starting a garden

Notes on Planting Raspberries and Blackberries

Raspberries spread quickly. A few plants will be many plants in a couple years. Traditional raspberries will only bear fruit on last year's canes. Everbearing raspberries will produce two crops. I have both kinds. My traditional crop comes on in early summer. As it winds down my everbearing start producing.…

Gardening Basics — What to Plant and When to Plant it

What to plant and when are common questions among new and experienced gardeners alike. Most of when to plant revolves around the last frost date for your area. For us in the Salt Lake Valley it is usually early May. In some areas of the valley it can be up…

Gardening Basics — Soil

Soil is the key to a good garden. Poor soil will leave you with stunted plants and poor yields, while rich soil will produce abundantly. If you are going to be doing a traditional garden, you will likely want to amend your soil. You will need to add organic material.…

Gardening Basics — Water

How much to water depends greatly on your plants. It depends on a lot of things. The kind of soil (e.g. clay needs less frequent waterings, sand needs more frequent waterings), plant density, how hot it is and the kind of plants involved. As a general rule, most things…

Gardening Basics — Deciding what you want

You have already decided that you want to plant a garden. Now you have to decide what to plant. There are many ways to decide, but one way that may provide you with a more satisfying experience is to decide what you want your end goal to be. Some examples…