Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Gardening Primer for Mandi, Issue No. 1

This is a special "series" of gardening instruction/tips especially for my friend, but hopefully they might be of use to others as well! The down side is that I really don't know what I'm talking about, but that doesn't mean it won't be helpful! Right?

(I may not actually have to tell you much, because a lot of information is included with the link to the planting schedule that I found for you! However, I am sure questions will arise later on and you will need my expertise then.)

First: Decided exactly what you plant so you know how much room you'll need. (Spacing & etc. is also included with the chart.)

Second: Make the husband till up your garden space. Iffin you ain't got access to a tiller, you (meaning he) can just turn it over with a shovel. It takes a little while but it's not so bad. But don't till if the ground's wet. Also, make sure it's in an area that will get a lot of sunshine!!

Also: I am guessing you'll want to be as organic as possible, which is good. I don't think most gardens really need a lot of fertilizer, the most we ever use is animal poo, and some manner of plant food when we transplant. (But we might get a soil test, in case we happen to be lacking something, which I'm not too worried about.) But once you get your ground worked up, get some sheep or goat poop!

{My mom thinks that because of baby and whatnot, a smaller container garden might be easier for you. I don't know! I told her that was up to you, you just need the facts.}

Here is the link to planting times, etc, for your zone (5): CHART

Okay, that's it for now. I don't know if that was terribly helpful, but it's the kind of stuff you should be thinking about now.

And if I said something COMPLETELY STUPID, please let me know!! It is a possibility. :)

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