Tips for planting and growing produce in the spring

Whether you are a new homeowner or have owned your home for years, there is still plenty of time to learn how to utilize your yard space to grow a spring garden. Here are a few tips from GeorgiaOrganics.com with times that will produce the best produce.

1. Location.
Start taking a look at your home throughout the day to notice the areas that are always exposed to the sun. Try to make it close to your home where you can get to the hose and water often while paying attention to garden. Remember, out of sight, out of mind = out of food.

2. Prepping the ground.
Grab a spade or garden fork and gently turn the soil, add plenty of material such as compost, leaf mold or decomposed animal manure. Local garden supply stores usually carry everything that you will need. Try to go organic if possible. Compost is the key to growing the best gardening; it improves soil structure, texture, aeration, and water retention. When mixed with compost, clay soils are lightened, and sandy soils retain water better. Mixing compost with soil also contributes to erosion control, soil fertility, proper pH balance, and healthy root growth in plants.

3. Plan your garden’s layout.
Make beds in the garden that are separated by walkways. Do not walk where you planted vegetables, this will compact the soil and stunt the growth.

4. Plant what you know you like.
It doesn’t really make sense to plant something that you wont eat. Take a look at the dates below that according to Georgia Organics are best dates for early season crops planted in metropolitan Atlanta, which is located in USDA plant hardiness Zone 7 or, arguably, Zone 8.

Spring Vegetables And Their Planting Dates
Asparagus, Jan 15 – Mar 1
Beets, Feb 15 – April 1
Broccoli, Feb 15 – Mar 15
Cabbage, Jan 15 – Mar 15
Carrots, Jan 15 – Mar 29
Cauliflower, Mar 1 – Apr 1
Collards, Feb 15 – Mar 15
Kale, Feb 1 – Mar 10
Lettuce, Jan 15 – Mar 1
Mustard, Jan 15 – Apr 1
Onions, Jan 1 – Mar 15
Peas, Jan 15 – Feb 15
Potatoes, Irish, Jan 15 – Mar 15
Radish, Jan 15 – Apr 1
Spinach, Jan 15 – Mar 15
Turnips, Jan 15 – Apr 1

5. Water Often
Watering in the morning is your best option, if you can set your timer on your system, you know you will have produce popping up in no time.

Growing your own garden and taking the healthy approach is an amazing lifestyle and Mortgage Solutions of Georgia loves helping people getting into their dream homes.