You have a family of different plant babies that are getting ready to nestle into their new home. So what do you have to do to make sure they have a great place to live?
The good news is that plants aren't mean house guests who are really picky. Have you ever seen weeds growing out of a sidewalk? That goes to show you that plants really do want to grow!
But there are some things that you can do to make sure they can be comfy, healthy, and ready to grow you some really delicious food! We're going to try and make it as simple as possible to make this happen.
To answer that, we need to think about WHAT plants need. That's what's going to tell us where we need to put them.
Plants are like most people when they're on vacation-- they need SUN, DRINK, and FOOD.
1. SUN- Look for a place that has sun for at least half the day. If you wanted to get a tan in your garden, where would you sit? That’s probably the best spot for your plants to get some sun. If you already have an area and don't want to move it, that's OK. Just be sure that your plants will get sun at least half the day (the more the better).
2. WATER-Your plants should always have damp soil-- not too dry, not too wet. Think of a delicious moist cake; that’s how damp your soil should be. So be sure you plant where you have irrigation or where you’ll remember to water often to keep the soil moist. Forgetting to water for a few too many days is the #1 reason we see plants not make it. If you're really ambitious (or lucky enough to already have it) a drip irrigation system can take the work out of watering buy automating it for you. You can click HERE to see some great starter kits and other watering tools. HERE is a guide on setting up drip irrigation.
3. FOOD- Soil is a plant's food (apart from CO2, but that's getting more complicated than we need to!). The better the soil, the happier your plants will be. Generally the darker and softer the dirt is, the better. Think of a mud pie dessert with the crushed Oreo base-- that’s what delicious soil for plants would look like. Adding in some fertilizer every time you plant helps make sure your plants will be well fed! CLICK HERE to see some products we recommend. You can also always add some bags of high quality soil from your local gardening store too.
Now that you know what plants need, go on out and look for places in your home or yard where they might be happy.
Types of places to plant
So, now that you know what to look for, we need to think about where exactly you'll want to plant. Remember, plants aren't picky house guests. Just like easy house guests don't mind if they go in the guest bedroom, on the couch, or in the camper, so plants can be happy in a variety of different homes. It all depends on what you have and what you'd want to get if you don't have it. Just remember, they need SUN, WATER, and FOOD (good soil). Here's some ideas to get you started:
- Ground- Plants have been growing in the ground for a very long time. There's really no need to reinvent the wheel. Your plants can grow happily in your yards' soil if they have sun and water. Adding plant food here would be a big benefit here to make sure your soil has all the nutrients your plants need. This is the cheapest option, though it's also the option that needs the most prep-work, since you'll need to get the ground ready for your plants who are coming. If you want to do this and are starting from scratch, click HERE to see step by step instructions on how to do it right.
- Planter Boxes/ Raised Beds- These are great! They help raise your plants off the ground so you don't have to bend down. They also help keep weeds out. They look good, and can be a wonderful option for your garden. Check out some of the ones that we recommend HERE. If you like DIY projects, you can also make some wonderful planter boxes using recycled wood, stone, brick, or a variety of other materials. HERE is a link on how to build a wooden planter box yourself. Remember that you'll want to fill these with good soil from your local home garden store.
- Pots- Pots are similar to planter boxes, except that you normally put fewer plants into a pot than you do a planter box. They can be really beautiful items to have sprinkled around your garden. They are also great for herb gardens. If you're planting in pots, make sure they have a hole in the bottom of them. This is important to make sure the pots don't fill with water and accidentally drown your plant roots.
Again, the soil is your plants food, so this is a great way to make sure your plants will be happy and healthy-- producing an abundant crop of herbs and veggies for you. Now, before your plants arrive, is the best time to get the soil ready.
Click HERE for some great plant food that can make that happen. It's best if you can apply the fertilizer before you're planting. If you're not able to-- don't worry, it will still help your plants. But if you can, apply your plant food 5-10 days before you are planting and mix it into your soil.
Weeds are like those people at beach resorts who leave their towels all over the beach chairs, even though they're not using them. Pretty soon, all the chairs are used up and your vacation all of a sudden got a lot more unpleasant.
In a similar way, weeds eat up your plant babies plant food and steal their sun. Because of this, you'll want to send them packing before your plant babies settle into their new home. If you notice them popping up again later, be sure to pull them out as well. You can spray a weed killer, till them into the ground, or pull them out by hand.
The good news is that the more you make sure that weeds aren't in your garden, the less weed seeds that will spring up in the future. But if you let the weeds grow and they drop their seed, you'll have more work cut out for yourself.
How much space do I need?
Plants come in all shapes and sizes. Think about how much bigger an oak tree is compared to a rose plant. It’s the same with veggies and herbs. They're all a similar size when you get them, but pretty soon they’ll be all different shapes and sizes!
The good news is that plants are adaptable-- if you plant them too close together, they won't die, they'll just stay smaller than they otherwise could be. But we want to help your plants sit in first class, with the perfect amount of space to move around and enjoy growing! They'll be OK in coach, but let's be honest, who doesn't want first class! To do this, follow the spacing recommendations as best you can.
Our subscriptions are developed for the following area types:
- Herb Subscription- Works in window pots/ planters as small as 5 small pots to as large as a 4x6' planter box. The herb subscription was developed for areas from five pots to up to 24 square feet.
- Veggie Garden Subscription- Works well in two to three 8x4' planter boxes, or veggie gardens sized form 64-100 square feet.
- Veggie Garden XL Subscription- Works well in six to eight 8x4' planter boxes or a vegetable gardens sized from 200-300 square feet.
Here are a few example layouts to give you an idea of what the layout could look like. Remember, your garden doesn't have to look like this, it's just an example to help you get an idea of the type of area you can use. You can always adjust with more or less space you put between plants, depending on what you have available.
Our goal is to help you have delicious homegrown veggies as long as your seasons allow. To do this, our planting program is developed so that when your plants are producing delicious veggies, we'll send you the next box to start growing. This is because it takes 4-8+ weeks form when you first plant to when you start harvesting your delicious veggies.
For example, we'll be sending you the first box of the year in early spring. Later in spring when the plants from this first box are producing delicious veggies, we'll send you your second box to plant. Then, when your first planting is finishing its production, the second box's plants should have grown and just started to produce.
It sounds complicated, and if you are sorting it out all yourself, it really is! But we do all that hard work for you, so all you need to do is keep a bit of empty space available so you'll have somewhere to plant your next box. This helps ensure you have as near a constant stream of fresh veggies that you can get!
So please don't fill up all your space with your first box. If you can leave about 1/3 of your space empty for your next box, this will help make sure you have enough room to have a nice rotation that will give you delicious herbs & veggies all year long! And fun fact-- allowing for crop rotation and soil to rest is actually a agricultural best practice that commercial farmers use. So great job on doing it just like the pro's do!
The Main Point
The main point is to find your plants some great soil, where they can get sun and water to grow. It might seem like a fair bit to think about, but just remember they key points-- your plants need water, sun, and food (soil). You can get as intricate or a simple as you like from there. The main point is to help you grow your own delicious food with the plants we're sending you.
You'll only have to do the hardest work of figuring out where to plant and getting it ready once. After that, each season it becomes easier and easier!
By making sure they have a great home to come in to, you'll make sure you're set for seasons to come!
Enjoy getting outdoors and getting your area ready for your #EasiestGardenEver!