Getting started. The first thing is having good soil. Use a good fertilizer for the soil to start. When planting your plants its a good idea to use straw mulch between the plants to keep weeds away. The key to a great garden is to plant your garden in a area where it will receive full sun light for most of the day. You need to keep the weeds out and water your plants as needed. If you live in the country where deer and other animals maybe a problem you can invest in putting a mild electric current around your garden to deter deer from entering the garden. Other ways is a raise garden with a fence. Photo's below show different ideas for protecting your garden. Plus see our hand painted flowers pots.
Depending on where you live the gardening time is different. I live in Michigan so the information is suitable for most states but mainly for our zone area Michigan.
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January – February: Order seed catalogs or find seed web sites.
February – March: Order seeds.
March - April: Prepare the soil when it is dry enough.
April: Plant cool season vegetables. (Check local planting dates.)
May: Plant warm season vegetables after danger of frost
Begin preparing your soil in late March or early April. You want the soil to be dry enough to work with, so wait until after the heavy spring rains have passed. Then give the soil enough time to dry out a little. Don't make the mistake of planting when the weather turns nice. Michigan can have some very heavy frosts well into May. Plant by the expected last frost dates, not the weather.
What to Plant: Cool Season Vegetables in a Michigan Garden
Begin planting cool season vegetables in a Michigan garden in late April. Cool season vegetables include beets, broccoli, calendula, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, chives, collards, kale, kohlrabi, head and leaf lettuce, mustard greens, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, and turnips. Cool season vegetables require cool soil and air temperatures in order to germinate, grow, and reach maturity properly. They can also tolerate some frost, although not the heavy frost of an early Michigan spring. These vegetables can be sown directly into garden soil in April before the last frost date.
Warm Season Vegetables in a Michigan Garden
Begin planting warm season vegetables in a Michigan garden in late May, after the danger of frost has passed. Warm season vegetables require warm soil and air temperatures in order to germinate, grow, and reach maturity properly. Warm season vegetables include beans, cantaloupe, corn, cucumber, eggplant, okra, sweet and hot peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, and watermelon. The actual date of planting is different from year to year. Michigan weather is notoriously finicky in the spring. One year it may be safe to plant by Mother's Day. The next year, you may not be able to safely plant until almost June. When choosing warm season vegetables, choose varieties that mature in 90-110 days or less. Most warm season vegetables do best in a Michigan garden when transplanted from seedlings.
Mmmmm good strawberries . Do not place strawberries in the ground until after the last threat of frost. In Michigan, this usually falls in early May, or around Mother’s Day.
Plant strawberries at least 15 inches apart, with the crown — the fleshy part where leaves develop — level with the soil. Place soil around the roots and gently pat into place, making sure the roots are completely covered to avoid the roots drying out. Rows should be at least 36 inches apart for optimal growing space.
Water the strawberry patch thoroughly, but without soaking it. The soil around the plants should stay moist but not swampy. Allow the patch to slightly dry out between watering to make sure the roots do not stand in any water. Keep the soil moistened during the warmer months. If water tends to stand in the yard where you plan to plant the strawberries, you need to create a raised bed; strawberries require a well-drained patch.
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