The legendary South Bend nightclub Vegetable Buddies is set to reopen in the spring, and this time it’ll feature an integrated restaurant to go along with its food-forward moniker.
Over the last few months a lot of people have written in asking how to start a vegetable garden, and what I personally do when beginning to plan, organize, and plant my garden.
Considering all the variables that can go into growing vegetables, these were questions that needed more space to expand upon than there was room for in the Question & Answer Section.
So in order to better answer how I start a vegetable garden, I decided to share with you exactly how my family and I plan, organize, and plant our garden, and you can follow along, step-by-step in this article.
Now I am going to assume you have already chosen your vegetable seeds. If you’re not sure about buying seeds, see article – Tips to Get the Most Out of Mail Order Seed and Plant Catalogs – about how to choose and buy seeds from a catalog. The information in that article also applies to buying seed at your local garden center.
From seed, I typically like to plant: corn, beets, radishes, parsnips, squash, potatoes, beans, peas, flowers, pumpkins, carrots, sunflowers, chard, and onion (sets).
As far as buying young plants, I like to buy tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, peppers, some lettuce, and herbs.
After talking it over, my family and I decided to keep our garden fairly simple this year by not planting as many different types of vegetables as we usually do, but still using good planting techniques to conserve water and weeding.
If, however, you want to plant more than we have in our garden this year, go for it; this article is just to get you started. Also, if you live in an area that is cooler than ours, and you actually need more warmth in the soil, don’t worry, I mention that alternative as we go along.
Vegetable gardens are fun, and with a little prep, very easy. Even if you have never planted a vegetable garden before, you can get started right away, and be very successful.
What is the first thing veteran parents ask new parents when they see a newborn? How are they sleeping? After the first 3-4 weeks of waking up every two hours, Darlington started sleeping like a little rock star, between 6-8 hours.
We became those annoyingly proud parents, telling anyone and everyone who would listen, and bam! A week before she turned four months old, she was up again every three hours—ravenous. For some reason, lack of sleep never happens at a convenient time. I kept trying to figure out what I was doing wrong or differently to throw her off schedule.
Then, Mom suggested something that hadn’t crossed my mind yet—It might be time for solids. What? No! According to everything I’d read, six months is the suggested time to introduce solids. But, with a little more digging, I found that Wholesome BabyFood advises, “Watch the baby—not the calendar,” despite whether a baby is breastfed or not (source).
So, to make sure that it wasn’t just the three-to-four-month-old growth spurt, I took this small test: