Getting your Garden Started Early

During this time of the early spring, we should turn to caring to our gardens. When we’re gardening, we are taking part in caring for God’s Creation. We can show our appreciation for everything He has provided for us through tending to our gardens.

After the fall and winter seasons, the soil might need to be replenished with nutrients. A good source of those nutrients is diatomaceous earth (it might be referred to as D.E. sometimes in this blog). This will create a great environment for your plants to grow. Diatomaceous earth is an organic soil that kills any bugs when they ingest it. D.E. can be put in your garden either in the autumn before or during the spring. You can also dust D.E. on top of your vegetables. Don’t be afraid to touch diatomaceous earth, because it is not harmful to humans. It does, though, contain high amounts of silica.

Plants to start planting now during the early spring include: lettuce, peas, onions, zucchini, cucumber, carrots, red beets, radishes, Swiss chard, spinach, potatoes, and many others.

These plants should all be planted between mid March and mid April.

Zucchini and cucumber are unique plants that need to be planted into small mounds to grow well. The hills should be roughly 3-5 inches in height, and within the mound should be planted 2-3 seeds or a plant itself. They should be planted in a row. Create a shallow furrow and drop the seeds in. Cover them lightly with 1-2 inches of soil on top. Carrots and beets are planted similarly, but only put an inch of soil on top rather than two.

Carrots are pretty simple to plant because all you need to do is sprinkle the seeds in a row then sprinkle some soil on top of the seeds.

Lettuce is another plant that needs to be planted early. It is best to plant lettuce in the middle of March, but you can still plant it until mid April. If you do plant in March, though, you will be able to harvest the tops of the plants before long. When harvesting lettuce, make sure to only clip off the tops, not the heart of the lettuce, which is located down the center, close to the ground. It keeps the plant reproducing, so only clip roughly two inches off the top of the leaves. Kale can also be harvested this way.

Make sure to get your garden started soon, so you are able to enjoy the produce that comes from these wonderful plants!