It’s time to plant a vegetable garden for your fourth prep challenge in March. Obviously what month you plant your garden will vary by climate. Over the years I’ve learned what vegetables work for us and what don’t. If you can’t plant a vegetable garden this year, don’t guilt yourself. Circumstances don’t always make this challenge easy. But if you want to begin your garden, jump right in.
“We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard. Even those residing in apartments Even those residing in apartments or condominiums can generally grow a little food in pots and planters. Study the best methods of providing your own foods. Make your garden as neat and attractive as well as productive.”PresidENt Spencer W. Kimball
1. Plant a Vegetable and/or Fruit Garden
It doesn’t matter if it’s a large garden, or a patio garden. Any garden needs a plan. So, research vegetable garden plans to figure out what works best for you.
- Decide if you are a novice or advanced gardener, or somewhere in between. I’ve listed some beginner books below.
- Do some website research of your climate and decide where it makes sense to plant.
- Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight. Did you know there are some plants that can grow in shade? Check out this HGTV article.
- Decide if you will start from seeds or buy seedlings.
- Create a drawing of your garden area and choose plants that will grow best in each area.
- Decide how you will water your garden.
- Prepare the soil.
- Involve your family when you plant and care for your garden.
Benefits of Having a Vegetable Garden
- Expands our appreciation of nature.
- Teaches the family to work together.
- Helps us be less dependent on others for food.
- Adds nutritious food to our diet.
- Gives us opportunities to save money, and help those in need. (See The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part A)
If you already have your vegetable garden started, perhaps add a few more items to your 72-hour kit.
I love getting my gloved hands in the soil and hope you enjoy this adventure as you plant your vegetable garden this month.
The Food Storage Organizer
- Gardening with Less Water
- Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners
- Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
- The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible
- Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space
- All New Square Foot Gardening