April is just around the corner, and with it come promises of sunny days, flowers, green grass, and… gardens. Yes, whether you’re a KB home owner or renting, it’s time to start thinking about vegetable gardens. April is the perfect time to start work so that in a few months you’ll be literally reaping the benefits.
What do you need to do to prep for that perfect veggie garden? Here’s what you should have in mind as you plan.
What space do you have? Remember that you’re going to want something in as sunny a spot as possible- most* plants enjoy a full day of sunlight. Plot out how big a space you want for your garden, and what growing arrangement is optimal for you and your space. Raised beds, straight rows, container gardens- you’ve got options.
*If you’re wondering, check the seed packet. They normally specify the optimal sun amount.
2. What to Plant
If you plant, say, a zucchini plant, chances are you’ll get bushels of zucchini. This amount tends to double when you don’t like zucchini. No joke, I’ve seen it happen. So before you plant, decide what veggies (or fruits, as the case may be) you and your family like to eat, or that your neighbors enjoy in case of excess.
This can change depending on your space, hence this step being second. Also consider average yield of whatever you plan to plant, how much you tend to eat, and therefore how many plants of each type you’ll need.
3. Ground Prep
Before you can start planting, you need to make sure the ground is clear. Put up your beds, set out your pots, get soil. Till the soil if you can, throw in some fertilizer or whatever you decide is best for conditioning.
If you can get hold of it, stirring in some mulch, manure, or compost will give that garden bed a definite boost.
4. Time to Plant
Get those seeds in the soil! Follow the seed packet instructions for depth and spacing. For really small seeds, try laying them out on lightly damp toilet paper to keep them in line. It’s biodegradable and keeps the seeds safe for the planting. Pre-started plants are great, too, as they a) yield faster and b) generally have the root system to get going quickly.
All that’s left for you to do is wait! Okay, water, weed, and wait. But then, oh the deliciousness you’ll be enjoying soon! Happy gardening!
Sources of images: seedybeans.wordpress.com, hubpages.com, gardeningadviceguide.com, bonnieplants.com