Happy New Year to our friends and happy new garden to our vegetables! January is the prime time to start thinking of a game plan for next month’s vegetable garden. Our resolution this year is to help you keep your lawn looking great and grow some yummy food while we are at it.
Start by picking the perfect spot for your vegetable garden. If you don’t have your compass readily available to tell you which direction to do your planting, just pick a super sunny spot. Don’t overcomplicate it for yourself before you’ve even gotten started. Most plants need a solid six hours of sunlight a day.
Following that, ensure you have rich, moist and soft soil for the plants’ roots to easily penetrate. Also, adding compost to the soil provides nutrients that are necessary for the plants (also cutting down on trash volume, helping our planet at the same time).
In addition to needing a sunny spot, your plant needs stability! Not too hot, not too cold, not too windy, not prone to flooding. Channel your inner Goldilocks and pick the spot in your yard that seems just right. Keep strong winds in mind as well as you don’t want your younger, more fragile plants to be blown over.
Start small. Again, don’t overcomplicate things! Do you even like cucumbers? Do you like them enough to eat thirty a day? Choose your veggies wisely as to not add more stress to something that should be fun! For reference, a good size garden to start with is about 16 X 10 feet and that is for a family of four.
From there, space your crops properly, invest a little extra in high quality seeds and water when appropriate. For February, we recommend planting the following:
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