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    Posted on January 17th, 2011 Pam No comments

    As I wrote a few days ago, it is time to plan your vegetable garden. Draw a rough sketch and pencil in were to plant certain vegetables. There are lots of things to consider when planning a garden spot.

    1. Types of vegetables
    2. Space each of the vegetables take.
    3. Sun or shade vegetables
    4. Crop rotation
    5. How much of each vegetable, this alone will take lots of thought.
    6. Thinking about enlarging or moving the garden spot.
    7. Watering access
    8. Plants that like or don’t like each other
    9. Plants that might shade others
    10. Changes from last year and new plants to try
    11. Improvements or experiments for this year.
    12. Consider the direction your garden faces and decide to run the rows east and west or north and south.
    13. Re-planting certain vegetables during the season.
    14. Most important, plant only vegetables your family will eat.
    15. Consider using trellises or stakes to grow your vegetables vertically.

    NOTE: If you don’t have enough room for vegetables that take lots of space, consider buying those vegetables and only plant vegetables that take less space. The four vegetables that take up the most space are: corn, squash, potatoes and pumpkins. Some vegetables that give you the most for the area are: beans, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.

    Think about companion plants, corn, beans and squash compliment each other. The corn supplies a trellis for the beans, the corn shades the squash and the squash provides shade for the roots. I have tried this and it really works. The squash (pumpkins would work too), really love weaving in the corn. NOTE: Wait to plant the beans until the corn is about 16″ tall, so the beans will have a stalk to climb. Peas do will planted in the corn too. They love some shade too. Also, plant the squash out in the sun and let the vines travel into the shade of the corn.

    Now is the time to order catalogs and research online for different and rare seeds. Decide if you want to try to save your own seeds by planting Open Pollinated (Heirlooms), or plant Hybrid seeds. Then you can start to buy the seeds needed for the garden. Don’t wait too long to purchase seeds, the most popular seeds will sell out fast!!

    It seems learning about gardening never ends. There is always something new coming out or something fun to try.

    A garden is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

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