I am with all my newly purchased items to start working on a garden, a patio, a front porch, and maybe some landscaping.  Now what?  That’s a great question!  With this being said, it is best to prioritize and know exactly what you really want, do the research, and write a list so that you will be organized.  Oh, and make sure it will work with where you live.

Stick To The Plan

Once you have decided what you really want, write it down!  Are you planning a vegetable garden or flower garden, how big will your gardens be, what will you be planting, where will you be planting?  Some other things to consider are sunlight, water source, soil conditions, and the climate which you reside.  Below is an easy guide to help you get started.

Planning Your Space

Planning your summer vegetable garden starts in the winter months1.  Plant your Garden as close as possible to a water source.

2.  Select a spot where your Garden will get at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight.

3.  Plant in raised beds if you want a more manageable garden.  They are a great solution if you don’t have adequate soil, make your plants inaccessible to most pests and critters, and minimize the growth of weeds and soil compaction.

4.  Draw a map of where each plant will go.  This will give you a better idea of what you have for space in the event you need to cut back on your garden.

Deciding What To Grow

  1.  Choose vegetables that are easy to grow. Stick to plants like radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, beets, and tomatoes.
  2. If you live in a hot climate, choose vegetables that thrive in heat such as, corn, okra, peppers, sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, and melons.
  3. If your garden is in a shady spot, stick with leafy greens such as spinach, kale, swiss chard, scallions, radishes, potatoes, and rhubarb.
  4. Ask the experts what you should grow.  Your local gardeners and farmers are a wealth of knowledge and love sharing their wisdom with others.

Begin With Healthy Soil

I can’t say this enough, your soil is what feeds your plants.  If you don’t have healthy soil, you will not grow healthy plants.  So, please check your soil before you plant.  Otherwise, it’s just a waste.  I strongly suggest getting Rooster’s Organic Compost and mixing it with your soil.  It provides the vitamins and nutrients your plants will THRIVE on.  I hope this has been helpful and I will be sharing my plans with you all real soon.  Until then, Keep Growing.