Prepping Your Summer Vegetable Garden

When spring finally arrives in New England, all the home gardeners rejoice. It’s finally time to start prepping your summer vegetable garden.

If this is your first time, one of the most important decisions you can make is selecting a site. For some, that may be a community garden plot. For others lucky enough to have the space, it’s a matter of picking out the perfect area in your yard. What you want is loose, well-drained soil and a spot that will get between six to 10 hours of full sunlight each day.

Next you need to decide what to plant. While not everything is suited to grow in New England, our advice is to pick your favorite vegetables and plant those. Whether you pick seeds or starter plants will determine how far in advance you need to get your soil ready.

Before planting anything, you want to clear and prepare your soil. Get rid of all the debris and weeds, and dig deep into soil incorporating several layers of compost.

Be sure to pay close attention to directions on how to plant either the seeds or starter plants. Don’t disregard the amount of space needed between each plant and make sure the weather is warm enough before putting them into the ground.

We also recommend drawing out a diagram or map of where you want to plant your vegetables. This will hep in figuring out how much you can actually fit into your garden space.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t forgot to label where you planted your vegetables, especially if it’s seeds. It’s really easy to forget what you planted and where exactly they are in the garden. If you’re a newbie gardener, it’s much more fun to know what’s sprouting up (or growing underground) instead of trying to guess.

If this is your first time prepping your summer vegetable garden and you’re not sure how to start, contact Fini. Through our Home Management services can assist with anything from picking up seeds or starter plants, to making sure your garden is prepped and ready to go.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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