Getting started is the most daunting part of gardening. So to figure it all out, we called master gardener Adam Weiss, who runs gardening seminars through his Woodstock-based B&B, Pike Lane, and writes a blog full of tips, tricks, and wisdom. What follows are his thoughts on what to plant and when to get it into the ground.
What to grow.
The number one factor when deciding what to grow is the amount of space you have. Here's a list of popular vegetables and type of space they're best suited to:
• Small Gardens (multiple medium to large pots on a terrace or roof deck): Lettuces, peas, spinach, herbs, beets, carrots, and radishes.
• Medium Gardens (small section of a yard with a bed of soil): All of the above plus kale, Swiss chard, broccoli, bush beans, onions, leaks, and bok choy.
• Large Gardens (more than one bed of soil): All of the above plus tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchini, and cauliflower.
• Extra Large Gardens (multiple large beds of soil): All of the above plus winter squash, melons, and pumpkins (which need 30-36 inches between them).
Note: There are always exceptions to the above. If you love tomatoes and only have a small terrace, for instance, you may choose to just grow tomatoes. That said, if you grow butternut squash in your small garden, you might only have one plant.
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