This page is where you can find all of the monthly garden chores you will need to get done throughout the year, especially if you live in a warm climate, like Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Southern California.
We garden pretty much year round here in South Central Texas. Today is November 30, 2022 and we have so much growing right now. We have watermelons, strawberries, beets, pole beans, bush beans, carrots, and more growing outside. We also have tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce growing inside. There is always something to grow here and there are always garden chores to be done.
I have been writing about what needs to be done every month in the garden. Of course, these chores will vary depending on where you live and the weather. I don't expect you to add compost to your soil in January if you live in Poughkeepsie, New York. That is where I grew up so I know you can't get to your garden in January because it is covered with deep snow and the ground is frozen solid.
You should keep your own notebook detailing the chores you find that need to be done in your garden by the month for your area. It will help you in years to come so you don't forget to do something important to help you grow the best garden you can. Remember, too, that gardening is an experiment. Some things that work in your area won't work in mine. Each year is different, bringing different temperatures and amounts of rain and sun, as well as pollinators, good and bad insects, and crop diseases. Don't expect each year to give the exact same results as far as your crops go. Each year will be different in some aspects.
If you live in Texas, the monthly garden chores listed below are mostly for you because that is where we live.
Below is the table of contents to my monthly garden chores articles. All of the articles below have been written as a part of my weekly business/farm journal so the chores are mixed in. Each article will have seven days attached to it. You can skip over the day to day stuff and just read the chore parts. Yes, each day is accounted for since we have moved to the farm so I am warning you ahead of time.
You can write each of the monthly chores down in a notebook and then see how many of them will apply to your area.
If gardening is an enjoyable hobby for you, you will probably like getting down in the soil and working with it, adding compost, weeding, planting, and examining the plants for pests. If it is a way for you to grow food for your family, you will learn to like most parts of gardening because in the end, there is a good harvest to eat.
Make a game out of the monthly garden chores. Get the whole family involved. Teach your children and grandchildren how to garden. It is good for them to learn where food actually comes from, how seeds work, and how important it is not to throw chemicals on what we put in our bodies. The schools won't teach them so it is up to us.
I hope this monthly breakdown helps you as you work in your garden throughout the year. Each month, write down in a notebook that you will keep what your garden chores are. If you need a good garden planner notebook, we have some for sale here that I have created.
Remember to have fun with your garden. Learn as you go and enjoy growing your own foods. There is something good that happens when we connect with the dirt and grow food we will eat. Don't be afraid to try planting new things that you have never eaten before. Grow your palate. Some new things you may end up loving. Other things you may not love and that is okay.
Plant lots of melons in the spring. Who doesn't love fresh cantaloupes, watermelons, and so many other melons? If you are brave and you enjoy a good gardening challenge, start some strawberries from seed, the most difficult seed we have to germinate. We recommend starting them in small pots indoors under grow lights until the seeds have germinated. Don't be surprised if it takes 30 days for a strawberry to come up. Most people give up after a week. Here are some germination tips written by David to help you start seeds indoors and out.
Having a garden is a lot of work but if you keep up with the monthly garden chores by making a list of what needs to be done each month, it will be a lot easier to keep up with and you will be rewarded with a lot of delicious foods.
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