Gardening in advance
April 3, 2010 1:21 PM Subscribe
What can I do now if I won't have access to a real garden until August?
posted by kro to home & garden (6 answers total)
I love gardening. When I lived at home, I was meticulous with my flower beds and vegetable garden. But now that I've moved away from school, I'm living in an apartment (actually a duplex). I've been able to plant a few container gardens, but I don't have an actual backyard and I do have neighbors that let their dogs roam, making quick work of anything that I've planted. But there is hope...in August, I'm moving to a house. There are some old, overgrown flower beds out in front and a small area in the back that was enclosed as a dog pen that I'm planning on cleaning out and using as a vegetable garden (to keep the dogs out of it). I'm good with how to care for the plants after I've got the space set up- it's that setting up that is the problem.
What's the best way to turn the dog pen area into usable space and/or turn the sad pathetic flower beds out front into real flower beds? (They obviously haven't been used in a very long time- they're more like outlined areas of leaves and weeds). I've only ever planted in raised beds. Should I treat them like raised beds and buy soil/fertilizer from the store, or is there something I can do with the pathetic dirt that's there? Am I better off just building a raised bed in the enclosed area?
What I'm most interested in are things that I can start early in starter pots, containers, whatever and transplant when I move- and how early to start them. Also, any recommendations of things I can plant in August, especially veggies, and still be viable.
Oh, and I live in Florida (Tallahassee, so kind of northwest?)...it doesn't get crazy cold, but from early December to early March it does get kind of cold-ish...into the 40s, occasionally into the 20s, if that's relevant. I'm from SW Florida, so I'm not used to it getting this "cold" for this long. The fenced in area recieves probably 6 hours of sunlight a day (but areas of it are a bit shaded) and the area in the front of the house receives direct sunlight for all but an hour or 2 every day.