Post # 1
Ahem~ ok to make a long story short, I was in a 2 yr LDR with my boyfriend and recently moved intogether and started renting a home. This is a first for both! The landlords said we could put in a garden (yaaaaay)
My questions.. I used to live in Michigan and grew up with a garden, my mother was a wiz at anything green 🙂 well she passed away a few years ago and I don’t have her for advice. I now live in Illinois! I guess you would say southwest of Chicago. I would love advice on when to dig the dirt and if there is anything I should do before planting. When I should plant.
If you know a good website that would be so helpful!! I am hoping to plant the usual tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers.. I would also like to do corn, brussel sprouts, onions.. other stuff we’re still talking it over.
Thank you so much!!
Post # 3
My grandfather is a farm boy and he always starts his veggies in pots before planting them in the ground. He puts them all in pots on a cart with wheels. That way he can bring them out into the warm sunshine during the day, but bring them back into the garage at night since we live in New England and temperatures fluctuate hourly. He also uses a deep fence in attempt to keep groundhogs and rabbits out. Key words “in attempt” since the little rascals still find a way in. That’s all I got. LoL
Post # 4
I think your best bet is to actually go to a local nursery because they will know the climate and soil condition of your area.
We’re in a similar climate and rule of thumb is no planting till Memorial Day weekend when the last chance of frost (typically) is gone.
Post # 5
@regberadaisy: agree. Im on the East Coast, so my knowlege wouldn’t help you. I do love to garden though! We put in a 3 in 1 apple tree, and a Bartlett pear when we moved in. I also just planted some blue hydrangeas, and I have purple irises in my front bed. We also have an avocado plant I hope will come back, and some various other potted plants.
Oh, and I just got some red hummingbird vine seeds I am excited to plant 🙂 Along with making my raised beds for the veggie and herb garden
Post # 6
I second talking to someone at a local nursery. You should also think about how much time and effort you want to devote.
My suggestion would be to start basil indoors now. You can also pick a few plants you think will be 1) something you really want to eat; 2) something you could save money growing. Look for “easy” or beginner type plants (tomatos, beans, etc.).
You can start seedlings indoors now, or you can skip to buying already started seedlings for your first go round later. The nursery can tell you when you should put them out.