Garden Planning: Vegetable Garden Ideas
Authored by Leah Chester-Davis
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Authored by Leah Chester-Davis
Raising your own vegetables is one of the most rewarding gardening experiences. Few things deliver joy like harvesting vegetables from plants you have nurtured and tended, unless it’s tasting the fresh-from-the-garden flavors in your own culinary creations.
If this is the year you’ve decided to grow a garden, these tips will put you on the road to home-grown goodness.
It’s easy to get carried away when looking at seed catalogs or plants at the garden center so think about how much time you have to spend in the garden. If you’re just getting started, set yourself up for success by starting out small. You can always add more later. By keeping your garden manageable, you can enjoy the work and the fruits of your labor without getting overwhelmed.
Pick a sunny spot. A vegetable garden needs plenty of sun, at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Avoid areas near shade trees or shrubs that may not only block the sun but compete for nutrients and water. Likewise, avoid sites near a house or other structures that may cast shade. The site you select also needs to be flat to optimize water, rather than it running downhill and away from your garden. If you don’t have an optimal garden spot, consider growing vegetables in containers on a sunny patio or other spot.
Pick a site near a water source. A vegetable garden requires water. The last thing you want to do is to haul or carry water. Proximity to a water source not only makes watering convenient, it also helps ensure you’ll stick with gardening chores on the hottest days of summer. Drip irrigation or soaker hoses may be what you need to keep the garden watered when rainfall is scarce.
A few options to consider, depending on your property, may be containers, raised beds, or traditional, in-ground gardens, or a combination of them all. They each have merit and you can have gardening success with each.
A soil test can help you determine what you may need to add to your soil. In most states, soil test kits are available at your county Extension office and are either free or available for a nominal fee. In the absence of a soil test, the University of Tennessee Extension recommends using two to three pounds of 6-12-12 fertilizer or its equivalent per 100 square feet of garden area. Spread the fertilizer over the garden bed and then work it into the top six inches of soil.
This is a fun part of gardening but can be challenging when you see beautiful picture-perfect produce in seed catalogs or online. Consider your family’s favorites and include on your list what you can reasonably care for. If you are just getting started, consider about five different vegetables your family enjoys and then plant two to four plants of each of those vegetables. If you have the space, time, and interest to add more, select additional plants based on whether you intend to consume the fresh produce or whether you want to have extra to preserve by canning or freezing.
Cool-season plants, such as broccoli, kale, and spinach, are typically planted in spring or fall and thrive in cooler temperatures below 70 degrees. Warm-season vegetables, such as tomatoes, beans, and squash, need to be planted after the danger of frost has passed and when the soil temperatures have warmed up. They love hot summer temperatures.
Another way to extend the harvest is to stagger planting dates, known as succession planting, over a period of a few weeks. If you wish to have an abundance of lettuce over a longer period, for example, plant lettuce seeds every week or two for a period of a month.
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