Beginning Gardener - Knowledgebase Question

Novato, CA
Question by suzyborlin
July 11, 1999
I have just moved into a new home which has a garden plot boxed off which measures 70" x 220" in direct sunlight for most of the day. I have never gardened before as I have always been an apartment dweller and would like suggestions for what to vegetables to plant and what time of year I can plant them.


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Answer from NGA
July 11, 1999

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If there is literally no space between garden plots, then outline yours with a frame of planks set on the ground, or a band of mulch (newspaper covered with straw) to define boundaries clearly.

Since you're starting your garden mid-season, stick with veggies that mature in short timeframes such as lettuce, radish, spinach, etc. (Avoid long-season crops like corn and squash.)

Hope the above gets you started on a wonderfully rewarding new hobby! If there is literally no space between garden plots, then outline yours with a frame of planks set on the ground, or a band of mulch (newspaper covered with straw) to define boundaries clearly.

Since you're starting your garden mid-season, stick with veggies that mature in short timeframes such as lettuce, radish, spinach, etc. (Avoid long-season crops like corn and squash.)

Hope the above gets you started on a wonderfully rewarding new hobby!

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