Lets Get Growing with Quint Hodges


vegetables can be planted twice a year. They can be planted early in the spring
and again in the fall.

In “The Old
Farmer’s Almanac” you will find a planting table that shows you when to plant.
Some of the vegetables are marked with an “E” for early and an “L” for late.

Arkansas is
in area one. In the planting date columns there are two sets of dates. The
first set of dates, tell you when it is safe to plant. The second set of
dates, tell you when to plant in the phase of the moon. Some gardeners
only plant in the phase of the moon. They say it improves the growth of
the seeds and plants. They also say your crop production will be much better.

I don’t know if
it makes a difference or not, but I try to plant in the phase of the moon. I
will take all the help I can get to have a good garden.

On my early
crops I use the dates in area two, this gives me a little extra protection from
a late frost killing my plants. Too many times I have had my tomatoes and
peppers planted and we had a late frost that killed them.

As I mentioned
earlier, timing is the key. This goes for watering also. If you water too much,
or too often, the roots will stay close to the surface of the garden. You want
the roots to go deep looking for water. Not watering enough is just as bad. The
garden needs about one inch of water a week. In the hot summertime you may
need to water a little more. Watch to see if your plants start to wilt or
change color. Keep an eye on the leaves to see if they start to curl up or get

Weeding needs to
be done every time you are in the garden. Don’t put this off because weeds and
grass can take over quick. There are just stealing the nutrients in the
soil from your plants.

Stay on top of
the pest control. Look on the bottom side of the plant leaves for eggs that
have been laid. Get rid of them before they have time to hatch.

Picking your
vegetables needs to be done at the right time. If you pick them too soon, you
won’t be getting their full flavor. Picking them too late will affect the taste
also. No matter if you pick a little early or a little late, they will still
taste better than store bought.

As a guide to know when to pick, look for the color and size of the ones being sold in the stores.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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