How to start a vegetable garden in the spring?

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Any tips, suggestions for planning for my first vegetable garden? I have the land picked out and started to flip the grass over so that it will be ready to plow and use in the spring.

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  • Kim Kim on Dec 12, 2017
    Get a seed catalog! My favorite book😊
    I will attach a pic of a very nice book with heirloom seeds. Start picking out the plants you want and planning where they will go.

    This time of year I start saving egg cartons. Ask several people to save egg cartons for you. Cut the lids off and save the styrofoam lids and the cardboard egg cup side. The cardboard ones can be planted in cutting an ‘X’ in the bottom of each cup and filling with bagged planting mix. The styrofoam lids act as planter trays and catch any run off.

    😊

    • Caren Caren on Dec 12, 2017
      I love this. I'm going to order this catalog! Thank you.

  • Hi Caren! How exciting that you're planning to start a garden! You can go ahead and start prepping your soil by direct composting this winter. That will help give your soil much needed nutrition in preparation for planting. Here's some info on how to do that: https://thekitchengarten.com/how-to-direct-compost/ I also have other articles about how to start a garden. I hope this helps and good luck!

  • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 12, 2017
    I believe that one of the first things you need to do, is get rid of the turf on top of the area you wish to have a garden in... otherwise the grass, which has really deep roots... will just come up again in the spring... Next, do some research, HobbyFarm.com, BackwoodsHome.com, MotherEarthNews.com will have a lot of information on what to do now to have a good garden in the spring. Another source of information is the Farm Bureau... they give advise to home gardeners too. And the one in your area will have specific information on what the soil in your area needs.

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    • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 12, 2017
      Grass can be very pervasive and there may be grass seed in the sod blocks that could sprout in the spring... I would remove the sod from the area of the garden....(less weeding later) Then I would cover the garden area in a deep (6in to 12in ) of rotted manure and let it percolate into the soil over the winter... then you would till it into the soil in the spring (letting the manure sit over the winter takes the "heat" out so it does not burn the small plants and sprouts)

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Dec 12, 2017
    As in a home, the foundation is the most important. You want to make sure you soil is good, and most of the work is in prepping your soil. Especially the first time in a new space. Save raw vegetable cuttings / raw vegetable scraps in a compost to add in the spring. Egg shells are good as well. Leaves are good to add in. You may need to add top soil and peat moss.

  • Ronda Ronda on Dec 12, 2017
    You can use fiber egg cartons, place in pan (or something that holds water) fill each hole with potting soil, put water in the pan, the egg carton will absorb the water, plant seeds 2 or 3 in each spot. Keep carton moist. Soak the seeds in water with little peroxide, this kills fungus and bacteria for a minute or so. Then sprinkle a light coating on the planting soil to kill fungus/bacteria. Good luck.
    Ronda