Get ready to spring forward! Let's start planning your vegetable garden.
Even though Punxsutawney Phil said there would be 6 more weeks of winter, spring planting season will be here soon.
In this blog, you’ll learn which vegetables will thrive in Utah and 3 harvest seasons to be aware of.
When it comes to planning your vegetable garden, there are a number of growing styles to keep in mind to utilize your space effectively. Some of the most common are Root, Bush, and Vine.
Root vegetables, you guessed it, are the root of a plant. Some, like carrots, are taproots which will only yield one or two vegetables per seed or start. And some, like potatoes, are tubers that will yield multiples of a vegetable.
So, if you are growing taproot vegetables, you’ll need to plan for rows of multiple plants. Although for tuber style, you can plant just a few starts for a hearty harvest.
1 - Potatoes
2 - Beets
3 - Carrots
4 - Radishes
Bush vegetables grow on one plant that’ll stay in a shrub form throughout the season. They are great options for smaller gardening spaces, or even for patio gardens.
1 - Tomato
2 - Beans
3 - Peppers
4 - Leaf Lettuce
Vine-grown vegetables tend to need more space, though some DIYers have found success with growing on trellises in smaller areas.
1 - Pumpkins
2 - Squash
3 - Pole Beans
4 - Zucchini
Every type of produce has a different growing season. You see, there are 3 categories to consider when you are planning so by the time you get to the harvesting, you have crops available on a rolling basis
Short-season goes from seedling to harvest in around 40 days and includes:
1 - Arugula
2 - Lettuce
3 - Radishes
4 - Salad mix
5 - Spinach
6 - Turnips
These should be replanted again after the heat of summer passes for another crop later in the year.
Mid-season goes from seedling to harvest between 40-80 days and includes (amongst many more):
1 - Beans (bush and pole)
2 - Beets
3 - Bok choy
4 - Broccoli
5 - Cabbage
6 - Carrots
7 - Cauliflower
8 - Corn
9 - Cucumber
10 - Fennel
11 - Kale
12 - Peas
13 - Peppers
14 - Potatoes
15 - Summer squash
16 - Tomatoes
These make up the bulk of a garden to harvest in the summer, it is best to balance them with early and late harvests.
Late-season goes from seedling to harvest between 80-120 days and includes:
1 - Asparagus
2 - Beans (dry)
3 - Brussels Sprouts
4 - Celery
5 - Garlic
6 - Melons
7 - Onions
8 - Peppers
9 - Pumpkins
10 - Shallots
11 - Sweet Potatoes
12 - Winter Squash
Though they take longer, they’re well worth the time and effort.
So are you ready to bring a little green into your life?
As planting season is around the corner, it's the perfect time to start planning your vegetable garden.
Don't worry if you're a seasoned or new gardener, Utah offers a bounty of options for your flourishing garden. You have hearty root, simple bush, and fun vine vegetables to choose from.
At Glover Nursery we have everything you need to get started, from soil and seeds to tools and expert advice. So you can enjoy a steady supply of fresh, delicious produce all three harvest seasons long.
Are you ready to try your hand at growing your own veggies this year?
Tell us what you plan to grow in our Glover Nursery Facebook Group. You may just get inspired by others who are cultivating their own bountiful gardens.
Hello fellow gardeners! It's hard to think of spring when we're surrounded by so much SNOW! But here we are, reminding you that no matter how much snow is on the ground it will melt away come spring. And when that happens, one of the most important steps in getting our gardens ready is starting our seeds. After all, the growing season is right around the corner!
There are a few things to consider when starting your seeds, including:
In this blog post, we'll explore all of these topics. You'll be prepared to start your seeds and have a successful growing season!
First, let's talk about how to pick seeds for your garden.
When selecting seeds for your garden, it is important to consider what type of climate you live in. If you live in an area with a short growing season, as we do here in Utah, you will want to choose plants that can be started indoors and then transplanted outdoors. Some examples of plants that can be started indoors and then transplanted outdoors include tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and herbs.
If you live in an area with a long growing season, you can start your seeds outdoors. Some examples of plants that can be started outdoors include squash, cucumbers, watermelons, and pumpkins.
It is also important to consider the amount of space you have available. If you have a small space, you can choose plants that thrive in containers or raised beds. Some examples include tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, herbs, and lettuce.
If you have a large space, you can grow just about any type of plant. However, it is still important to consider the amount of sunlight and water that your plants need.
Once you have considered these factors, you can choose the specific varieties of plants that you would like to grow. To find out more about specific plant varieties, consult a gardening book, online gardening resource or one of our experts here at Glover Nursery.
Next, we move on to the all-important question of when to start your seedlings. Here at Glover Nursery, we recommend taking the last average frost date and counting backward as to how long that seed would need to germinate.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, the average last frost date in West Jordan Utah is April 25. So, to get a good start ready for transferring outdoors we have an easy equation to help you. We recommend looking at how long something takes to germinate and adding a couple of weeks of growth onto that before transplanting it into the garden.
Here's a quick equation.
(Average Last Frost Date - Germination Time) + 2 Weeks = When to Start Your Seeds
Now that you know what to plant and when to plant it, you may be interested in learning how best to take care of your lil baby starts.
There are a few key things to keep in mind when caring for your seedlings. The first is to make sure that they have enough light. Seedlings need a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight per day. If you do not have a place in your home that gets six hours of direct sunlight, you can use grow lights.
The second key thing to keep in mind when caring for your seedlings is to make sure that they have enough water. Seedlings should be watered daily, making sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy.
Finally, the third thing to remember when caring for your seedlings is to fertilize them regularly. Seedlings should be fertilized every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your seedlings have a happy and healthy start to the growing season!
The seeds have arrived at Glover Nursery and we can hardly stand all the promise that the rows and rows of seed packets are giving off here.
If you're overwhelmed or looking to try something new this year we encourage you to stop by and chat with our knowledgeable staff. We love pointing out our favorite seeds for our local climate here in the Salt Lake City Valley. We may even have one or two surprises for the seasoned gardener.
Seedlings need a lot of care, but if you follow these simple tips you can ensure a happy and healthy start to the growing season!
June is coming to an end and that means if you have been planning on starting a vegetable garden this year, you don’t have much time left. But you’re not too late yet. Start right now!
A vegetable garden is great to have for a number of reasons including:
Come visit our garden center and talk to our experts about the ins and outs of vegetable gardening as well as pick up the veggies and herbs that you want to grow.
If you missed our previous blogs, we have been sharing some vegetable garden tips and tricks all season long. Check those out before you get started.
To help you get started we shared three great products that will set your vegetable container garden up for success. Check out our list then come down and see us at our garden center in Utah. We have veggie and herb starts available now. Get them quick because they won’t last long!
Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes and each has a unique flavor. They are fun to grow too! If you need a little help getting started check out this video we have on How to Transplant a Tomato Plant.
Check out these fun facts about tomatoes. Come down to our garden center and pick out your favorite varieties for your garden.
We saw a discussion in the Glover Nursery Facebook Group about the cost effectiveness of a vegetable garden. We did the research and found out which veggies, herbs, and fruits are easy to grow and are also cost effective. Here’s our top five.
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If you've been inspired to build your own garden, we're with you! We've talked about how great gardens are to help you de-stress, but there are tons of other benefits including:
We saw a discussion in the Glover Nursery Facebook Group about the cost effectiveness of a vegetable garden so we did the research and found out which veggies, herbs, and fruits are easy to grow and are also cost effective. Here’s our top five:
Tomato plants are easy to grow and typically have a high yield when given plenty of sunlight and water. They’re a versatile food that can be used in a variety of dishes from all around the world. There’s nothing like picking a firm yet juicy, red, and round tomato from your very own garden. If you compare the cost of growing tomatoes to the cost of buying tomatoes from the grocery store, you'll find they are saving money in the long run.
Growing lettuce in your garden is handy because lettuce is so, well, handy! You can use it in a dish or as a side salad to add some greens to your meal. Heck, you can even roast it! It’s easy to grow so long as you are picking the outer leaves so the plant can thrive. The cost of lettuce and lettuce mixes at the grocery store has increased significantly in recent years making growing lettuce in your garden super cost effective.
Bell Peppers are a wonderful investment with your garden. As tasty raw as they are cooked, bell peppers packed with vitamins. They're an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium. Seed starters typically cost less than one pepper in a supermarket but will yield way more than one pepper. You can pick them green or leave them on the vine and let them mature into sweeter red peppers.
Garlic has so many different uses and therefore is a great choice for your garden. It is cheap, easy to grow and can even be grown over the winter which helps with maximizing the efficiency of your gardening space. And, it is well known for it's anti-viral properties (not to mention anti-vampire properties). Just another reason or two to grow some garlic in your garden!
A super nutritious and a great addition for your garden is broccoli. Broccoli plants are cheap to buy and their maintenance is easy. The key with broccoli is to plant them in nutrient rich soil. It can also grow for the majority of the year so you’ll almost always have easy access to delicious, fresh broccoli. That's a win!
This isn’t where the list ends though! There are plenty of cost effective and easy to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruits that you should consider adding to your garden. For any questions on how to get started, check out our Victory Garden blog or talk to one of the experts here at our garden nursery.
Winter felt extra long this year and we are itching for spring. These first few months of the year provide us with a great opportunity to plan ahead to ensure a successful gardening season. Now that March is upon us, we can lay the groundwork for vegetable container gardening.
Many of our customers grow their own vegetables in container gardens, but even if you don’t already, now is the perfect time to start! There are so many benefits to having your own vegetable garden. You can grow your own food, have more nutrient rich veggies, and minimize your environmental impact. Plus, every gardeners favorite reason, it's fun to play in the dirt!
To help you get started we are sharing three great products that will set your vegetable container garden up for success. Check out our list then come down and see us at our garden center in Utah. We have veggie and herb starts available now but come and get them quick because they won’t last long!
The small balls, or prills, of Osmocote fertilizer have a polymer coating that is made from resin and vegetable oil. Because of this coating there is a slow release of the nutrients. so that you don’t have to regularly apply fertilizer to your garden. This fertilizer is great plant food for annuals and perennials, as well as houseplants, and can significantly increase your vegetable yield.
Humic Acid is a really easy tool to apply in your garden to help set the soil up for success. It plays a key role in transporting the nutrients in the soil to your plants, can improve soil structure, and help to hold water. When you are starting your plants as seedlings or adding new plants to your landscape, a small amount of humic acid can do wonders. Humic Acid can be applied in a liquid form by adding it to your watering can or in a granular form as a soil amendment.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of adding Humic Acid to your container gardens, read up on our blog, Diamonds for Your Soil.
The key to a successful garden is helping out your soil so that it can do all the heavy lifting of growing your veggies. It just needs a little assistance sometimes in the form of weeding or added nutrients. Harvest Blend Supreme is a premium soil amendment packed with your growing vegetable plants’ favorite foods. Harvest Blend Supreme is particularly great for vegetable and flower beds and is available at our plant nursery in Utah.
It’s time to get growing! For more vegetable container gardening help, check out our library of videos full of tips and tricks from the garden experts here at Glover Nursery.
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