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Make your plans during the winter months.
The newest gardener can avoid the most common garden problems by following basic
Decide what vegetables you wish to plant. You might find it helpful to draw a garden
diagram to find out if you have enough space to grow needed quantities. Don't forget
repeat plantings! Some vegetables may be planted each month. This will greatly decrease
the amount of space needed and keep the garden full for its most efficient use.
Choose a variety well adapted to Arkansas. Recommended varieties for Arkansas can
be found in the Home Gardening Series fact sheets. Other good varieties are available and should be used where past performance is
Many gardeners tend to stop after they have harvested their spring-planted crop. This
is a missed opportunity. Many crops that are normally planted in the spring grow as
well or better in the fall. While insects and diseases are sometimes more of a problem
in early fall, yields and quality are often better than in the spring.
Many new cultivars are resistant to diseases and are heavy producers. If you have
favorite cultivar that works well for you, continue to use it but you may wish to
experiment with small plantings of new cultivars.
Home Gardening Series fact sheets on individual vegetables will list cultivar recommendations.
In addition, new seed catalogs and web sites will list many cultivars. If a cultivar
is designated to be an All-American Selection (AAS) it has been tested and found to be widely adapted.
Some vegetables require a cool growing season and must be planted early enough to
mature before hot weather or late enough to mature in the cooler fall months. Others
require warmer or even hot weather and longer periods to reach maturity.
Many factors should be considered when selecting the garden site. The size of the
garden is determined by the available space, the number of members in the family and
how the vegetables will be used.
A raised bed is a convenient way to garden where soil is limited and there is poor
drainage. The raised bed can be turned into a covered cold frame to extend the growing
Beds can be constructed for physically impaired gardeners who cannot bend over, or
are in a wheel chair. Extension's AgrAbility program offers a number of resources for the home gardener with disabilities.
Raised beds are made from any material that can be stacked at least 12 inches high
and is non-toxic. Landscape timbers, used railroad ties, and lumber are commonly
used materials. Concrete blocks, bricks and stones are also used.
Build a frame that can hold a depth of at least 12 inches of soil. Do not make the
beds any wider than you can reach the middle of the bed.
Locate your raised bed on top of an area with drainage.
Want to see a demo? Watch our video How to Build a Raised Garden Bed!
The perfect container for tomatoes, peppers, okra, and basil is the 5 gallon bucket.
Drill holes in the bottom of the bucket for drainage. Add 1 cubic foot of a soil-less
potting mix. Amend the soil as needed with lime, Epsom salt, and fertilizer.
Use a tomato cage to keep the plants elevated.
Container gardening can also be an easy way to beautify your landscape.
Wide-row planting is simply broadcasting seeds in bands anywhere from 10 in. to 3
or more feet wide instead of a single band on each row. With the wide row system,
more space is producing vegetables and less space is used for cultivation between
Another way to use space for more intensive production is interplanting or companion
cropping. Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or okra between rows of early cool-weather
crops. The early crops will mature and be out of the way before the later crops would
Use vegetables that require less space than others. The following vegetables make
small plants and can be closely planted in the row: radishes, turnips, lettuces,
beets, spinach, chard, arugula, cilantro, mustard, Pak choi (also called bok choy
or Chinese cabbage), scallions, and onions.