Having your own garden in your house can be a really great hobby. It can provide you with some work to do around the house, and the results are fabulous, since you get to eat what you plant. But starting a new vegetable garden can be really tricky if you don’t know how exactly to do that. We made a new two-part calendar to guide you through the basic lines of what to grow and when so you could start your new vegetable garden with the new year.
January is the perfect time to start planting bare-root fruits and vegetables. Start with planting berries or onions or artichokes.
When it comes to maintenance, January is the time to cut-off all the twigs and branches, or in other words trim your plants.
This is the time to plant the more ‘green’ vegetables like lettuce, kale, parsley, spinach and peas. You can also plant carrots and beets during February, and you should also start ordering your seeds for the spring and summer.
Keep trimming your plants and water them if it’s not raining. The best way to know whether your plant needs water is to dig a little hole and touch the soil, if it’s dry, you should water it, otherwise the plant has enough water.
Now it’s the time to start taking care of your growing plants by inviting the ‘good’ bugs. In order to drive away insect pests, invite their predators into your garden (ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies) by planting nectar plants. Also continue to plant bare-root fruits like nectarines.
It is also a good time to start boosting your plants with nitrogen. Any plant that has been in your garden for at least six weeks should get the boost.
It’s time to build your summer garden. Start planting summer plants like dahlias, petunias, verbena, sunflower etc.
Summer plants will add a lot of color to your garden and you will start getting results on your hard work.
Feed your plants with fertilizer and keep trimming all the brown leaves. If the plant looks like its about to die (too many brown lives, or leafless), try to cut them all off and plant them in a new pot.
Start hosing off foliage in the morning around 4-6 times a week to prevent fungus.
Perfect time to plant bananas and avocados. Also it’s time to plant all the summer seeds like peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet potatoes etc.
Start using trusses to keep your plants in shape. When you see foliage on your garlic or onions, stop watering them, this will be the time they will start forming the dry outer layers the protect them.
This is more of a maintenance month. Hose down your summer plants to wash off insects and dust and keep looking for rotting plants so you could cut them off and plant them in a new pot.