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Growing your own vegetables is not only a great way to save money but it can be a fun activity for the whole family. Although we added a lot of landscaping and flowers to the front of our home last year, it has been several years since we put a vegetable garden in.

Our back yard has mostly stone, so we will be putting in raised beds. And although I would love a HUGE garden full of tomatoes, peppers, corn, pumpkins, and more, we just don’t have the space. Here is a little peak at our back yard…

Purdue University Extension Service has put together lots of great information to help you with your planning, planting and taking care of your garden. Let start with planning your garden…

Raised beds help improve water drainage in heavy clay soils or low lying areas. Raised beds also bring the garden to a height that is more workable for physically disabled or elderly gardeners.

There is no standard size of raised bed, but keep in mind that you will need to reach everything in the bed without stepping into it.

Recipe for Growing Media {soil} makes 1 bushel

  • 1/3 bushel of soil
  • 1/3 bushel of organic matter {compost, peat moss, well-rotted manure}
  • 1/3 bushel vermiculite or perlite
  • 1/2 cup fertilizer {5-10-5, 6-10-4, or similar fertilizer formulation}

All of these items can be found at your local Walmart, along with plenty of garden tools to choose from.

Now we have the beds or containers, what are we going to grow? According to US News, Michelle Obama became the hero of parent-gardeners when she planted a garden at the White House. Kids love digging in the dirt, and watching the plants grow. It’s also a great way to get them to eat their veggies!

10 Easy-Grow Vegetables for Kids

  1. Sugar snap peas
  2. Lettuce, spinach or other greens
  3. Radishes
  4. Carrots
  5. Potatoes
  6. Green Beans
  7. Cherry Tomatoes
  8. Pumpkins
  9. Sunflowers
  10. Broccoli

Because we are still over a month from planting season here in NW Indiana, our Walmart does not have any plants in yet. They do have plenty of seeds, which are great to use for vegetables like lettuce, carrots, radishes etc.

If you are an Indiana reader, Purdue has a really good Planting Calendar for you depending on the area you live. Here is an example…

They list vegetables from asparagus through watermelon. When you are planning what you want to plant, be sure you have enough space too. Plants can take up a lot of space, Purdue has some Space Saving Techniques.

Stay tuned for more gardening tips! Do you have questions about gardening? Let me know here and join us in the Coffee Talk Community for more ideas.


Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation and product for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own. 

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    • Douglas Latham says

      Hi Cris, Let’s see if I can help clear up your confusion. I’m going to assume you live somewhere in northen Indiana or northern Illinois so planting dates here are going to be much later than where you moved from. This publication from Purdue University is a good reference if you are in Indiana. ( If you live in Illinois the University of Illinois Extension Service has a nice publication that covers the steps for gardening ( Step 6 has a chart that includes the average planting dates for most vegetables.

      I’ll share with you my recommendations for planting my own garden. I’ll be planting seeds after April 15th and setting out plants at the end of April.

      Hopefully this will help you, I know it can be confusing in the beginning but it won’t take long before you’re a pro.

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