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Garden Info.

Okay, so I'm wanting to plant a few vegetables this year, but as a novice gardener, I have a few questions for you experts out there.

1. When do you normally start planting veggies?  I would like to plant tomatoes, zucchini, okra, and carrots.

2. Which of those can I plant in huge pots?  And, would you recommend this?  I am able to plot out a space in the yard, but I would rather just plant everything in individual pots.

3. Any additional advice on gardening?

Thanks!!

Re: Garden Info.

  • I'm sure that Flame will have the answers for you, but I'll try my best  ;)

    1.  I already planted my tomatoes, I'll transplant them into the porch around the end of the month.  I should have started my zuchini, but I will as soon as I get back from this trip, then I'll tranplant it outside.  Outside things you should be able to plant in late March/Early April.  The carrots you will want to plant directly into the ground, they will probabl do better in the spring before the really hot sumer hits.  Sorry, no idea on okra.

    2.  I grow my tomatoes in pots, I do 2 plants/24" pot.  I don't really see any problems with doing the others in pots, just make sure they aren't to crowded.

    3.  I don't have anything else right now....

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of gardening!!!

    I'm a fan of container gardening - I did it for years when I was an apartmetn dweller.  And it saves a lot of time and money spent trying to get crappy NM soil into productive garden soil.  So starting in pots is no problem.  And pots are great fro beginners - you can see if you like the whole gardening thing and if it's for you.

    Planting time depends on where you live, if you are starting rom seed or planting seedlings, what the veggie is....

    So how is that for a vague non-answer!

    First, you need to decide if you are starting from seed or if you are going to plant seeds directly in the ground.  Some things, like carrots, corn, onions, garlic, pumpkins, melons, beans) should be planted directly in the ground.  SOme plants you can start indoors to get a jump on the growing season.  You don't want to plant seedlings outside until the last frost.  This is really important fro tomatoes seedlings.  (Oh, and you shoudl check if they are cool season or warm season plants.) All the ones you listed are warm season, so that's taken care of......

    Down in Portales, you are probably somewhat close to last frost.  SO youcould start everything outdoors in the pots.  Just follow the directions on the seed envelopes regarding spacing and depth of seeds.  Or you could start seeds indoors (which I like to do because I know how many plants I get) in small pots.  You want to use good potting soil and not overcrowd the plants.

    My biggest bit if advice is to have fun.  Some things will grow, others may not.  I tell people I have a killing field becasue I tend to try to grow things (like artichokes this year) just to see if I can.

  • Yay!  Thanks for the info. ladies.  I can't wait to get started!
  • Let us know how it turns out!
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