Step 5.  Prepare & Care for the Soil

Step 5. Prepare & Care for the Soil

The quality of your soil makes your garden thrive or keeps your plants from reaching their full potential.

Choose a site that receives a minimum of a half day of full direct sun. Full all-day sun would be best. For warm weather gardening, try to avoid areas that are right up against the west side of a west facing wall.

The better you prepare your garden soil, the better your results will be. [Read more…]

Step 4.  Obtain Good Seeds & Plants

Step 4. Obtain Good Seeds & Plants

Before planting, find a reputable source for seed and other garden supplies.  Seed catalogs can be a big help, but be sure the varieties are locally adapted.  Buy new seed since some seeds can be saved and are best placed in jars or in plastic bags and stored in a freezer. [Read more…]

Step 3.  Grow Recommended Varieties

Step 3. Grow Recommended Varieties

Gardening success can be greatly influenced by the varieties you use. Select from recommended lists and from those know to do well locally. It is a good idea to try one or two new varieties each year. Plant them next to old favorites for comparison. Keep a notebook or journal from year to year to note what varieties perform best. For mini-gardens, try bush or dwarf varieties and the more colorful ones. Seed catalogues will be a big help in finding these. [Read more…]

Step 2.  Plan Your Garden Layout

Step 2. Plan Your Garden Layout

Planning ahead will help avoid problems and make your garden a complement to your landscape. First, sketch a plan of the intended planting area for vegetables. Write down the size of the area or location of containers. This is the beginning of a gardening notebook or journal. [Read more…]

Step 1.  Select a Good Location for Your Garden

Step 1. Select a Good Location for Your Garden

Whether you want to grow flowers or vegetables, the first and most important step is to pick the right spot for your garden.

Start looking at areas of your yard: Consider the amount of sunlight and moisture different spots receive. Are there features such as slopes you need to take into account? Use these factors to pick where you’ll put your new garden. [Read more…]