Now‘s the time to plan and plant a vegetable garden in your yard. Growing your own vegetables saves money, tastes fresher, and ensures you know where your food comes from – plus, it’s easy! If you’re wondering how to get started, here are some resources and tips that can help.
- Know your planting zone. Atlanta is planting zone 7b with a last expected frost date of March 30 – April 30.
- Determine the best place. The garden should be located in an area that is fully exposed to the sun and has easy availability to the water supply.
- Contain your garden area.If you have limited space, learn how to build a raised vegetable garden from This Old House pros. Visit your local community garden to see examples of raised beds and get tips from fellow gardeners.
- Improve the soil. To know how much lime and fertilizer your soil needs for best growth of your garden, have your soil tested by the County Extension Service.
- Decide what vegetables to plant. Check the Georgia Organics seasonal planting calendar for best planting times for Georgia. Some vegetables are more cost effective to grow than others. For a list of the top six most budget-friendly vegetables to grow, go to Eartheasy.com.
- Plant seeds or seedlings. Starting from seeds is the cheapest approach, but starting with seedlings in compostable pots gives you a quick start on the growing process.
- Tend to monthly chores. Check Walter Reeves’ Seasonal Gardening calendar for the best times to plant, prune, fertilize, plus a wealth of more info.
- Enjoy your harvest!
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