What Should I Plant in my Raised Garden Beds? Excellent Question!!

Saturday Mar 11, 2017

Isn’t this garden awesome?  I found this at http://www.thegardenglove.com/raised-vegetable-garden-beds/  I love the way they’ve used pavers set in sand (so rain water can still seep thru to and into the ground) to eliminate having to mow grass between the beds.

So what’s next after you’ve built your raised vegetable garden?  What are you doing to plant?  If you’re like me, you’ll spend hours deciding what is going where.  And there’s so many other things you’ll need to consider as well.  Let’s talk about it.

First – you really need to consider what time of the year that you’ll be ready to plant.  Is it early Spring, late Spring, early Summer, etc.  Why is this important?  Well, different vegetables grow better during different seasons.  So you’ll want to familiarize yourself with this information.

Second – what produce do you or your family eat?   While turnip greens might seem like they would be easy and fast to grow, does you or your family eat them?    Only plan on growing what you know your family will consume.  If you’re not into broccoli, then don’t waste the space growing it.

Third – What grows well in your gardening zone?  For example, vegetables with very long mature dates do not grow well in northern zones due to the shorter growing season.

Fourth – How many plants of each vegetable do you really need?   If you rarely eat lettuce, maybe you only need a couple of plants compared to someone who loves to eat salads everyday that would need a bed full of lettuce plants.

Fifth – When you harvest your first planting of radishes, what are you going to “succession plant” in the vacant space?

Sixth – Are you going to “direct seed” or use transplants (seedlings)?  If you are going to use seedlings, are you going to purchase them or grow them yourself from seed?

I hope these questions help to lead you in the right direction with your plantings in your new raised garden beds.  I will continue to write more posts about gardening and growing your own fresh produce.

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