Step 6: Planting

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So now you are ready to plant, I would recommend giving the soil a good misting over with some water to allow it to be dug into nicely. DO NOT STEP IN THE GARDEN. Compacted soil is bad because it doesn't allow air or fluid flow.

We assumed one plant per foot or so, and just went nuts buying squashes, peppers, tomato, herbs, melons, and cucumbers. I would suggest you be careful of plants that vine out like the melons; they are taking up a ton of ground room now that they have grown in. Research the plants you want and give them some room to grow, that is of course unless you just want a delicious mess in a section of your garden like we do. Down sides to said mess are seen in the next section.

Use a trowel to plant each plant in a hole that is of the depth recommended by the books, or your internet research. Some plants like to be on top of a mound (like cucumbers). Be careful to not compress the dirt with your hands as you dig. Make sure to water A.S.A.P. as well as be quick about the planting. Some roots may be sensitive to light. All of our plants were planted in a hole a couple of inches deeper than their root system and a few inches wider. Watering while planting keeps the soil you are moving the plants into from being too dry in relation to the soil surrounding their roots. This ensures that you do not sap the water away from their roots into the drier dirt, harming your plants.

Additionally, most plants have certain pests that they are commonly affected by; naturally there are other bugs that prey on such critters and yet other plants that attract said bugs. It would be wise to look into what plants may bring beneficial insects into your garden. Predatory wasps in particular are good for squashes and related plants as their larva eat the tiny caterpillars known as leaf miners. Bottom line, research is key to knowing your area and what your plants may be subjected to.

Our Plants

cucumber-burpless, armenian
tomato- "better boy" (hybrid variety), persimmon (heirloom variety)
squash- patty pan, yellow crook neck
melon- honey dew, cantaloupe, pumpkin (planted in another spot outside the bed)
herb- lemon basil(awesomely delicious), cilantro, parsley
peppers-serrano (hotter than jalapeno and good for salsa), sweet yellow