Planning Your Garden for Springtime in Georgia
While sitting through the doldrums of winter – staring out at brown grass and barren trees – it may be hard to imagine how pretty your new yard can look in the spring. Now that you’ve found land for sale by owner in Georgia, it’s time to wake up and open the eyes of your imagination. After a little work early this spring, what do you see in your garden by summer?
Make a Plan
Other than actually seeing the results, this might be the most fun step in the process of gardening (unless you’re the kind who likes getting your hands dirty). Take a look at the space you have and note the following things:
- What part of your yard gets the morning/afternoon sun?
- Are there any shady spots in your yard? · How well does water drain from your yard?
- What is the soil like in your yard?
What to Plant
The answers to the above questions will help you decide what you should plant and where it should go in your yard. Once you have information about the light and the soil in the areas where you would like to plant, it’s time to look for the plants that like what you’ve got. Most nurseries can guide you to the right plants for your garden, or if you already have something in mind, they can also help you come up with solutions to common problems with soil, water, or light.
Good veggies to grow in Georgia: Beets, Broccoli, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Radishes, Spinach, Turnips
Good flowers to grow in Georgia: Bear’s Breech, Culver’s Root, Formosa Lily, Opium Poppy, Shepherd’s Needles, Sweet Alyssum
When to Plant
The plants you will be planting now are known as “cool season crops” because they are being planted (not harvested) during the cool season. It is best to check the USDA plant hardiness zone to see where your property falls exactly, but most of Georgia falls in Zones 7 or 8. Pay attention to the temperatures when you can plant. However, your window may be tight as most planting for cool season crops should be done before the beginning of April.
What to Look For
If you live in an area that does not get much rain, be sure to have your plants watered more frequently. In most soil, about an inch of water a week is sufficient to keep your garden growing. If you are planting vegetables, you should be able to yield a modest crop in early summer.
It may take a little planning and possibly a few years to get established, but before you know it, your little Georgia garden is going to be something you look forward to seeing year after year. If you are still waiting to purchase that little piece of heaven, now is a great time to get in on a great price so you can start planting right away. Just contact Hurdle and we’ll have you set up in no time!