Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables, but just didn’t know where to start? Don’t be overwhelmed. We are going to take it step by step and learn how to plant a vegetable garden.
Getting the ground broken up and ready for planting is the first step to having a garden. There are a variety of options on how to get this accomplished.
We discussed these options in more detail a few weeks ago in this post Starting a Garden from Scratch, and you can decide which method works best for you.
COOL SEASON CROPS:
I wanted to get started earlier with some winter crops, but that will have to be a goal for next year.
In the south, leafy greens such as lettuce and collards, root crops such as carrots and radishes, and heading plants such as cabbages and brussel sprouts all need cool weather to thrive. Our springs are too short and it gets too hot too quickly for these plants if they are not planted BEFORE the last frost date of mid April. And so I will just be skipping those for this year and move right on to summer growers.
I used my garden rake and pulled dirt up from each side to create rows in my newly plowed garden. It is not necessary to use rows. You can choose to do square-foot gardening or raised beds, but in this instance, we are going to discuss traditional row gardening.
*This post contains affiliate links to products or companies that I truly love and believed in before I joined the affiliate program. If you use these links to make a purchase, I will be compensated at no extra cost to you.*
WARM SEASON CROPS:
Dig a hole.
Add about a tablespoon of fertilizer to the hole.
Mix the fertilizer into the dirt.
Place the plant in the hole and pull the dirt back around the stem. The plant should be planted deep, right up to the existing bottom set of leaves. Give it a drink of water and move on to the next plant!
While I was at the feed and seed store, I also purchased okra, black eyed peas, zucchini, and yellow squash, and cucumber seeds.
Squashes and Cucumber Seeds:
Dig a hole about an inch or so deep. Place about 3 seeds in hole and cover with dirt.
Okra has a hard outer shell. To speed up germination, place okra seeds in a cup and cover with water. Let sit overnight.
After they have soaked for 24 hours, poke a hole about 1 inch deep in the dirt with a stick. …Or your finger. Drop a seed in the hole and fill it in with dirt. Space the holes about 8-10 inches apart.
AFTER THE RAIN:
Squash and Cucumbers:
Planting a garden really isn’t too difficult at all, if you just take it one step at a time.
Have you ever grown your own vegetables?