One day I got out of bed and decide I was going to have a garden of fresh organic vegetables this coming summer. Have you thought the same thing and asked yourself…what is the first step? How do I get started?
First, plot out were your garden is going to be. After that is determined, from then on until the first planting, use your garden spot as a compost site. Right on top of the soil toss all your biodegradable waste such as: coffee grounds, egg shells, fruit rinds and peels vegetable hulls and shucks and grass clippings. Avoid proteins, fats and grease. Also, to learn what nutrients your soil is lacking a sample can be taken to your local farm cooperative for an analysis. Whatever your soil is lacking can be replenished. Adding fertilizer, lime and calcium is always beneficial.
Every few weeks till the ground under using a tiller or a hoe. This will help in preparing your ground for planting.
At the end of May or after the last frost it’s time to plant.
Helpful hint: when planting your garden leave enough room between the rows for a tiller to fit.
It’s perfectly fine to start out with a small garden of your favorites vegetables and then each year add one or two different items. For example, every year must haves in my garden…squash, green peppers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. However, I have had a garden with as many as 40 vegetables, herbs and flowers. You be the judge of how much time you have to devote to your garden.
Bails of straw will keep weeds from growing under the plants and will help with keeping the moisture in for those hot summer days.
There will be some tending. Use a tiller for bigger gardens or a hoe for smaller gardens to keep the weeds out. This is not a lot of work depending on the size.
As your garden grows you will find it necessary to either use stakes or wire surrounds to prop up some of the vegetables like tomato plants.