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Garden Plot

This 10’ x 10’ garden plot supply list is a part of the Alabama Extension Grow More, Give More project.

Before shopping for supplies, submit a soil sample for testing (www.aces.edu/go/1259). Based on your soil analysis results and the time of year you’re planting, choose the seeds or transplants you want to grow. Here are suggestions based on the season:

Early spring and late summer planting (cannot tolerate high heat at maturity): beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, lettuce, mustard greens, radishes, spinach, and turnips

Late spring and summer planting (cannot tolerate frost): cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini

You will find a complete list of crops and planting dates in The Alabama Vegetable Gardener at www.aces.edu/go/vegetablegardener. Download the Sow app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.


Planting Supplies List

*Summer crops will still need soil calcium for sturdy fruit production. A 100-square-foot garden plot needs 9 pounds of gypsum for each summer garden.

Soil conditioner (such as composted manure or mushroom compost)2 cubic foot bag12
Coarse shredded mulch (for moisture retention)2 cubic foot bag24
Gypsum (for summer garden)*3 pound bag3
13-13-13 fertilizer, broadcast over garden area1 pound bag or larger1 pound
Insecticidal soap (for soft-bodied insects)N/AAs needed
Bt dust or spray (organic sourced insecticide for controlling caterpillars, aka worms)N/AAs needed
Fungicide (fungal diseases can seriously impact plant health)N/AAs needed
Tomato cage, twine, or other way to support large or climbing plantsN/AAs needed


Helpful Tools

  • Drip irrigation system to ensure consistent moisture. See how-to videos at www.aces.edu/go/growmore.
  • Gardening gloves
  • Long-handle hoe or cultivator
  • Tiller (gas or electric). If this is the first time planting a garden in this area, a tiller is needed to break up the soil surface to prepare for garden installation.



Grow More, Give More graphic

Bethany O’Rear, Regional Extension Agent, Home Grounds, Gardens, and Home Pests, Auburn University

Reviewed May 2022, Garden Box Supply List, ANR-2665

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