Always wanted to grow your own garden? Here’s 4 tips to help you start!
1. So Many Veggies, So Little Time:
It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to gardening, so start by thinking about which vegetables you enjoy eating most. Keep in mind that many plants such as peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes will provide throughout the season, so a couple of plants will probably be sufficient.
2. Space Case:
You don’t need to own a farm to grow vegetables. Have a patio or deck? Containers work great and will provide you with a good amount of fresh produce! Get creative and think outside the traditional garden box; almost anything can be repurposed into a stylish planter.
3. Location, Location, Location:
Whether your garden is big or small it is most important to remember: sun, plenty of water, and healthy, well-drained soil. Don’t have a bright, sunny spot? No worries! Leafy greens will tolerate some shade. It’s the flowers and fruit that need the heat.
4. The Planting Calendar:
Unfortunately, there’s not one given date in which all vegetables should be planted. Many factors play a role in calculating the best planting dates, including the growing region, type of vegetable, and historical weather patterns. Local nurseries and the Old Farmer’s Almanac both serve as great resources in determining the best time to plant your veggies. To get started, beets, broccoli, lettuce, and carrots are great to plant in May if your garden resides in Fort Collins.