The three year rule for starting a garden

Having a garden is rewarding, yet challenging, for a number of reasons, but you can’t beat having fresh produce picked only minutes before. So, if you’re thinking of starting a garden, whether it’s only a couple of planters to a 30′ x 60′ plot, don’t expect it to be what you want during your first season. Reason being is it takes three years to get a garden that produces what you want and looks good.

Year 1 – You’ll plant things that you think you’ll use, but don’t, some plants will take up more or less space than you were expecting and some plants take a 2-3 years to get established before they start producing a reasonable amount, strawberries and asparagus are a couple. You’ll also plant things to close together and you’ll have an overgrown mess.

Year 2 – You’ll tweak the plant selection a bit and produce more of what you’ll use and you’ll have a better grasp on how to space your plants.

Year 3 – You’ll pretty much have things dialed in on what you want. You may still have some issues with things being overgrown, but they are greatly diminished from year one.

Past year three it’s just a matter of fine tuning things to make your garden that much better.

Posted on 03-07-2018 by Zach