Planning And Planting A Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Southern New Jersey

Dated: 04/20/2016

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Now that spring is officially upon us, many are dreaming of planting a vegetable garden to enjoying its lush harvest throughout the summer and into autumn. 

If you already garden, you have most likely started most of your plants with seeds and plan to transplant them into the soil sometime between now and mid-May. A word of caution for any gardener is to wait until all indications of a late spring frost has passed. Not only is surface frost dangerous to young plants, the soil beneath must be sufficiently warm to nurture the young root systems. If planted too early the plants will not grow.

Vegetables are divided into two categories. Warm season crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and beans to name a few. Cool season crops include lettuces, broccoli, and peas. Raised beds are a popular and successful way to plant these days. The soil in these types of gardens warms up quicker. The soil, also, takes longer to cool down at the end of the season. This helps to extend your growing season. If a frost is predicted, you can easily protect your plants by covering and anchoring securely until the threat is over.

Raised beds allow you to fit more plants within a smaller space. With mounded beds, the roots grow downward towards the water. This allows the plants to take up less space beneath the soil, rather than spreading out and competing with the roots of other plants.

Some of the other benefits of raised bed gardening is that you have less soil compaction, not having to walk on the beds helps to prevent this. They are easily accessed from all sides and much easier on your back and arms.

Gardening can become a relaxing and satisfying way to spend your down time. During your harvest times, you will enjoy the benefits of large portions of your meals will come from your own edible garden. Maintaining a garden can improve your health by providing you with fresher, uncontaminated food, save you on your grocery bills. NGA estimates that the average family spends $70 per year to plant a vegetable garden; they grow approximately $600 worth of produce

7 Apps for Your Garden

1.Eden Garden Designer ($1.99)

This app (available for iPhones only) lets you take a picture of your yard then experiment with the look of different plants and trees. You simply drag and drop plants from a choice of about 20 into different places, and the app even lets you see how your yard will appear in different seasons.

2.Essential Garden Guide ($1.99)

If you want to plant fruits and vegetables, sort through this database of more than 30 vegetables and 10 fruits. The app includes all the details you'll need to plant, tend to, and harvest your crops, including how deep to plant seeds and how much light each crop needs.

If you're not sure of which seeds to choose, check out myHeirloom Seed Kits for wonderful selections of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers that are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated, and non-patented, in selections for both Northern and Southern climates.

3.Foolproof Plants for Small Gardens ($0.99)

This app has detailed information on more than 90 plants perfect for small spaces. You'll be able to pick the perfect plants for your climate zone and get step-by-step guides on planting and even much more (like how to lay down mulch).

4.Leafsnap (free)

Have you ever looked at a tree and wondered what kind it is? This "electronic field guide" includes high-resolution images of trees' leaves, fruit, flower, and bark so you can discern one from another. It currently only contains trees from the east coast of the US, but it's still growing.

5.Organic Gardening Magazine( free)

If you subscribe toOrganic Gardening Magazine, you can download issues for free on your phone or tablet. Each issue includes gardening tips, photos, recipes, and more.

6.Perennial Match ($4.99)

Picking perennials to make your yard bloom with color throughout the year can be overwhelming, but this app makes it a cinch. You can sort plants by height, spacing, colors, and more, and even find out what types of animals and insects different perennials attract. The app also lets you create combinations of perennials and see side-by-side photos of what they'll look like in your garden.

7. Sprout It (free)

Sprout It has it all… plant guides to help you pick what to grow, step-by-step growing instructions, cooking and recipe ideas for your crops, and ideas for different types of garden projects. It even works with your local weather information and sends you reminders about planting and watering.

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Sam Lepore

Sam Lepore is a Realtor with Keller Williams in Moorestown, NJ. Call him today at 856.297.6827 ....

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