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    For Gardening Beginners

    I've seen a lot of questions from folks regarding their gardens and when to start planting.

    Here's a great website to use for beginners:

    2014 Best Spring Planting Dates for Seeds for Dublin, NH

    (You'll need to enter your zip code or city)

    It's not rocket science.

    There is a frost date calendar. Excellent info.

    I derive a great deal of satisfaction watching my vegetables grow. And there is nothing better than fresh vegetables.

    With limited space, I have to be extra diligent to plant seeds in the right place. Some plants like lots of sun, others not so much.

    For example, I've found that herbs grow very well in pots placed in the shade (next to the privacy fence) or under the deck where they get partial sun.

    Tomatoes and peppers will thrive better with full sun, so I plant these on the south side of the house.
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    Thanks much. That is GREAT info, especially for guys like me that can kill a plastic plant.
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    I was looking for information to get bigger, better potatoes and stumbled onto the website.

    I found it quite useful.
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    We've put out a full 1/2 acre garden for over 40 years and will this year as well, but....I think this will be the last one this big. We'll can a ton of stuff, give away a ton, eat a ton, and still watch some of it rot. We used to sell tomatoes and corn by the ton but Indiana shut down we "home grown" producers a few years ago. To sell now, you have to be licensed and sell by the pound, no matter what the item. No more 5 tomatoes for a dollar, etc. Not worth the hassle. Now, we just give it away.

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    If you have a local agricultural extension with a website they normally have a calendar too. As well as a list of things to do in the garden/yard depending on the month. I need to get mine turned over but it's been too wet. With the cold weather we are waiting a couple extra weeks to plant this year.
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    I highly recommend a book Square Foot Gardening, the author's name is Mel Bartholomew. Great book for getting the most vegetable gardening out of a small space. There is also a web site by the same name.
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    Thanks for the reminder. I started my seeds yesterday because according to your link I am already behind schedule. Guess its easy to lose track when you still have snow piles in your yard...
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    For Gardening Beginners

    Thanks for the resource! I wish I had something like this when I started gardening.

    I am somewhat of a lazy gardener. I plant everything in full sun (however, we don't have too many days over 85 or 90 up here either). Plants are much more resilient than we give them credit for. As long as they have water and nutrients, and aren't eaten by pests, most of them will do just fine.

    Best advice I can give (that I've learned the hard way):

    1. Plant after the latest frost date (exceptions are potatoes, garlic, onions, broccoli, peas, lettuce, and spinach... And maybe a few others).

    2. Don't crowd your plants, otherwise you'll never be able to harvest them.

    3. Plant early or late and soak your plants after you plant them... Don't plant in the afternoon, especially if it is sunny.

    4. Don't over-fertilize; you'll get lots of nice leaves, but not much else, especially on peppers and tomatoes.

    5. Mulch your garden (with straw, hay, grass clippings, etc.) early and often. It preserves moisture and keeps weeds down... Trust me, mulching is MUCH easier than weeding.
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    A few things I have learned over the years. Raised beds are great. You can plant a raised bed before frost season is over and enjoy an earlier harvest. Works the same with late season crops going into the fall. Companion plants - some plants do better when planted next to others, and some don't do well when next to others. Colonist in early America planted Asparagus in borders along fences and the sides of their homes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctr View Post
    A few things I have learned over the years. Raised beds are great. You can plant a raised bed before frost season is over and enjoy an earlier harvest. Works the same with late season crops going into the fall. Companion plants - some plants do better when planted next to others, and some don't do well when next to others. Colonist in early America planted Asparagus in borders along fences and the sides of their homes.
    Raised beds work great with square foot gardening. The book I mentioned earlier suggests planting in 4'x4' squares, divided into 16 1'x1' squares, but I have also made raised beds in 3'x3' squares. With either one you can easily reach into the middle for weeding/harvesting. Of course you don't have to follow this exactly, you can adjust the size and spacing as you want/need to. For example, I like for pepper plants to have a bit more room than 1 sq. foot.
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    4. Don't over-fertilize; you'll get lots of nice leaves, but not much else, especially on peppers and tomatoes
    That is true with Nitrogen fertilizer (especially ammonium nitrate) some specific fertilizers on the other hand can get you bigger fruit/veggies FWIW
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    For me to garden I need a greenhouse, I don't want to deal with ANY weeds or extra work also want all the work at a level I don't have to bend over.
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    I have a 500 sq ft garden area but this year it will be used for raspberries blackberries, melons and spaghetti squash. Everything else is in buckets. The Bermuda grass we have is evil and I can not kill it without using chemicals which I refuse to use. I don't use commercial fertilizer either, just my compost and the horse manure.
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    Black raspberry jelly is the very best!!!

    I have one bed devoted to raspberries and blueberries.

    Another thing to consider is edible landscaping.

    Edible Landscaping: Organic Gardening And Landscape Design
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    Black raspberry jelly is the very best!!!

    I have one bed devoted to raspberries and blueberries.

    Another thing to consider is edible landscaping.

    Edible Landscaping: Organic Gardening And Landscape Design
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