Here in Central Kentucky’s gardens, we haven’t yet put anything in the ground. But that time is right around the corner! If you’re like me, you haven’t just made your lists and checked them twice. No, I have researched soil preparation, homemade organic bug spray, moon charts, and everything in between.
Tips From The Farmer’s Almanac
So many people rely on the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s hard to leave it off the list of resources! Here are a few pieces of key information that make your gardens yeild better this year.
- Average Frost Dates (with interactive US map)
- Companion Planting
- Tomato Plant Problems (and what to do about them)
- Easiest Plants For Container Growing
- Easy Potato Growing
- Kitchen Scrap Gardens
- Homemade Garden Fertilizer
There are plenty more articles where these came from. Just go on over to The Farmers Almanac and click on the “Home and Garden” tab. From there, select the Home and Garden Main Page, and there are tons of information-packed articles for you to glean from there.
More Tips for Great Gardens
The Gardens Alive! website offers some excellent advice for first-time veggie gardeners. They offer tips on simple measures that make your garden everything you want it to be, and even more.
Gardener’s Supply Company has a must-see article for first-time gardeners! This article includes tips of effective use of space, soil preparation, and crop rotation. They even have a link to a free printable you can use for planning purposes.
If you’re looking for an excellent comprehensive guide for a first-time garden, be sure to check out this one on Morning Chores’ website. Not only is the article’s content excellent, but you’ll also find tons of links for further research on topics such as soil preparation, garden size and placement, care, and bug repellant.
I can’t say enough about the importance of non-GMO seeds. Instead of going into all the details here today, I’m going to send you over to Small Footprint Family. Here you’ll find all the details about this monstrosity called Monsanto and why it’s a good idea to keep them out of your garden!
Here are a few of the best sites I’ve found for the perfect seeds.
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Clear Creek Seeds
- Renee’s Garden
- Johnny’s Selected Seeds
- Territorial Seed Company
You can find plenty more with a simple google search, or even by contacting other seed sellers. Many of these companies offer free catalogs through the mail. However, they tend to sell out quickly, so be sure an order early. For convenience, most also have pdf catalog versions which you can easily print if you prefer.
If you have any tips of your own, or know of any great sites that offer tips for new gardens, feel free to drop a link in the comment section below!
If you have questions that you’re just not finding the answers to, add those as well. We can all learn together.