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.
How many of these vegetable gardening tips and old-time planting lore have you heard of?
- Plant corn when the oak leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear.
- Sprinkle plants with wood ashes to keep the bugs off.
- Bury a piece of rhubarb in the row when planting cabbage to protect it from club root.
- To keep cabbage heads from splitting, give each young plant a half-twist in the ground.
- When planting corn, be generous. “One for the woodchuck, one for the crow, one for the slug, and one for me.”
- Plant beans when the elms leaves are as big as a penny.
- When you see growth on green ash, grapes, and oaks, it is safe to plant tender vines, annuals, and perennials.
- Wrap tape around your hands’ sticky side out to remove aphids from your plants.
- Make measurement marks on the wooden handle of a rake. Use it as a measuring tool in the garden.
- Use sandpaper to scratch off old plastic gardening labels in order to use them repeatedly.
- Make your own garden labels using painted rocks or roof tiles.
- Cover plants with an old plant pot at night to shield them from frost.
- Use a spray bottle to keep your plants hydrated.
- 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.
- Keep all your extra water from cooking and use it to water your plants.
- For seeds with tough outside covers like peas, soak them in warm water the night before planting.
- Use flat rocks around peppers as mulch. Rocks heat up during the day and will keep plants toasty at night.
- Go around to your local coffee shops and ask if they would save their old coffee grounds and filters. It makes excellent compost.
- 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.
- Learn your weeds – many of the most common are edible (usually extremely nutritious) and/or medicinal.
- 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.
- Composting is totally worth the time and effort — your kitchen scraps are gardening gold.
- 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.
- Be prepared to water. A lot. Every other day in the summer.
- Soil ph level is very important and worth testing.
- Bonus: For those really tiny seeds use a tiny seed dispenser like this one. It pays for itself by saving you seed and time.
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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