Sunday, March 25, 2018

What to plant for your first garden

Sunday, March 25, 2018

If you are thinking of starting your first garden and are wondering “What should I plant in my first garden" and "How many plants of what do I need?”.  Here are some tips to get a first garden going the easy way.

One way to decide what to plant is to track what you buy for a couple of weeks.  This will give you a good idea of what you like to eat.  You can then plan your garden around your favorite eats.  This summer, you can go to farmers markets and try out what looks interesting to trial run them for next season.

If you eat a lot of salads, greens with complimentary veggies and herbs would be a great first garden.  In early spring, any type of lettuce is good.  Once you head into May, use varieties that withstand the hot temps of summer like Jericho Romaine, Simpson Elite or my favorite Red Sails.  Bolt-free, sweet summer lettuces

The biggest watch out for starting a new garden is starting too big.  Start small with what you use the most in the kitchen.  Herbs, lettuce, carrots, radishes, peppers, or tomatoes are great ones to start with.

Here is the basic garden I grow every year:
Herbs (1 each)-chives, thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano, and flat leaf parsley  
3 basil plants (for pesto and seasoning)  
3 tomato plants-1 cherry tomato type and 2 slicer types  
3 pepper plants-2 sweet peppers and 1 spicy pepper  
1 bush zucchini  
1 eggplant 
1 Egyptian walking onion (a perennial)  
8 garlic plants (you can buy cloves for planting at any big box store) Time to plant garlic! With growing tips......
Arugula, spinach and lettuce scatter sown in self watering pots

The easiest way to start a new garden is to plant your veggies in your flower garden.  It is a win-win for the veggies as flowers attract pollinators which increase the harvest.  Mulched beds keep weeds down and conserve moisture in the soil so less watering is needed during the hot days of summer.  

If you don't have a lot of garden space, plant in pots in a sunny spot.  There are so many varieties bred just for pots and small spaces.  Decorative container gardening for edibles

Happy gardening!

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