As you start to see the yellow forsythia bloom, leaves starting to come in on our trees and the pink blossoms on the cherry trees, you can’t help but get excited about growing. Everything begins to re-awaken and it’s motivating! Now’s the perfect time to plan your vegetable garden. Whether you have an extensive garden that is acres wide, a few raised beds out back, or just a few pots around the patio, you can garden anywhere and enjoy those delicious veggies. Join us as we learn about beginning gardening with A Little Farm & Nursery!
What should I grow?
One of the first questions is, what should you grow? The answer is simple. Plant what you eat! You have different vegetables and herbs that grow better in certain seasons. Right now, as the ground is warming up, cabbages, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, and kales do relatively good in cooler weather. Later down the road, about mid-May, when it’s much warmer, your tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, corn, melons, eggplants can be grown outside. In the Fall, you can think about planting more cooler weather vegetables to enjoy as we go into winter.
I’ve decided what to plant, what’s next?
So, once you decide what you want to grow, you have a few options. The most economical way of growing your own vegetables is starting them directly from seed. A seed packet is typically a few dollars, and one packet can keep for a few years. A lot of folks will start their warmer weather vegetables inside now, so when they are ready to plant in mid-May, the plants are big. It’s like getting a jump start on your garden. Seed starting needs a container, soil, seeds, heat and light.
Another option is to purchase your vegetable plants directly from your local nursery. Here at A Little Farm and Nursery (right on Route 8, after the Legion) has your cooler weather vegetables. You can plant now and closer to May, the summer vegetables and herbs will be ready for you to purchase for your garden. Keep in mind that the warmer weather vegetables don’t like cold, so make sure there’s no frost in the forecast when you plant.
No matter which option you choose, starting from seed or purchasing the plants, everyone can have a garden. Nothing is sweeter than picking those fresh, ripe tomatoes off of the vine and popping them right in your mouth!
Have more questions? Feel free to stop in and chat with us! We can help! A Little Farm and Nursery is open 7 days a week.
Until next time, you can find me playing in the dirt! ~Christy Little
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