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Little Rock, Arkansas
Jetaylor1983
Jul 3, 2017 11:27 PM CST
Just moved into a house from an apartment in Central Arkansas and there is a 1J5' square garden plot. I would LOVE to plant some vegetables and flowers but do I still have time?

What do I plant?

Where should I get seeds?

How do I know what the soil needs?


I've been in gardens from the time I was a toddler but I've never been the one responsible for planning; ANY help/info/seeds/tid-bits/tips/tricks would be greatly appreciated!!!!
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 4, 2017 4:08 AM CST
You should have plenty of time for fast growers like beans and squash.
And your autumn garden... Think turnips, rutabagas, and collards.
Have you visited the gardening app?
https://garden.org/apps/calend...
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 4, 2017 11:54 AM CST
Welcome! and 😁 I agree
Check this sites garden planting guide. It will tell you what to plant and when, for your location
Still some summer veges to plant. Winter veges, planting time is coming up fast.
Don't delay !!!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jul 4, 2017 11:59 AM CST
Ohh my goodness !
PS : Incorporate a bag of mulch and manure to bed. Then top with bag of compost. That should be good.
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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jul 4, 2017 12:23 PM CST
Might be good to get your soil tested, says She-Who-Never-Does. What's up with the existing plot? Does it get good sun? Maybe add some compost and after you plant, add some mulch.

Try some transplants for starters. I'm a bit north of you but just read that it's time to get tomatoes growing. Not sure if it's too early but you should be able to grow a lot of spinach, lettuce, etc from seed for fall.

Another thought. See if you can find Mexican Mint Oregano. A few weeks ago I got a very small transplant and it loves the heat. Has small pink flowers. Birds and bees love it. Also Texas Tarragon. Sweeter than French Tarragon. Has yellow flowers. A lot of herbs do well in the heat: lemon balm, pineapple sage, etc. Visit a local nursery (not big box store) and ask for advice.

I'm a big proponent of growing native perennials. Bet you have some Master Gardeners you could talk to. (Ours have a hotline.) @Frostweed probably knows of some helpful organizations.
Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Jul 5, 2017 6:50 AM CST
Since it's late, zinnias and marigolds will be your fastest growing flower and best chance for a flower garden this year. I live and have lived in neighboring states so I know you have long seasons like me. Both will be flowering in 6 weeks or less. I am still planting zins since we have time and they will bloom in August. They are my hole fillers in my gardens when necessary.

You have time for fall corn. Corn is nice and easy. Just plant and wait.

To get started on seeds this late, try swallowtail garden seeds online, bakers creek, stokes, etc. Then I would join a swap come November (one is already posted in the swap section here). You will swap seeds for some things you want to try for next year. Some of my favorite things have come from swaps. Hope all goes well.
Name: Bea Kimball
Little Rock, Arkansas; (Zone 7b)
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Buzzbea424
Jul 5, 2017 8:32 PM CST
Welcome, fellow Little Rocker.

Getting your soil tested is free and easy. Call the county extension service for instructions. You'll get a report and recommendations in just a few days.

Zinnias and marigolds love Arkansas weather. They'll bloom till frost and they'll tolerate the heat and humidity as well. WHen it cools you might try snapdragons. They can be almost perennial in a mild winter. And of course everyone who doesn't have a deer problem plants pansies.

I used to, but I lost 3 flats overnight and decided never again. Enjoy your gardening. Welcome!





Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Jul 6, 2017 12:29 AM CST
Fall crops are still possible. Think Spring crops... Many grow better in Fall than Spring.
Name: Anne Harai
Snohomish, WA (Zone 8a)
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NWgirl
Jul 7, 2017 9:00 AM CST
Winter radishes, like daikon, should work well and be ready in September or October. And carrots for a good fall crop.

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