Anyone who is interested in organic gardening in NJ should consider the benefits of digging and prepping (or refreshing) the garden beds during fall. This makes sense for several reasons: It’s easier to dig garden beds in the fall. In early spring, the ground is slowly thawing out of undiggable, frozen conditions. In autumn, the soil […]
Raised Bed Gardening
In February, the soil is usually frozen and therefore can’t be worked. So if you intend to plant an early spring garden, then the best time to ready your garden beds for planting is before the second week of March. You want the soil to be prepared in time for that first spring planting, traditionally
First-time NJ gardener? You’re probably anticipating an inaugral harvest of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers. And if you’ve never gardened before, then you probably have no idea when to plant any of these vegetables. May 15 is the generally acknowledged, official garden-planting day here in NJ Zone 6. So if you want to grow the aforementioned produce,
Being relatively new gardeners (this is our fifth year of growing organic vegetables here in NJ Zone 6), we occasionally still have to research certain aspects of gardening before being able to write about them. Mid-summer planting was one of them. My mother has been gardening for most of her life, and I remember that
Thinking of putting in a raised bed garden this spring? Low maintenance and high yield make this a perfect choice, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience or time to devote to growing backyard veggies, but you still want to try. As compared to row gardens, raised beds are better for a few good reasons.
Mid July heats up NJ like no other! If you thought it was time to ditch the shovel in favor of sitting in front of the air conditioner, guess again, organic gardener. There’s a whole host of garden veggies that live for the scorching summer weather. What sort of gardening can you do in July
New Jersey is reputed as being the ideal climate for growing fine, fat tomatoes that burst with flavor. Even the most casual or inexperienced of NJ gardeners will probably put at least one tomato plant in come springtime to see what becomes of it. Tomatoes are most definitely a hot-weather plant, and do not fare
Thinking about creating a garden this year? Then take a lesson from the Chinese, who successfully cultivate prolific, raised bed gardens in miniscule backyards. High, mounded garden beds yield nearly twice the amount of produce than traditional row gardens. The plants also tend to be bigger and bear more fruit. Here are a few more
Hello from Garden Beds-N! Are you keeping up with your spring gardening schedule for NJ zone 6? Based on how our recent weather has been, you should have already planted the following: Peas. These should have been planted around March 15, no later than the last week of March. They take about 2 months to mature.
Yesterday, my husband pulled a living onion out of the ground in our backyard. It’s March 13, and our NJ raised bed garden is, for the most part, just piles of dormant earth waiting to wake up. So, this was very exciting for us. He diced it up immediately, and we sprinkled the tangy, fresh,