Southern Sunday In The South….. Garden Planning

Today is going to be a true southern Sunday in the France house. We woke up late, kids are still asleep…. we are being lazy…. because of a late Saturday night with friends…….And the only thing I plan to do today…. is what ever crosses my mind and my body agrees… other wise, it’s lazy day!!

I will how ever take advantage of the down time and plan out the lay out of the garden since it will be going in this week. It is the last week I can plant and hope for a good harvest.

When you plan out your garden there are a few things you want to keep in mind. One being the spacing of your plants. This is the most important so you know how big or how small to plant your garden and keep in mind what plants that you plant will need space for some thing to grown on. Tomatoes need some kind of support or cage around them, and cucumbers need something to grown on. Keeping your squash in tomato cages will save space in your garden as well and make them easier to harvest as well. All of these plants require that you space them a specific amount of space between them and some plants grow and produce better if you plant them next to each other. I have included some handy websites that will help you with the companion planting…

once you have your space and companions then you can plan out the perfect garden.

there are a few other things to keep in mind, such as how easy you  make each plant to access. And how easy you make keeping weeds out of your vegie plants…… taking care of your plants after you plant them is very important. It takes time and dedication. Or you will waste more than you harvest. I will also include some diy garden plans that I found helpful over the years.

Now go have a great day panning your garden.

http://thewhoot.com.au/whoot-news/diy/companion-planting

http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/companionplanting.html

http://www.weekendgardener.net/vegetable-gardening-tips/starting-garden-050705.htm

http://commonsensehome.com/new-to-gardening-start-here-tips-for-beginning-gardeners/

I hope these help you as much as they did me….

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GREEN THUMB

Good morning fellow gardeners!! The seeds are all in baggies and hanging in my kitchen window and all in the window seals. r You will find it hard to be youre normal neat freak self, if you are like me… because you have seeds all over the place, and I save my tea bags and egg shells as I said before to mix in with my soil, so the are hanging out every where drying and then there is the tin cans, and coffee cans hanging out with the egg cartons and toilet paper rolls lying around…. it gets a little hectic for a ocd person. But the good news is…. the planting is therapeutic for ocd.

today you may have some seeds that already have a root or start, some will put  sprout in one day, others can take as long as 3 days. once the sprout put them in soil, and you have your seed started, follow the germination guide on the back of the package of the seed, and they will be ready for transplant in a few weeks. 

Today will be about getting what I call replant going…. such as Garlic and potatoes, celery, scallions, sweet potatoes. all of these you can start from the plant. these plants will reproduce themselves with very little work from you. 

garlic separate the cloves of garlic put the small end up and plant… that easy… not very deep and do the same from one that you yield.

potatoes there are several methods you can use with potatoes i use the eye method. Let your potato get eyes on it. cut it into equal parts with eyes on each section set aside and let dry for a couple of days, and plant.

celery cut the but of the celery stalk off and submerge the bottom in water, leaving the top exposed. Spray the top with water every couple of days until your plant starts to leaf… 

Sccallons- just as easy as the rest… cut the bottoms with the roots, place in a small glass container and add a small amount of water, change the water every couple of days until you have plants, cut and repeat to keep a fresh stalk around at all times. 

Sweet potatoes  I cut these and put in water until the sprout and then plant, like to potatoes. 

It’s rather easy for us to save a dollar on our grocery bill by growing our own food,and becoming  more self reliant. it does take a small amount of work, but that is what makes the end result so much better! i will be sure and let you all know how todays planting turns out, until later… happy planting 🙂