Now is the perfect time to start your garden so that you can have fresh, homegrown vegetables all summer long. We’ve rounded up some tips to help get your vegetable garden started, including the best vegetables to plant in Maryland and how to keep them growing strong.
Vegetables thrive in the sun, so choose a location that gets at least six hours of sun each day. Plant the tallest plants to the north or west so that they don’t shade the rest of the garden.
Prepare your soil by removing any old leaves, branches or debris, and add compost and organic matter such as composted leaves.
It’s important to choose plants that are suitable for our area, and to plant them at the right time. Here in Zone 7, vegetables that can be planted right now include broccoli, cabbage, carrots and peas. Vegetables that you can start indoors and transplanted soon include beans, onions, peppers, spinach and tomato.
Adding mulch around your plants has many benefits, including insulating the soil, retaining moisture and suppressing weeds.
Save space by growing vining vegetables vertically. Melons, squash, tomatoes, peas, and more can be grown vertically on a trellis, fence or cage.
Want to avoid insects? Repel them with plants such as garlic, onions and chives.
Water your garden early in the morning to conserve moisture loss and avoid fungal diseases spread by high humidity. Aim to only wet the soil and avoid the leaves. Most plants will do well with an inch of water per week.
Overly ripe vegetables will attract pests. Remove vegetables as soon as they’ve ripened to avoid pest issues.