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I'm planning on planting a garden for the first time this year and have to admit I don't know much about gardening! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm willing to learn though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
The dirt I tilled is quite black but I'm assuming I need to do SOMETHING to it, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I want to plant:<br>
corn<br>
tomatoes<br>
green beans<br>
carrots<br>
cucumbers<br>
zucchini<br><br>
canteloupe<br>
watermelon<br><br>
Any basic tips?<br><br>
Hints for keeping pests away?<br><br>
How much time do I need to plan on spending in my garden?
 

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Check out the square foot gardening thread of easy, no weeding, gardening.<br><br>
Sounds like you have good dirt, I'm not sure you need to do anything to it. You can always add compost. I would start smaller to insure success. What zone are you in? What pests do you anticipate? Are you going to plant a few of each or alot?
 

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Make sure to plant the corn in like a 4plants by 3 plants square. They will pollinate each other better. And you can shake the tassles over each other too. Just plant one or two zucchini <span style="text-decoration:underline;">maximum</span> otherwise you will have zuchini coming out your ears. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Plant some <a href="http://www.groworganic.com/search.html?pCommand=DoSearch&pMode=Search&sText=nasturtium&sCategory=catalog" target="_blank">nasturtiums</a> (mounding type) and <a href="http://www.groworganic.com/search.html?pCommand=DoSearch&pMode=Search&sText=african%20marigold&sCategory=catalog" target="_blank">african marigolds</a> within your garden to keep pests away and invite good bugs and pollinators. Make sure to stake the tomatoes right away. Either when they first come up or when you transplant them.<br>
Plan on spending atleast 15 minutes to half hour each day watering and weeding.<br><br>
Have Fun! I love gardening.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Make sure to plant the corn in like a 4plants by 3 plants square. They will pollinate each other better. And you can shake the tassles over each other too. Just plant one or two zucchini <span style="text-decoration:underline;">maximum</span> otherwise you will have zuchini coming out your ears. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Plant some <a href="http://www.groworganic.com/search.html?pCommand=DoSearch&pMode=Search&sText=nasturtium&sCategory=catalog" target="_blank">nasturtiums</a> (mounding type) and <a href="http://www.groworganic.com/search.html?pCommand=DoSearch&pMode=Search&sText=african%20marigold&sCategory=catalog" target="_blank">african marigolds</a> within your garden to keep pests away and invite good bugs and pollinators. Make sure to stake the tomatoes right away. Either when they first come up or when you transplant them.<br>
Plan on spending atleast 15 minutes to half hour each day watering and weeding.<br><br>
Have Fun! I love gardening.</div>
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Yeah, a friend of mine had a garden last year and I planted zucchini. EIGHT, yes you read that right, EIGHT plants. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> You're right, I had zucchini coming out of my ears! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Thanks for the tips on flowers to plant around the garden! I live in MN. I'm not sure what pests I'll have.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah, a friend of mine had a garden last year and I planted zucchini. EIGHT, yes you read that right, EIGHT plants. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> You're right, I had zucchini coming out of my ears! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Thanks for the tips on flowers to plant around the garden! I live in MN. I'm not sure what pests I'll have.</div>
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Wow, eight! Yikes! The flowers I suggested will help some of the crops that you are planning to plant specifically, esp. the corn. Also, plant radishes with your watermelon and any squash or cucumber, just let them go. It keeps the striped cucumber beetle away that eats all three of those. Oh, and radishes w/your tomatoes to keep away the spider mite.<br>
I can't recommend the book <a href="http://www.groworganic.com/item_BF150_CarrotsLoveTomatoes.html" target="_blank">"Carrots Love Tomatoes" by Louise Riotte</a> enough. Oh, another great one I just picked up is <a href="http://www.groworganic.com/item_BF905_TheGardenersAZGuidetoGrowingOrga.html" target="_blank">"The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food"</a> by Tanya Denckla.
 

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When you say plant radishes with those vegetables what do you mean? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Alternate radishes within the veggies? I personally hate radishes so I wasn't planning on planting them but I'll do anything to keep the pests away! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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You know how your supposed to plant melons and cucumbers and such in a mound (if not, it should say how to on the package). Well, you plant a radish or two (in case one doesn't come up) in the mound. Let the radish grow and flower and do whatever it wants. It's there for bugs not for eating. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> So no you don't have to eat it, it's just for bug deterrence. For the tomatoes, just plant it near them, and let it go. The first time I did this I had a hard time leaving them in ground to get huge and crack without eating it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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