FEATURE: Here’s How to Plan Your Garden for Next Year
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When it comes to having a successful tomato garden this year, the most important step you can take doesn’t involve a shovel, a tiller, or even a speck of dirt.
The most important step is planning. Here’s what to consider as you plan growing this year’s tomatoes and vegetables in the garden.
Plan what varieties to grow. How do you plan to use your tomatoes – in salads, for canning, for drying, for snacking? Do some research about tomato varieties to find out about disease resistance, when to plant them, and how long until fruit is ready to harvest. Choose tomatoes that meet your needs.
how many tomatoes and other vegetables to grow. How much space can you devote to your garden? How much time are you willing to invest in planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting? How many tomatoes and veggies can you use, process, and give away? Although a garden can be as labor-intensive as you choose, a common beginner’s mistake is in underestimating the amount of time you need to invest during the growing season in order for your garden to be productive.
Plan where to grow your tomatoes and veggies. Choose a sunny, convenient spot with access to water. No matter what type of vegetables you plan to grow, make sure your garden plot gets at least 8 hours of direct sun a day.
Careful thought and planning now will maximize productivity in your garden, help you grow healthy tomatoes and vegetables, and save you extra work later on.
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