Planning for a Summer Garden

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Thinking about starting a garden? Late April through early May is a great time to plant warm-season vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. Don’t let mother nature trick you into planting too early. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

    • Select a sunny spot.  Most vegetables need 6-8 hours of full sun a day.
    • Start small.  Managing all those plants can get discouraging.
    • Place the garden near a water source. Gardens need at least 1 inch of water per week.
    • Don’t plant in a wet spot.  If location, access, or soil is an issue, consider container gardening instead.
    • Troubleshoot early.  Weeds, insects, and disease are best managed if you can hand pick and destroy them early.
    • Have fun.  N.C. Cooperative Extension offers great resources to help gardeners decide what, how much, and when to grow. Check out the family-friendly Vegetable Planting Guide at ; and the fun-to-make-at-home vegetable planting wheel at
  • Early Bird Tip – If you are eager to plant something before the last frost, make sure you select a cool-season crop like lettuce, carrots, or broccoli.

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Katy Shook, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKaty ShookArea Agent, Agriculture - Consumer Horticulture Call Katy E-mail Katy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chowan County Center
Posted on Mar 25, 2020
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