RMM - March-22 - Raymond Kerege

Map Your Garden Once you know what you’ll be planting, map out the location of each item. This can be a detailed design on graph paper or a simple sketch to give you a general idea. Either way, use clear labels and refer to your plan throughout the growing process to see what’s sprouting. When you move your raised beds into the garden, remember to leave adequate space for walkways and wheelbarrows. You need to have access to the middle of each bed, so don’t make them too wide. In an open garden with rows, you may not have any space constrictions, but for more compact gardens, consider intercropping underground crops like carrots with above-ground crops like lettuce and spinach for the most effective use of space. Intercropping allows plants to grow very close together without competing for the same resources. When planning out plant spacing, consider the mature size of the plants. Consult gardening books or the back of seed packages for

Prep the Tools Regardless of how you left your garden tools at the end of last season, make sure all tools are clean, sharpened, and working properly. Remember to check out larger tools like rototillers, mowers and edgers. Then organize your tools for easy access when you need them. Place long-handled tools such as shovels and hoes in a barrel, garbage can, or wood-framed tall crate. You can also hang them from a wall of the shed, barn or garage. Smaller hand tools fit nicely in a five-gallon bucket. Use a bucket apron to keep small items organized in the pockets.

recommended spacing so you don’t find yourself hunting for hidden carrot tops beneath the tangle of sweet pea vines. Also consider what plants need the most sunlight. Group plants together that require more water. Think about what you will plant after the first harvest — maybe cool-weather spinach will be replaced by beans later in the season. Order Seeds and Plants Early spring is the time to purchase your seeds and plants. Scour the internet and seedmagazines for options. Your local garden center is a good resource, as well. Store your diagrams and seed packets inside your favorite gardening book, a three-ring binder, or plastic container with dividers for easy access throughout the season and beyond.

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