Here’s how we started our garden.
- Research. Find out when your last and first frost/freeze dates are. I used www.hgic.umd.edu/content/SpringFrostDatesInMD.cfm. If you don’t live in Maryland you can use www.almanac.com. You will also want to look into the crops you would like to plant. Know their optimal growing conditions and their maturation times.
- Plan. Pick a spot that will provide the type of sunlight/shade that is needed. Make sure that you have enough space for the crops you intend to plant. Be sure to look into companion planting.
- Soil Preparation. Mix in compost, fertilizer or soil amendments. Remember to till your plot deeply, especially when preparing for root veggies.
- Plant It. Plant your crops (transplants or direct from seed). Be sure to give your crops plenty of room to grow. It is tempting to skimp on the spacing in order to maximize the yield of your plot, but this will result in difficulty weeding, compacting of roots and unintentional shading, to name a few. We didn’t give some of our crops enough room, so we have problems with weeding, finding footing, and even harvesting.
- Don’t forget to water and weed.