10 Adjustments I’m Making in My Garden

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You’d think after five gardening seasons, I’d have it all figured, right? (Cough, cough.) Well, that’s the beauty about gardening. Each year we get to adjust. We scrap what didn’t work; we try new things. The dreaming and the planning — those are some of the most exciting parts of gardening!

This year as I’ve begun my garden planning, I decided to make ten specific adjustments in my gardening:

10 adjustments I'm making in my garden

1.Seed Starting Indoors: I’ve changed my setup to growing both in front of a large, south-facing window AND under LED grow lights. I’m also going to delay planting my tomato seeds indoors until 6 weeks before my last spring frost.

2. Soil Temperature: I will test my soil temperature before planting my beans, corn, melons, squash, and cucumbers — even if that means delaying planting by a few weeks.

3. Fencing Method: I’ll take down the bottom wires of the electric fence and replace them with chicken wire to prevent the rabbits from enjoying my garden before I can.

4. Strategic succession planting: I’m planning ahead for which crops will go in after my peas, potatoes, onions, and lettuce are finished and harvested. If I don’t plan ahead, I won’t be ready!

5. Big Goals: I’m planning extra space for carrots and onions since two of my biggest garden goals include growing enough of these crops to last all season.

6. New Varieties of Tomatoes: Thanks to Mike’s suggestion in the last podcast, I’m going to try Black Krim and Arkansas Traveler tomatoes for the first time.

7. New Varieties of Pole Beans: Because my trusty Blue Lake pole beans didn’t perform as well last season, I’m going to try two new varieties this year and see how they do: Rattlesnake and Seychelles. (Related: Which should you grow? Pole beans or bush beans?)

8. Raspberries: The last few years haven’t given me great raspberry harvests, so I’ll be planting new ones this season. I hope to try the yellow raspberry, too.

9. Plant More Flowers: Because I want to grow a more diverse garden habitat with beneficial bugs, I want to attract them with flowers inside my garden.

10. More Organization: Instead of haphazardly ordering seeds, I calculated the amount of crops I wanted to grow, laid them out on my garden plan, and then ordered the amount of seeds needed.

I discuss them in detail in this episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast. Click below to listen.

Show Notes

Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Facebook Group ((OPEN TO EVERYONE))

Beginner's Garden Shortcut Facebook Group

LED Grow Lights I use: (*affiliate links)

Tao Tronics LED Grow Lamp

ACKE LED Grow Light

Soil thermometer

All-America Selections Web Site

Books by Jessica Walliser mentioned in the podcast:


The Beginner’s Garden Shortcut Online Course 


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