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Hello Idaho,

April showers brings May... produce! Have you started your veggie garden yet? Now is the perfect time. Growing a vegetable garden can be a perfect family activity, a serene and calming hobby and mindful way to eat healthy and harvest home grown produce. Plus, tending a garden for a few hours every week is awesome physical activity for any age. Gardening is just the greatest.

Sunflowers grow quickly.

What You Need to Start a Great Garden

  1. Sun — Planting in the sunshine is best for vegetables.
  2. Space — Think about where you want to plant and what you want to plant. If you have never had a garden before, it is much better to start small. A small garden you can be proud of is a lot more fun than a large one that can be overwhelming.
  3. Dirt — Find good soil. Idaho is full of fertile soil but sometimes we need to add compost for nutrients. Also, think about the drainage. Fine dirt or soil will wash away faster than lush soil. Add straw or wood chips to the top of the soil to keep in moisture without washing away the ground.
  4. Seeds — Purchasing seeds is less expensive than buying pre-started plants. It is definitely worth it to pay a little extra for high-quality seeds. Better seeds are not only more promising to germinate, they will give you more lush plants and a higher yield when harvesting.
  5. A little timing — certain things grow best at certain times of the year. Idaho is such a seasonal place to live, timing things out can be tricky. We found this amazing resource for Idaho specific vegetable gardening
  6. A game plan — Think about what you want to plant and where you want to plant it. Think about the size of your garden and the room necessary for each plant to grow to fullest potential. If you have no idea where to start, we found a fantastic online planning guide through the Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner.

Even a small container can help you grow herbs.

If your gardening space is your back patio, try a planter garden! This guide on how to get started with container gardening has some awesome tips.

Do you have a green thumb? Show us your goods and share with us on Facebook or tag us on Instagram!

Until Next Week,

Eat Smart Idaho, University of Idaho Extension