Greg Bowman: 2022 home vegetable gardening tips | Opinion | northwestgeorgianews.com – Northwest Georgia News

Yes, I am fully aware that we are in November. There may be several gardeners that did plant cold season crops, but for the majority, gardening season was finished months ago.

The ground is also getting colder and damp. This can be a great time for vegetable gardeners to plan for 2022 gardening success.

Most folks have heard the phrase, “The early bird catches the worm”. I think that same phrase can easily be related to vegetable gardening. Preparation out of season can be a key to having success when the spring and summer vegetable growing season is here.

You want all of the planning to be done when it is time to get to work in the garden spot.

Today, I will be sharing reminders from a UGA publication by Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension Horticulturist and David Linvill, UGA Extension Agent. For starters, this article may be o…….

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Yes, I am fully aware that we are in November. There may be several gardeners that did plant cold season crops, but for the majority, gardening season was finished months ago.

The ground is also getting colder and damp. This can be a great time for vegetable gardeners to plan for 2022 gardening success.

Most folks have heard the phrase, “The early bird catches the worm”. I think that same phrase can easily be related to vegetable gardening. Preparation out of season can be a key to having success when the spring and summer vegetable growing season is here.

You want all of the planning to be done when it is time to get to work in the garden spot.

Today, I will be sharing reminders from a UGA publication by Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension Horticulturist and David Linvill, UGA Extension Agent. For starters, this article may be one where I try to get you thinking and have you answer questions on the current status of your garden spot.

You may have to go back into your memory bank on how the growing season went in 2021. I think the first point to consider is the actual vegetable garden site. Where is the garden area in the landscape? It does not matter if you are growing in raised beds or in the actual ground, but where the garden is located is a big key in your success or failure.

Does the area provide at least 8 to 10 hours of sunlight in the growing season per day? You do not want to grow vegetables in shade. Sunlight is needed for growth and will help dry plant foliage after a rain. How close is your vegetable garden to a clean water source? It is suggested to have the garden close enough to the house so you can provide clean water in times you need to irrigate.

How well-draining is the area of excess water? Overall 2021 has been a wet year. You should know by now if your garden area drains excess water well after rain events. How much do you have to battle weeds such as nutsedge and bermuda grass? Ideally, you pick a garden spot that is fairly weed free in the first place.

My daughters have always played basketball. For them there has never an off season. Each were either playing on a school team, travel team or doing their own workouts all year. Lindsay is playing college basketball now. This can relate to successful vegetable gardeners, because there is always something to do in the garden spot just like an athlete is preparing their sports success.

In the non-growing season, a gardener may plant a cover crop to help the soil. They also may take the time to repair or replace tools or may need to get equipment such as a garden tiller serviced or repaired. In March and April, it is not the time to remember the tiller needs major repair or you need to replace a broken handle on a garden tool.

Find the time to get those needed tools and other equipment ready to go for spring. You …….

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