oh my goodness...
planting season...spring/summer...harvest-summer/fall. soil is top
soil with a clay base...yes, i know, it needs amending!
i'm just not sure i want to get into starting indoors and then
I tried doing that and the cat had a field day with the
chutes. <rolling eyes> Good roughage for her though I
Now I go to the local nursery and buy plants pre-started and
just plant 'em in the garden.
I have a small area. I usually plant garlic (but that's
planted in the fall), tomatoes, bell peppers, cukes, and
maybe a summer squash plant. That's about all I have room
for. The squash is done from seed.
In the past, I have done radishes, beets and broccoli.
You should be able to grow about anything in that area.
I'm in growing zone 5a/b (Poughkeepsie, New York)
As for soil prep, I just till it up well, go to the nursery
and get bags of composted cow manure and then till that in.
It has a VERY slight odor and only for a day or two when
you're close to it. My garden always does extremely well.
There are many veggies that are best direct seeded. Beets, carrots
would wait on the carrots until after two or three years, when your
soil will be
lighter - if you keep amending it), chard, beans and peas of all sorts,
garlic (if your soil is not too wet, to be sure make it a slightly
potatoes, lettuce, most smaller greens (arugula, tatsoi, mache) ,
considerations as carrots), all manners of chicory. If this list is
I could think of others. Basically, anything with a taproot, anything
most things large-seeded.
You could have two crops if you manage it well, as I do from most of my
all from direct seeding, if you are in full sun and have an average NJ
you can cover with a hoophouse, you could direct seed even the summer
vegetables (zucchini,cukes, tomato, melons) one month ahead of the
schedule. In fact, in the old days everything was direct seeded. I use
only in conjunction with mulch, so that weeding is eliminated. If you
plan to leave
your soil bare, I see no reason to fumble with dirty pots in March
inside the house.
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