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low-maintenance option. If that's not possible,
consider planting in raised beds or containers
filled with new potting soil.
STEP 3

Pick your plants.

STEP 4

Organize the space.
Before you purchase plants or seedlings,
sketch out a garden plan, noting the recommended space listed on each seed packet or
pot. Place tall plants strategically so they won't
cast shadows over smaller varieties, and pay

attention to how the sunlight
and shade change throughout
the day to ensure that each
plant gets the light it needs.
STEP 5

Water wisely.
Once you've broken ground,
provide your plants with what
they need to flourish: water
and food. " Water is a precious
resource, " Splan notes. " You
will get the best success and
the best water efficiency if you
have a drip irrigation system or
soaker hoses. "
If you're watering plants in
containers, saturate the soil
until the water runs out the
drainage hole, Erdmann says.
During the summer, you'll
likely need to water containers
once or twice a day, but in
cooler seasons, you can water
two to three times a week.
STEP 6

Prevent pests.
To keep pests at bay, shower
plants with water weekly. This
will remove pests, wash off
spores of powdery mildew,
and encourage the insects
you want in your garden,
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planting flowers that attract
beneficial insects, such as
marigolds and alyssum. And
be sure to encourage earthworms. Mulch will help create
the environment they desire,
and once in place, they'll
repel pests, according to
Erdmann.
STEP 7

Harvest your veggies.
Since there's so much variety
in when and how to harvest
vegetables, it's best to look
up the specifics for the edibles you plant by reaching out
to master gardeners in your
area for help, Splan advises.
Your local nursery will also
have helpful information.
Most of all, enjoy the
experience, even if things
don't go according to plan.
A garden is not a place to
seek perfection-especially
on your first attempt, Splan
points out. " Don't be afraid
of things failing, " she says.
After all, a packet of seeds is
a small investment that is full
of potential. - M A D E L E I N E B U R RY

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The catalog of seeds and plants can be overwhelming. Choose just a few varieties to start,
and prioritize vegetables you enjoy eating,
recommends Claire Splan, author of California
Fruit & Vegetable Gardening.
Along with your personal preferences, keep
in mind your climate-and the season. Take
note of which edibles delight in direct sunlight
and which grow well in partial sun or shade.
In the Portland area, you can grow veggies
year-round. Opt for root crops and greens in the
fall, and fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, squash,
and melons) in the summer, Erdmann advises.
In a cooler climate, plant fast-maturing warm
season crops early in spring when there is no
longer a risk of frost, and then get cool season
veggies, such as broccoli and kale, in the
ground so they can mature by fall.



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