Once upon a time… a long time ago, I was scared of gardening. The reason I was scared was that I had no idea what I was doing. With time and a lot of trial and error came knowledge. I have had three different gardens in the last six years, each was in a different location and each had different fences, all which I had to install. I now know that some plants grow like weeds while others are very hard to grow. If you are scared like I was, here are 5 tips that might help you.
1. Pick an area in your yard that has at least 8 hours of sun.
2. Install a fence suitable to the critters that surround. If you have a ton of deer on your property you might need a 6′ fence. If you have a lot of ground hogs, like I do, you should get a ditch witch and dig down 3 feet to prevent those buggers from burrowing in. We lost a ton of plants one year and learned the hard way. If you want advice on this, hit me up.
3. Set up a soaker hose near your garden beds. Plants don’t like water on their leaves, so water around their roots. Soaker hoses will save you time and also save your plants.
4. Get a compost bin. Nothing can help your plants more than your broken down scraps, once they are totally rotted they possess nutrients that are vital to your plants.
5. If you want to make it easy use raised beds. Raised beds help to not compress the soil which helps root exploration and growth. Raised beds also help in weeding and ease of picking.
If you live near Princeton, these are what I find grow like weeds:
Tomatoes – They take some time to develop, but it is worth it for the delicious Jersey tomato
Zucchinis – They grow like weeds so much so that when you see one small one day, the next day it could be the size of your calve.
Arugula – Great salad veggie to start early and pick it as it grows. Arugual can last almost to August with out replanting.
Carrots – Plant them and let them go. Pick once you see the tops of the carrots poking through the soil.
Peppers – All sorts of peppers grow in Central NJ. These also take some time.
If you have any questions please ask as me and I’ll be more than happy to answer all questions, or at least try.
If you love veggies but don’t have the space to grow your own, check out some local Farm Markets this summer.