Summer is nearly here, which means that the planting window for many fruits and vegetables has already passed. If seeing your friends and neighbors work on their glamorous gardens has given you the gardening bug, do not worry! There is still plenty that you can do to set your vegetable garden up for success next season and, if you hurry, you may be able to squeeze in some crops before winter hits. Grab some screened organic soil and follow these four steps to a successful vegetable garden at your Monkton home.
1. Make a Raised Bed
Raised beds are gardens made of a frame that is placed on the ground and then filled with soil, creating a garden that is raised above the ground as opposed to one that is planted directly in the ground. To make a raised bed, first figure out what area you would like to convert into a garden bed. If the area is covered in grass, kill and remove the grass first. Till and rake the soil underneath where the garden will sit. Then create a frame using untreated lumber, stones, or bricks. This will be filled with screened organic soil.
2. Fill with Screened Organic Soil
Next, fill your raised bed with screened organic soil. Your layer of soil should be at least one foot deep to accommodate roots and give your plants room to grow. Soil (along with sunlight and water) is key to creating large, delicious vegetables, so make sure to choose your soil wisely. If you are not sure how much soil you need to purchase to fill your raised bed, consult a landscaping professional.
3. Wait to Plant
The next step is the hardest: wait to plant until it is the correct time of year. Once you decide what to plant in your garden, do research and figure out when to plant seeds and starter plants. Some plants must be started indoors first, and others are planted directly into your garden. You may have to wait for a few weeks or months, but the wait will be worth it.
4. Tend to Your Garden
Once your garden is built, filled, and planted, you get to tend to your plants. Make sure you know what each plant likes in terms of water and fertilizer, and weed your garden regularly. Mulch can help keep water from evaporating and make weeding easier. Do this for a few weeks or months, and your first crops will be ready to harvest!
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring and summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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