Updated: Jun 9, 2020
If you are jealous of those gardeners who always seem to have the biggest and best produce, don't worry, you aren't alone. Learning the ins and outs of gardening can be a challenge. From watering, soil preparation, fertilizing, and even just knowing when to pick the produce – there is a lot to learn. Here are three beginner steps that any level gardener can do to get you one step closer to a bigger, better garden.
Prepare Your Soil
For gardens big or small, it is key to till up the soil in late fall or early spring. Tilling has many benefits, including breaking up large chunks of dirt, mixing in organic matter, and weed control. This is the perfect time to add compost or manure, so that it gets well-worked into the soil. Once the soil is prepped, it's important to ensure the right consistency before you plant – not too wet, not too dry.
Plant Your Seeds In The Right Month
Instead of planting your whole garden at once, plant in stages. Some plants prefer a little cold weather, while others do best when they are grown in the core summer months. Below is a brief breakdown of how we stagger our plants.
May: Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Corn, Onions, Tomatos
June: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Potatoes
July: Late Cabbage, Spinach, Turnips, Kale
Add Mulch Around Plants
Unless you love pulling endless weeds, this step is a must for every type of garden. Mulching in between plants helps to keep weeds down, and in the long run helps put more organic matter back into your soil. One of the best and most commonly found mulching material is right in your yard—grass clippings. As you are cutting you lawn, you can bag all your clippings and spread around each plant. Other mulch that can be used includes straw, hay, landscape fabric, or finely shredded wood chips.
What is your best kept garden tip?