I’m Just A Seedling

I’m Just A Seedling

Hello there! I am just starting my vegetable garden for the first time, here in Ferndale, Michigan.

Paul, my husband, got part of the garden broken-up, but it needs to be bigger. Here are the seeds we bought: Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Zucchini Squash, Broccoli, Watermelon, Sweet Corn and Snow Peas. We also bought onion seeds (difficult to grow, apparently), which I am going to attempt to start indoors, and a few seeds for my already functioning herb garden (I already have a hearty stock of lavender, mint and parsley): basil, oregano. garlic chives, and cilantro. I also bought this really sweet looking ornamental grass to put by the fence in the herb garden. Also, my Topsy Turvy Tomatoe planter should be on it's way: http://www.topsygardening.com/10/products/tomato-planter.php

I have never had a vegetable garden before. I am optimistic, since I have successfully executed a flower garden and an herb garden. I got two books about gardening out of the library. So far, I have learned that I need a cube of space, instead of a row, for the corn to pollenate and I have discovered that I should plant the snow peas in the back row, against the fence, so that we can provide a trellis for them to climb. I looked for something called "bacterial inoculate" to treat the pea seeds with. We couldn't find this stuff. Paul thinks the gardening book is outdated and the seeds are already "inoculated." I have learned about side-dressing the plants, once they get bigger. I have wrapped my head around the idea of thinning the plants out, once they grow to a certain size. There are a lot of details that go into a successful garden.

I don't understand exactly what a second crop is. Does that mean, once one plant is harvested and isn't producing anymore, then you dig up and plant seeds of a new plant? I don't know which plants should and shouldn't be planted close to one another. Also, when digging a garden, should we create a drainage system, with ditching?

I doubt Paul and I will make any garden progress today, since it's suppose to rain all day.
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