Growing Vegetables in Georgia

Overview

Located in the American southeast, Georgia enjoys a warm, subtropical climate with plenty of precipitation. The long, humid and hot summers are perfect for growing a huge variety of vegetables in the home garden. Plant hardiness zones range from 6b in the extreme north to 8b in the south. The average growing season is quite long--with planting starting as early as February 1 for some vegetables.

Step 1

Select a site in the yard that is in sunlight eight to 10 hours a day. Use the wooden stakes and string to outline the plot. Remove turf by cutting it into small squares with the spade and then lift them out using the garden fork. The turf makes great compost. Remove the stakes and loosen the top few inches of soil with the hoe or garden fork. Cover with 4 to 6 inches of manure or compost and leave the plot to rest for three to four days. This will give the compost or manure a chance to start decomposing.

Step 2

Level the plot by raking. Starting at one end, place wooden stakes about 18 inches apart as row markers. Do the same at the other end and tie string between the stakes. Pull the soil into a small mound along the marked out rows using the hoe. Make a shallow v-shaped furrow along the top of the mound for the seeds and follow the seed package directions for spacing and depth.

Step 3

Water the garden enough to keep the soil moist. Although Georgia receives an average of 3 to 4 inches of rain per month, dry spells are not uncommon. Direct the water at the soil rather than the vegetable foliage to help prevent disease. Remove any weeds as soon as they appear and continually check the young vegetable plants for signs of insect damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden stakes
  • String
  • Spade
  • Pitchfork
  • Garden rake
  • Compost or manure
  • Hoe
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Garden hose

References

  • The United States National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
  • The University of Georgia: Vegetable Planting Chart
  • The University of Georgia: Vegetable Gardening in Georgia
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About this Author

Based in Surrey, British Columbia, Stephen Oakley is a freelance writer focusing on environmental issues, travel and all things outdoors. His background includes many years spent working in the Canadian wilderness and traveling worldwide.