Growing Your Own Food: Planting, Trellising, Watering

Growing Your Own Food: Planting, Trellising, Watering

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teeny tiny zucchini plants

I purchased the rest of my plants last weekend, and I was excited to get them into the ground.

Unfortunately, I realized — too late — that I probably jumped the gun and planted them too soon. I read “one week after last frost” and didn’t even think to check the official frost dates for our area, which are still several weeks away. Oops.

Tara from Deal Seeking Mom suggested that I cover them on cold nights to see if that might help, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I have to replace all of them.

In other news, I’m so thankful to have Mike from Urban Organic Gardener on standby to answer my questions as they pop up. I had a couple of questions this week, which I thought I’d share here with Mike’s answers in case anyone else has the same questions:

Trellising

How do I make a trellis? Are there any guidelines on size, openings, etc.? How do I train my plants once it’s up?

Mike suggested these two trellis designs as a starting point for deciding what I want to build:

He also said: “Most vines won’t need to be trained to go up the trellis and will do so naturally. You can train them by propping them on the trellis or loosely tying the stems to the trellis and cutting it as it starts to grow. You will want to be sure to have the trellis in the ground early though before the roots are too established and get disrupted.”

 

Watering

How do I know how much water to give each plant? What does 1″ water per week mean?

Mike’s answer: “Who knows what 1 inch per week means? That measurement means nothing to you, me or any other normal person. The better rule of thumb that I’ve heard is to stick your fingers into the soil about knuckle deep or so. If the soil is dry, it’s time to water. That’s something that I can understand and wrap my head around.”

Agreed! He also mentioned moisture indicators  which light up when the soil gets too dry, but I think the finger test will work just fine for us.

That’s it for us this week. I’m hoping to get the supplies for a kitchen herb garden for my birthday this week, so I’ll share those next week if I do!

How are your garden plans coming along?

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