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Vegetable Garden Planning Tips

15 April 2016

Plan for your garden.

With frosty mornings in the rearview mirror, it’s time to plan your garden for the summer. Here are some tips for Oklahoma residents that you should follow when considering garden planning for the upcoming summer months. We’ll also share some vegetables that tend to be particularly successful for Tulsa-area gardeners.

You can nurture a successful garden in your Oklahoma backyard in no time.

Image via Jennifer C. on Flickr

Site Selection

First off, you have to select the site of your garden. Ideally, you want to look for an area that’s exposed to full or nearly-full sunlight featuring deep, well-drained, fertile soil. Make sure a water supply is close by, such as a garden hose, irrigation system or other water feature. This will make it much easier to water your plants through the summer months without having to lug around a watering can. Position your garden away from trees and shrubs that also need light, water, and nutrients. You don’t want one or the other to be neglected.

Vegetables

Plant perennial vegetables such as asparagus and winter onions to one side or at the end of your garden. Plant hardy veggies together so you can easily follow up with late-season plantings later. In addition, group like vegetables together for easier care and maintenance. They are grouped as hardy, semi-hardy, tender, or very tender, according to Oklahoma State University. If you decide to go with a shaded area that only gets a couple hours of sunlight a day, you’ll have luck with the following in Oklahoma:

  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

Tips

Here are some quick takeaways when planning your garden:

  • Sample and test your soil every few years
  • Apply fertilizers only in recommended amounts stated on the bag
  • Use organic materials like compost whenever you can
  • Thin plants out when they’re small
  • Conserve moisture, prevent weeds and reduce rot through the use of mulch
  • Don’t water your garden too much
  • Do frequent weeding
  • Be on the lookout for signs of disease, critters and insects
  • Wash and clean your gardening tools after using them
  • Rotate crop families each year so insects and disease don’t prevail
  • Harvest your vegetables during cool hours
  • Don’t cultivate too deeply, as this can do irreparable damage to your plants

By following these tips and heeding the recommendations of your local nursery or garden center, you can nurture a successful garden in your Oklahoma backyard in no time.

Once your garden planning is well underway, it’s time to take a fresh look at your roof and gutters. Let LeafGuard® of Oklahoma help you install quality, seamless gutters this summer for the ultimate in efficient drainage systems.

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