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It’s Vegetable Garden Planting Time

There is something magical that happens in the spring, things that I can count on every year. The birds sing louder, the sky seems bluer, the grass is greener and I love planting a garden.

I have an old book that I devour every year, and I especially pull it out for vegetable gardening tips. My favorite part of the book is reading about old-time planting lore. 

25 Vegetable Gardening Tips

How many of these vegetable gardening tips and old-time planting lore have you heard of?

  1. Plant corn when the oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear.
  2. Sprinkle plants with wood ashes to keep the bugs off.
  3. Bury a piece of rhubarb in the row when planting cabbage to protect it from clubroot.
  4. To keep cabbage heads from splitting, give each young plant a half-twist in the ground.
  5. When planting corn, be generous. “One for the woodchuck, one for the crow, one for the slug, and one for me.”
  6. Plant beans when the leaves of the elm are as big as a penny.
  7. When you see growth on green ash, grapes, and oaks, it is safe to plant tender vines, annuals, and perennials.
  8. Wrap tape around your hands‘ sticky side out to remove aphids from your plants.
  9. Make measurement marks on the wooden handle of a rake. Use it as a measuring tool in the garden.
  10. Use sandpaper to scratch off old plastic gardening labels in order to use them repeatedly.
  11. Make your own garden labels using painted rocks or roof tiles.
  12. Cover plants with an old plant pot at night to shield them from frost.
  13. Use a spray bottle to keep your plants hydrated.
  14. Drill a few holes in the cap of a water bottle and cut the bottom out. Turn it upside down and use it as a plant waterer.
  15. Keep all your extra water from cooking and use it to water your plants.
  16. For seeds with tough outside covers like peas, soak them in warm water the night before planting.
  17. Use flat rocks around peppers as mulch. Rocks heat up during the day and will keep plants toasty at night.
  18. Go around to your local coffee shops and ask if they would save their old coffee grounds and filters. It makes excellent compost.
  19. Plant your potatoes under only half an inch or so of dirt, then cover them with a few inches of straw or grass clippings. When it comes time for harvest, you only need to rake back the straw and brush the dirt off your potatoes. 
  20. Learn your weeds – many of the most common are edible (usually extremely nutritious) and/or medicinal.
  21. Before you plant anything, watch the sunlight in your garden. Depending on what is around your gardens like trees or your house etc, you can have a garden space that is fairly open, yet receives either too much or too little sunlight throughout the day. 
  22. Composting is totally worth the time and effort — your kitchen scraps are gardening gold.
  23. Learning crop rotation and cover cropping is a high investment in time learning and implementing, but it keeps the soil healthy and also helps keep bad insects out and good insects in.
  24. Be prepared to water. A lot. Every other day in the summer. 
  25. Soil ph level is very important and worth testing.

These are a few of my favorites and what is so special about them is I remember my dad telling me some of these as I was growing up and learning how to garden.

Do you plant your vegetable gardening tips you use that you can share?  I’d love to hear them!

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