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  • GARDENING WEEK 6, HOW MUCH TO PLANT?

    Posted on February 8th, 2013 Pam No comments
    How much to plant depends on how much your family will eat, and your garden space.
    This is as simple or as complex as you want to make it.
    1. List what can be planted in your area.
    2. List what your family likes to eat, (check the family survey taken in week three).
    3. List any items that are on both lists.
    4. Plant these items, (plant more of the items that are on multiple lists).
    5. When the list is complete, put the items in order of  importance.
    Consider these five things.
    1. Will we really eat it?
    2  Will we plant several crops throughout the season? Remember to have extra seeds for additional crops.
    3. Do I really have room for it?
    4.Would I rather plant something else?
    5. Am I going to do any canning or store  items over the winter?
    Some seed packets list how much a package will plant. For example, a package of carrots may plant 50 feet, while a package of peas may only plant 20 feet.  Use package information as a guideline of how much to plant.
    Try this link #mce_temp_url# for an information vegetable table.
    This is a very good starting place, but remember, this is just one guide, adjust if necessary.
    Here is some information found there:
    1.  The number of seeds in an ounce and seeds in a gram
    2.  How many seeds it takes to plant 100 feet
    3.  The yield for 10 feet
    4.  How much to plant per person.
    5.  Row spacing.
    6.  Information about direct seeding or transplanting.
    Listed below are 11 weeks of my 50 weeks of gardening list.  If you find yourself behind, it is easy to catch up.  This is my schedule for Idaho Falls, adjust if necessary.

    Jan. 4th Week 1 Order gardening catalogs
    Jan. 11th Week 2 Check out Books & Magazines from Library
    Jan. 18th Week 3 Family survey
    Jan. 25th Week 4 Garden Journal, study gardening books
    Feb. 1st Week 5 Seed inventory, test seeds
    Feb. 8th Week 6 How much to plant
    Feb. 15th Week 7 Make a garden plan
    Feb. 22nd Week 8 Buy seeds
    Mar. 1st Week 9 Plant onion seeds and artichokes
    Mar. 8th Week 10 Trim Raspberries and apply Caseron
    Mar. 15th Week 11 Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seeds

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