Did you know plants have families? We didn’t either when we first started gardening. We won’t get into the science too deeply because it really does go on and on…and on. But knowing your plants and who is in what family makes it easier to lay out your garden beds. Generally speaking you want to plant like minded plants together. Now don’t confuse this with companion planting. While they have some similarities, plant families are more about which plants are related and not just about
There are so many plant varieties on the market. Sure, you may know that you want to plant tomatoes, but have you thought about what type of tomato? A beef steak tomato, a roma tomato, variegated, yellow or red are all different plant varieties. And that doesn’t even put a dent in your choices. Each type of plant, whether it’s corn, green beans, squash, etc., all have different plant varieties to choose from. How do you know which plant varieties you need for your garden?
Planning a spring garden can an overwhelming task. Where do you put your garden? How much space do you need? What do you plant? These are all questions we had when we began our garden four years ago. We learn as we go, but if y’all can learn from our mistakes you’ll be ahead of the curve. Whether you have a spring garden or are starting from scratch planning begins now! Every January we get out our notebooks, seed catalogs and look at our plot.