How to Grow Vegetables in North Atlanta

Overview

North Atlanta is a fair-weathered area of Georgia located in USDA hardiness zone 7b. This means that the coldest temperatures on average for Atlanta are between 5 and 10 degrees. With mild winters and humid summers, Atlanta's weather is ideal for growing crops year-round. In fact, according to Veggie Harvest's crop chart, crops can be planted in zone seven from mid-February until the end of November. Typical crops grown in this zone include onions, kale, Brussels sprouts, spinach, sweet potatoes and peas.

Step 1

Till the soil so that the surface is completely loosened.

Step 2

Add in course sand and compost. Add 40 pounds of sand per 1,000 square feet and 30 pounds of compost per 100 square feet. Till the sand and compost into the clay soil until it is mixed to a depth of 2 feet.

Step 3

Level the soil with a water roller. This will re-settle the tilled soil, giving it back its surface stability.

Step 4

Plant your seeds using a seed trowel and following the seed manufacturer's instructions with regard to planting depth.

Step 5

Roll over the surface of the soil again with the water roller to firmly press the seeds into place.

Step 6

Irrigate the vegetable patch daily with 1 inch of water. The best time for watering is the morning so that the vegetable's roots have the entire day to soak up the moisture.

Step 7

Walk your patch at least every two days and inspect for weeds. Pull any weeds by hand from the bottom of its stalk and remove the entire root. By weeding the patch every two days you ensure that the weeds do not establish extensive root systems, seeds or runners.

Step 8

Fertilize your patch with a vegetable fertilizer twice during the growing season. Fertilize initially when the plants are established and have produced at least ten to fifteen leaves. Fertilize again as the vegetables begin forming on the plants. This additional fertilizing will give the plants and extra nutrient boost. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper fertilizer application.

Things You'll Need

  • Till
  • Course sand
  • Compost
  • Water roller
  • Seed trowel
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Water
  • Vegetable fertilizer

References

  • USDA: South-East US
  • Southern States: Planting Fall and Winter Vegetables, Good For Nutrition and Good For Your Pocket
  • Veggie Harvest: Zone 7 Vegetable Planting Calendar
  • National Gardening Association: Improving Clay Soil Atlanta GA
  • "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible"; Edward C. Smith; 2009
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