It is the last day of March 2014. And looking out the window right now doesn't inspire anyone to think of planting a garden. Especially with snow still on the ground. But the time will come and it would be prudent to start planning.
Think about what you would like to see growing outside of your window. What kind of conditions you have. Think about the soil, where you will plant, how much sunlight the plant will be able to access.
Not everyone is going to have acres to plant on. But you can grow in a small space. Container planting has become very popular. You can grow vertical instead of horizontal. There is great pleasure in watching something grow and tending to it. Not to mention the delight of fresh produce at mealtime. We're not just talking about produce either. There are some spectacular flowers out there that can just brighten your mood.
Cabbage shares a branch on the same family tree as Broccoli. And it likes cool weather best. It can be planted as early in spring as other cool weather crops. Cabbage does need a little room to stretch its leaves. But think of all the possibilities.
Sweet Corn is a favorite. It is a main staple of the American diet. It does require quite bit of space. Each stalk produces 2 ears of corn. And good corn is going to require adequate moisture, fertile soil, and rapid growth. If you have the space it's the way to go.
Carrots are particular about the soil. They like sandy soil that is easy to grow through.
If they encounter rocks or tough patches of soil, the roots will fork. Make sure you have a loose soil. They prefer less acid soil, so if your soil is very acid, add some dolomite to the area.
But carrots are a versatile vegetable. They can be used in fresh salads. They can be canned or frozen. If you have a baby, you can take those fresh carrots and puree them for fresh baby food. Yum!
Cucumber seeds are similar to melon and squash seeds, just slimmer. They are usually planted in hills, to prevent the seeds from rotting before they can sprout. Most varieties will spread as a vine, so a trellis, cage or pole can be used for support to save space.
Cucumbers can be grown vertically. So they are an idea if you are going to grow on a patio. This wonderful vegetable can be eaten fresh or made into pickles. The key here is fresh. You're growing them therefore you will know what is going into them.
The tomato plant. Every garden has to have tomato's growing in it. It is something that grows in mine. It just wouldn't be the same with out them.
They thrive on the sunshine and warmth. They don't like to grow in wet soil. And you have to keep predators in mind. At my house that includes the chickens. But we also have to watch out for the slugs.
But it's worth it when in the end you are eating a fresh tomato. In a salad or when you're cooking them to make spaghetti sauce. And don't forget to grow enough so you can use them to can. Then you can enjoy them year round.
Our soil really seems to be great for growing squash. Every and all varieties that we have tried have grown very well. We make sure to grow a lot so that we can share with others.