Planting a Garden - Part 1

on 07/03/2013 - 11:35 am

Home Depot in HartwellGetting started

The Garden Part 1:

After many talks we decided to plant a garden this year.  The first step, as simple as it seems, often is the one most overlooked.  Where to put it?  We studied various parts of our yard at the morning, mid-day, afternoon, and evening to see how much sun it received at each time.  Ideally we were looking for a location that gave morning and afternoon soon while being a little shady at mid-day.  Once we settled on the spot we had an area of around 40 feet x 20 feet tilled up.  We tilled it and then let it sit for a week and then tilled it again. 

Now that the ground was ready we made a trip to our local Home Depot store to pick out plants.  We started with mostly nursery grown plants and the only seeds we got were corn and snap beans.  We got our plants based on the vegetables that we like to eat, tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, water melon, green beans, and corn. 

Once we got back from the Home Depot we installed the fencing and then laid out where we wanted each plant to go.  Some plants require up to four feet of space around them so you need to be careful how you lay your garden out.  Once everything was laid out we began to dig and plant.  The plants we bought had the containers you could plant so that helped out immensely in the speed in which we got them in the ground.  We dug a hole to the specified depth for each plant, sprinkled some 10-10-10 in there, placed the plant, and then loosely packed dirt around it. It took about two hours to get all the plants in. 

We then watered the garden for about 20 minutes to really saturate the soil.  We also purchased a timer to help us remain constant in watering.

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