Beginners guide to gardening available through Extension

By on April 2, 2019

Starting a home garden can be a daunting task. The thought of buying materials and seeds, spending hours preparing and planting, just to have all of your hard work be for naught if your plants die can discourage anyone.

Yet, the reward of having fresh vegetables and the sense of accomplishment achieved when growing a plant from seed to harvest is well worth the heartache.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Currituck Center’s article, Beginners Guide to Gardening, aims to take the distress out of gardening.

A short summary of the article can be found below, with the complete article found at the Currituck County Extension web page https://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu

Once you’re through with this article, you will have all of the knowledge necessary to start your very own vegetable garden.

Picking a location is the first step when starting a home vegetable garden. Planting should be done north to south to allow for even amounts of sunlight for each row.

Traditional row gardens, raised beds, container, and intensive interplanted gardens are a few garden techniques, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.

Regardless of the garden technique, soil should be sampled prior to planting to ensure proper soil fertility.

Knowing the right time to plant vegetables is another challenge. Using a planting table is a good place to start.

The planting table below shows when to plant a few vegetables in Eastern N.C.

For more gardening techniques, sign up for N.C. Cooperative Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer’s Speaker’s Bureau Series at http://go.ncsu.edu/mgspeakersbureau.

This free monthly series aims to help you improve and enjoy your garden.

For questions about the Master GardenerSM program contact Chris Blaha at chris_blaha@ncsu.edu.

More information on vegetable gardening can be found on N.C. State University web page (https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/) titled: Vegetable Gardening and Vegetable Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide.

For additional gardening help or for help with soil samples, contact Adam Formella by email (adam_formella@ncsu.edu) or phone (252-232-2262).

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