How to Start a Garden

I know it’s snowing but now is the time to

start making plans to grow food!

Some things you can do while you wait for warmer weather:

Determine the amount of space you will have for planting. You will need to know how much space you have in order to decide how much of each plant you can grow. If you have never raised a vegetable garden, better to start small than to end up with a big garden that you can’t keep up with. The space you choose should have at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun.  There are a few vegetables that will grow with less but most require at least this amount.

Decide what type of garden will work best for you. Do you want slightly raised beds, fully raised container beds, individual containers or a traditional flat garden.

Make a list of what you like and maybe try something new! Once you have your list, start looking for seeds. Most garden vegetables are easy to plant directly into the garden from seed. We will have plants available for some of the things that need a head start in the greenhouse. My favorite source for heirloom varieties is Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds. I also like High Mowing Seed and Seed Savers Exchange. It’s really easy to get carried away so try to stick with your list.

Some vegetables that are easy to grow directly from seed are green beans, lettuce, greens, radishes, peas, cucumbers, melons and pumpkins. 

We will have transplants available for sale when it is warm enough to plant. We grow a large variety of heirloom tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. There is a complete list of tomato, pepper and eggplant varieties on our post about plants.

I will continue to add tips as the season gets closer.


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