SPRING GARDEN PREPARATION | Zone 6 Gardening

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We are doing some things to prepare our zone 6 garden here in the midwest. The soil is workable and we are starting some seeds.

Go watch Christina’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0GnYyiU-Ts

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I have to admit I am a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ gardener. I’m not one to test the ph of the soil, and research various organic gardening methods.Β  The words ‘hydroponics’ and ‘raised beds’ mean nothing to me. Till the ground, add some seeds, pick the weeds, make sure there is water and sunshine…that’s about the extent of my gardening strategy.

I’m sure there are much better ways to do things, but this formula has produced a pretty great harvest for the past several years. The only times my garden performed poorly was the years I just simply neglected it. (As in last year when I was pregnant and deathly afraid of toxoplasmosis ridden cat poop. More on that saga here- https://farmhouseonboone.com/farmhouse-on-boone/my-favorite-scriptures-to-get-me-through-times-of-worry/.)

As a general rule, greens and root vegetables can go in the ground earlier than tomatoes, peppers, basil and flowers. Some plants can handle a little frost, and some will shrivel and die with the mention of it. This info is usually on the back of seed packets.

Preparing the soil
This year we had a whole box full of seeds, some that were leftover from last year and some that people gave us.

I divided the seeds into three categories:
1. Seeds to start indoors in March.
2. Ones that can go straight into the ground in early spring
3. Those that do better going straight in the ground later in the season.

Start Seeds Indoors in March
The seeds in this category are ones that need a longer growing season, but lots of warm weather and sunshine. They can’t go in the ground in March, but they need to get started that early for a timely harvest. For us, these are tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, basil, sunflowers, zinnias and cosmos.

This year we just repurposed some egg cartons for seed starting. I used an organic seed starting mix.

The key to getting seeds to sprout is lots of moisture and sunshine. If the seeds aren’t watered a couple times a day they won’t sprout. I like to use a spray bottle for this, so they don’t get oversaturated.

A south facing window is best for light. We picked up a little greenhouse for seed starting this year. This way the seeds stay warm and get plenty of good outdoor sunshine. We will probably have to bring the seedlings indoors on super cold March nights.

By time it is time for the seedlings to go in the ground, the paper cartons should pull apart easily from being watered so often. I plan to put the directly in the ground, so I don’t have to disturb the roots.

Plant When the Soil is Workable
I consulted the back of my seed packets to find out which ones can be planted as soon as the soil is workable. In the midwest, that is right now!

Greens, like spinach, kale, lettuce and arugula, prefer cooler weather. Right now is a perfect time to get those going.

Also, root veggies, like carrots, beets and radishes prefer to grow in cooler temps.

Potatoes also like a cooler soil. In our area, the typical rule of thumb is to plant potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day…

Read the rest of the article: https://farmhouseonboone.com/farmhouse-on-boone/zone-6-garden-update-from-the-farmhouse

Check outΒ this handy resource from Urban FarmerΒ to get the planting schedule for your zone: https://www.ufseeds.com/learning/planting-schedules/

Check out my other gardening posts:
7 Tips for growing a Beautiful Cut Flower Garden- https://farmhouseonboone.com/farmhouse-on-boone/tips-for-growing-a-cut-flower-garden-and-how-to-make-simple-arrangements/
How to Make Homemade Fermented Pickles- https://farmhouseonboone.com/farmhouse-on-boone/the-easiest-way-to-make-homemade-pickles-from-all-those-extra-garden-cucumbers/
Homemade Sauerkraut (Great for all those fresh heads of cabbage!)- https://farmhouseonboone.com/farmhouse-on-boone/homemadesauerkraut/

I can’t wait to update you all in several months with a full grown garden tour.Β 

Thank you so much for stopping by the farmhouse!

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Comments

mason jar memories says:

Excited to see how your garden does! We are trying to do a garden for the first time this year. πŸ™‚

BLUE WATER PINES SANTA ROSA Beach,Florida says:

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LeAnne Hurline says:

I'm in zone 4 and I started broccoli, cabbage, parsley, thyme, and summer savory seeds indoors… I'm getting ready to start tomatoes and peppers this week… ready for the snow to melt… here in PA… rarely have snow this late in the year… I noticed you don't have any MIGardener seeds… I love their heirloom seeds for $0.99 a pack.

Lauren Quear says:

Looking for your cut flower video. Can u link it?

My My says:

Love your channel!

CC3 Mathews says:

Can't wait to see your progress!

The DIY Mommy says:

Oh, I'm so jealous of your bare soil outside and that you get to plant some veggies already! Lovely video as always, Lisa, and thanks for doing this collab with me.

The Plant-Based Homestead says:

Okay, HOW are you getting the pumpkins to grow? We're doing something wrong. They start growing but no fruit. I also noticed you put rebar or something between your greenhouse. Is that to hold it in place? Ours literally flew away because the wind took it last year. lol We have another one we keep with grow lights on every shelf for inside. I'd LOVE to hear more tips and tricks for gardening. I'm in zone 5 in Central NY.

Rita Kessler says:

Thank You for your videos

Melanie Glenn says:

Yeah! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆTwo of my fav vloggers! Imagine that! πŸ™‚ Tfs…πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Norma Lopez Ingle says:

I just learned a lot from watching this video. I dont know if can do a garden this year we will be gone for a couple of weeks in the summer and i wont be able to take care of them. Last year my garden did really well. I had so many tomatoes they were sweet and delicious.

ArmindaHeart says:

Yay! You did a garden video! Keep us updated. I do mulch gardening, which is a super easy, [possibly] free, stress free way to garden. Sheet mulch by layering organic matter (no digging/tilling) in the fall, Plant in the spring. No weeding, hardly ever need to water, and the soil is fed continuously. No tilling keeps the soil life alive to feed your plants throughout the season. Thought I’d share. Happy gardening!

Alicia Bowman says:

I’m in zone 2/3 too! In Alberta…we still have snow on everything too. So jealous of your climate and super excited for this season to start up here!

Mandy BEWKES says:

Love your video's. Question even though you put the late vegetables out do you still start growing them now?

Bibiane Sproule says:

Thanks for the great sharing Lisa, you and Christina go very well together! Love gardening, we're in Canada, not as cool zone as Christina!πŸ˜‰. Great with the flower growing, we do fresh cut flowers in Canada and go to Markets!πŸ’

Kaitlyn Mallory says:

Like someone else mentioned, I would loved a gardening for beginners video series and garden follow up.

I’m like a major gardening newbie (I’m in zone 9, I think???) and am currently looking up stuff to plant. Hopefully I’ll get more wins than losses this year. lol.

Momma From Scratch says:

This style of video I felt I was sitting across your porch with you! Loved it. Ive planted peas, and sald greens already along with a few flower mixes. Cant wait for the update.

Jill H says:

I can’t wait until I have the time and space to have a garden!! So fun!

Susan Velez says:

That looks amazing, can't wait to see all your goodies. I'm still feeding my starter! πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™…πŸ»

Joy James says:

Can you please do a video about your chickens? I'm a first time chicken mama and I have 4 chicks that are 6 weeks old☺

Yana Gudmundson says:

Love this!! Reminded me I need to start planting my seeds. Would you do a video on composting?

mickyunit says:

Recently discovered your channel. Really enjoy your content 😊.

Matilda Lundin says:

So exciting! Your friend Christina lives where I live! πŸ™‚

Tiny Cooking with Kim Westmoreland says:

I’ve got potatoes, onions, tomatoes and bell peppers in the ground so far. I have planted mammoth sunflowers to hopefully give some shade when it starts getting really hot.

Anderson Silver says:

I live in New England, we had one 75 degree day in February and three big storms the last few weeks.

wjcdmartin says:

I so enjoy your channel. You have so many wonderful things going on in your life with children, home, garden, blog, sewing. Could you do a video on "time management" to let us know how you accomplish the things you do in a day? How you prioritize. You're always so relaxed and happy-go-lucky and I'd love to see a glimpse into "a day in the life" on the farm.

Swany Soup says:

Thank you so much! Very helpful tips. I am starting my own backyard garden for the first time this year, up here in British Columbia, Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦. Super excited!!

Donna says:

Looking forward to seeing your garden!πŸ₯•πŸŒ±πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŒΎπŸŒΊπŸŒ»

Micki A says:

Yay! I wish I had more garden space! I’m going to fill every pot I can find with garden veggies! πŸ€—

Tiffany Arpin says:

New subbie from Christines ch!!!You're my neighbor. .lol..I live in Ks.!!Hugs..Have a Great week hun!🌼🌞🌷

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