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When to start my garden

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Amanda26-Apr-06 08:54 AM EST 5b   
Rocks27-Apr-06 08:33 AM EST 6b   

Subject: When to start my garden
From: Amanda
Zone: 5b
Date: 26-Apr-06 08:54 AM EST

I have done a garden for a couple of years now but haven't always had the best of luck. My big problem is knowing when to start it and usually I start it too late. Last year I did Green Pepper Plant just one and it didn't start getting peppers coming out until late August and I never got to eat any of them. This year I want to do a big Tomato Plant, a Tiny Tomato Plant, Onions, Garlic and Cucumbers. Can someone tell me when the best time is to do all of this and how I should do them? I did cucumbers last yr as well and they turned out great except they were hanging all over the ground because I didn't know how to do it. My garden is located at the back of my house in Full Sun and it is right up against my house. If you rather email me you can at calypsokramer@yahoo.Thank you so much for any help you's can provide me with.

Subject: RE: When to start my garden
From: Rocks
Zone: 6b
Date: 27-Apr-06 08:33 AM EST

Well,you can start now by getting the soil ready by turning it and adding some compost or good organic matter. Good soil preperation is key. Work it in and wait for the May 24 weekend to start planting tender seedlings ie peppers,tomatos etc. In the meantime make a list of what you want to grow and check out the seed packets for more information. Most if not all seed packets will have on them a time frame for the best planting times if you're doing your garden by seed. Read the package as some can go in earlier than others. Garlic does best when planted in the fall. As for your cucumbers, they do grow on the ground so don't fret, you did ok with them. If you want you can grow them on an obelisk or such to keep them up off the ground to save space. Don't be afraid to ask questions at your local garden center as you buy your plants for further information. You'll soon learn that with gardening, patience is a virtue and that we all learn from our mistakes which we all make at some point and in my case, still do. No big deal...I take each failure as a learning experience. Each season we learn something new. Good luck and happy gardening!

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