I prepared the garden the week prior to Good Friday the 2nd of April 2010. This is a tradition in the South and I still do it even though I am in "Sunny California"
I think because of the maturity date of the vegetables, is the reason
the Southern gardeners' planted on this day. Preparing the garden means
to turn the soil and get the entire weeds out of the dirt and fertilize
the soil. Next you need to think about what you are going to plant and
how much room there is because some plants stall tall and some produce
(runners) leaves that branch out and spread on the ground. I have three
separate spaces for different vegetables. I have a watermelon garden, a
raised garden (above ground) and an all in one garden. Today I planted
snow peas, corn, strawberries, red bell pepper, okra, cabbage, jalapeno
peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, onion, garlic, Kentucky
pole beans and carrots. I still have plenty of room left and I think I
will have to share with my neighbors. I also have a lemon tree, apricot
tree, black berry bushes and potatoes growing in my yard. I am thinking
about planting sweet potatoes. The maturity date of the vegetables is
between 50 to 100 days. So I will plant a second garden when these
rain during April has been very good for the plants except the okra.
Okra plants don't like a lot of water and the rain was a little too
much so I will have to replant. Also the watermelon plants didn't
survive; it wasn't because of the rain it was just a little too early
to plant watermelon from plants I should have started from seeds. But I
did have a backup plan, I have started some seeds in a planter box and
I will transplant the plants when they are tall enough and the weather
is a bite warmer. August 18th is National Watermelon Day so they will be ready for the big celebration.
all the 'Gardeners' who don't have the space you can still plant a
potted garden. Use large pots for tomatoes, planter boxes for corn on
the cob and strawberries. To start your plants from seed use the
following simple method. Use an egg carton and save the empty eggshells
and use them as 'pots'. Just poke a hole in the bottom of the shell,
fill it with soil, and then plant your favorite seeds. When
transplanting, simply crack, and then bury the eggshells. They'll
protect the plants and provide much-needed nutrients to your tender
young plants. Eggshells are also good for pepper and tomatoes. Just
soak crushed eggshells in water for 24 hours then use the water to
water your plants.
garden requires lots of water and with the recession a higher water
bill is not something we need. Some of the thing that you can do is to
use the 'gray' water, that water that you can use from changing the
fish tank, boiling eggs, vegetables, pasta and water that run down the
drain while waiting for the faucets to get hot. The rain water caught
in a barrel is the best use of water, but this is California and we all know it doesn't rain in Southern California.