If you haven’t already gotten started, now is a great time to plant your garden. The threat of any late frost is nearly gone. Plants are readily available from your local farm, home and garden stores. The April showers will provide a great start to the young plants. It’s the perfect condition for the start of a productive garden.
There’s one step you just can’t forget though if you want your garden to be all it can be. That step is having a plan. Different plants require different spacing, depth, conditions, and planting dates.
If your space is limited, then you’ll probably want to start by deciding how big to make your garden. From here, you can prioritize what you’d like to plant in that space, and build out your plan from there.
If space is not your greatest concern, you’ll probably want to start with what you’d like to plant, and how much, and then determine the size of your garden from there.
A couple of great resources for planning your garden can be found online. The first is the Farmer’s Almanac. This classic resource is just as good in the 21st Century as it was when founded in the 18th Century. You can find out what works in our region (Region 2), when to plant it, how to plant it, and what kind of yields to expect.
Another great and local resource is Shelby County’s own Purdue Extension. They can provide information online or in person. Just call them at 317-392-6460, or stop by for a visit at 1600 East State Road 44 in Shelbyville.
If you get over industrious with your garden, or you get better yields than you were expecting, a local farmers market is a great way to share your bounty and to meet your local neighbors. Here in Shelby County, the Mainstreet Organization organizes a market throughout the late spring to early fall.
Gardening has many great benefits and it just takes a little planning to make it happen. Enjoy a summer filled with a relaxing, outdoor distraction from your work and online worlds. Enjoy fresh and healthy food straight from the garden. Plan for a fun and healthy summer.
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