I just saw were the price of lettuce has doubled because of a drought in California. Produce can be expensive at any time of the year depending on conditions. More people will put in gardens than what has been done in a long time this spring.
There are some individuals that think to themselves, “I don’t know how to grow things.” They couldn’t be more wrong. Putting in a Garden takes very little work. Maintaining it, is something altogether different. Weeds. There I said it. How I hate weeds. They always tend to sneak into your garden over night. Weeding takes the most work.
Still anyone can have a Garden. I have seen fancy gardens and very simple gardens. Putting in a garden, just takes planning and time. With that in mind, here are some ideas for planting your Garden in 2009.
There are three major factors to consider in planting your garden. They are over all space (area), Sunshine exposure, and water availability. Yes I know some will say soil is important. Others will say fertilizer. Both are true factors. I am talking about layout.
In some cases, you may not have a choice in where your garden will go. Some homes have a limited availability of space. Still you can make something out of nothing with the right planning. Decide where your garden will go. Can you easily get a garden hose to it? Are there lots of trees by it? Can your garden get plenty of sunshine? Lots of trees means less sun and tree roots to deal with.
If you have a small area, then you want to keep things like Cucumbers, Zukes, and Squash to a minimum. They are vine plants that will take over your garden. To some extent, Tomato’s will do the same. The thing about them is that you can stake them up to grow vertical.
I like Leaf Lettuce better than Head Lettuce. Once you cut it, it grows back. Head Lettuce is a challenge mainly because of insects. Also it takes longer to grow. Carrots and Radishes will grow in just about any place. I have even seen them grown outside the garden area along a fence. They don’t take up much room. Sweet Corn can be a challenge. The stalks have a large root system and can take up some room at ground level. I usually grow them either to the side or a the back of my garden. Try to keep it away from a public walkway or sidewalk. Why? People can easily steal them.
Any plants that grow on vines needs lots of water. Try to plant them so that they can get it. I often plant them close to a roof downspout. When it rains, they get extra water off the roof.
Green beans, once planted and they start to grow will always have weeds growing among them. Also, insects love Green Beans. Especially the leaves. You might want to think about spraying them as early as possible to keep the insects away. You find yourself spending more time on weeding around Green Beans than other plants. However, once they are strong and watered properly, you will be amazed at how well they do.
Peppers grow similar to Tomato’s. Staking them is a great idea. When you buy the Pepper plants to put in your garden, buy the strong and green looking ones. The bigger and stronger the plant, the better off you will be in the long run. Some people will grow them from seeds in a hot box like Tomato’s. This is great if you have the space and a hot box.
Make out a map or diagram of where you will plant things in your garden. Look at it and think about each item that is planted. Ask yourself, if this where I want this to grow? Will it work here?
When you buy your seeds or plants, read the directions on the plant or seeds and follow them. Just by following the simple instructions will be an advantage to you and how well your garden does.
Lastly, every Garden situation is different. You will learn to adjust your Garden from year to year with successes and failures. Never be afraid to try something new. You might surprise yourself.