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Vegetable Gardening Starts Now

I know it is cold and damp outside and finishing your IRS 1040 is higher on your “To Do” list than vegetable gardening. But now is the time to get your garden ready for your cool season crops. Whether your vegetable garden is in ground or in a raised bed, it is time to dig up the weeds and grass, and pull up all the dead vegetable plants from last year.   Turn the soil over mixing in good organic materials, compost, top soil and a little balanced fertilizer 8-8-8, 10-10-10, or 13-13-13. I also mix in a bag or two of composted manure, which can be purchased at most of the nurseries, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Farmer’s Feed & Seed etc.  Cool season vegetable plants and seeds can also be purchased in most of these same stores.   My cool season favorites include onions, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, arugula, leaf lettuce and potatoes.  ACES publications ANR-0063, ANR-0479 and ANR-47 all have very nice charts for when and what to plant whether it be cool season or summer vegetable gardening.  A little work now will pay off all season long.

Article by Mike Forster, Montgomery County Master Gardener