Lawn & Garden
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 bag||12|
|Coarse shredded mulch (for moisture retention)||2 cubic foot bag||24|
|Gypsum (for summer garden)*||3 pound bag||3|
|13-13-13 fertilizer, broadcast over garden area||1 pound bag or larger||1 pound|
|Insecticidal soap (for soft-bodied insects)||N/A||As needed|
|Bt dust or spray (organic sourced insecticide for controlling caterpillars, aka worms)||N/A||As needed|
|Fungicide (fungal diseases can seriously impact plant health)||N/A||As needed|
|Tomato cage, twine, or other way to support large or climbing plants||N/A||As needed|
- 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.