Spring has arrived and it is time to start planning for a vegetable garden! Here are a few tips for getting started:
1. Pick a good location. Make sure you choose a spot in your yard that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Plants will need good, soft soil to grow. And make sure that the location you chose won't collect rainwater or dry out too fast.
2. Start with a small garden! If this is your first attempt at a backyard garden, be sure to limit your garden size and only plant what you think you can eat. A good beginner size is around 16x10 feet, or smaller!
3. Plan it out! Draw a diagram if that is helpful to you. Decide what you would like to plant and make a list. Include planting dates, watering requirements, and spacing requirements in your diagram. Or make a list!
4. Space your plants properly. If your plants are spaced too close together, they will fight for water and nutrition, as well as being more susceptible to pests. Seed packets come with instructions for spacing and plants come with tabs with instructions for spacing. Pay attention to these recommendations!
5. Give just the right amount of water. Again, pay attention to the seed packets and plant tabs for accurate information on watering your veggies.
6. Make sure you are planting and harvesting at the correct time. Seed packets and plant tabs come with information on best planting dates, so make sure to check those. For the best planting dates for Grants Pass, check out this link from the Farmer's Almanac.
What plants should you plant?
According to the Farmer's Almanac, these are the top ten veggies to try in your garden.
2. Zucchini squash
5. Bush beans
For added color, include marigolds in your garden. Marigolds also discourage pests in gardens!