With warmer temperatures, it's time for planting our spring gardens. Some of the most common spring crops for home gardens include tomatoes, cucumber, squash, eggplant, peppers, okra, and sweet potatoes. In order to ensure a smooth gardening season, experts recommend having all the supplies you need prior to planting. Here are three things to keep on hand:
- Most cucumber and squash varieties vine, so you need trellises to keep the fruit off of the ground.
- Tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and okra need to be staked to remain upright.
- If you plan to fertilize during the season, purchase that at the time you purchase seeds and/or transplants.
You have your supplies and you're ready to get your hands dirty. When planting, remember the rule of thumb to plant the seeds two times as deep as they are wide, and always follow package instructions for spacing. This gives the plants enough room to reach their full potential, and it increases the air flow through your garden, decreasing the risk of disease.