It’s time to start planning your kitchen garden. Yes, there’s snow on the ground and it’s cold outside, but January is the time to start planning your spring and summer kitchen garden. A well planned garden will lead to a successful garden.
If you’re striving to get healthier, there’s nothing better than fresh vegetables. I have been gardening for years, and my focus has been on tomatoes, peppers, garlic, green beans, watermelons, and herbs. I do add in sunflowers and marigolds. Planting a kitchen garden helps save on the grocery bill, and you will be able to to freeze and preserve your harvest.
Here’s a few steps you should be taking now to ensure your kitchen garden success:
- Plan your garden layout – Will you be using raised beds, row gardening, or containers? Will you plant a small, medium or large garden? The size of your garden will determine how many plants you will need to purchase or need to start from seed. You also need to start thinking about the containers you will be using or pricing material for your raised beds if this is the route you will be taking.
- Decide what you want to plant – Do you want to do herbs only or a variety of vegetables? Will you be planting Hybrid or Heirloom seeds/vegetables? What and how many will you plant. My suggestion is that you plant what you like and will use during the summer and winter months.
- Order seeds – Browse catalogs and on-line websites to determine what you need to purchase or join seed swaps. The Dollar Store has a great selection of seeds for bargain prices. Check your local store now for the best selection. I also purchase from Gurney, Johnny’s Parks , Territorial and Baker Creek seed companies.
- Prepare for indoor sowing – If you indoor sow, set up a schedule for sowing your seeds.
- Start winter sowing – You can start summer flowers in containers and place outdoors to get a head start on the growing season. I start my sunflowers using the winter sowing method. I have also been successful winter sowing vegetables.
- Check your inventory – Do you have seeds that need to be used this growing season? Do you have enough seed starting mix and peat pots for indoor sowing? Are your grow lights in working order? What about your outdoor fencing? Get a head start, make sure you have everything in working order and you have sufficient supplies for your garden.
I use the direct sowing method for my green beans, cucumbers and lettuce, winter sowing for my sunflowers, and indoor sowing for my tomatoes, herbs, squash, zucchini, peppers, cauliflower and fruits.
If you have a question while planning, starting your seed, implementing your garden or just feel overwhelmed, send an email to The Mail Box using firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will respond to your questions. Lets get healthy together!