I love your ambition. You are a go-getter! But just because the Derby horses are running in Kentucky doesn't mean you have to rush to plant your home garden.
A common mistake beginning gardeners make is planting without planning. This isn't you, is it?
You know how much space you have, you bought a ton of seeds and plants, and now the weather is right but, what now?
Here are some helpful tips on creating a Planting Plans:
First, get an idea as to how much space your plants need, especially if your garden area is small. If you have unlimited space you may place your plants further apart and add in more aisle space.
Grab some graph paper, create a veggie key, and sketch out your bed dimensions. Start penciling in your plant selections by size.
Here is a good rule of thumb...
Nine to 16 small-sized plants like radish, carrots, and lettuces can be packed into a square foot.
Four to six medium-sized plants like garlic, Swiss chard, beets, and cilantro can fit into a...
Tiny tips on taters: Buy seed potatoes from a local nursery May cut into 3-4 pieces but be sure there is an eye on each piece plant eye side up Plant 1 potato piece per square foot Plant 2-3 inches below the soil
Don't have deep soil? Plant in a pot OR on the ground underneath 2" of straw.
How to know when they are ready to harvest?
When the plants flower, the tubers are developed. If you harvest now, the skins will be soft so you must eat them right away.
When the plants "die back" and turn brown, the potato has cured underground and will store better. Harvest!
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