I’m going to confess something that you might not know about me. I am a killer. Before you call the police, let me just say that (except for the rare pet fish) my transgressions have been primarily against life of vegetative variety. I have never successfully kept a plant alive. When I went to college, my friend gave me the hardiest plant he could find, but I killed it anyway. And very quickly, I might add.
I would like to try again. Because spring officially starts this week, and because we got none of the predicted snowfall for today (sorry Virginia!), I am thinking about gardening. Yohannes has gardened a few times in the past, but I think this will be my year. I found a garden box against our back fence that is about 5′ x 7′. I know it won’t fit much, but I think that is more than enough space for me to start out with. I am most interested in growing tomatoes and bell peppers since I use those a lot.
The only problem is my notorious track record. So I would like to ask for your help. Here are my questions:
1. What do I need to do before planting? I don’t know what was in the box before, but there are loads of thistles in there now.
2. When do I plant? I live in east-central PA, if that helps. Do different plants have different planting times? Let’s start with tomatoes and peppers
3. What do I plant? Is there anything that grows particularly well with tomatoes and peppers? Anything that’s hard to kill?
4. How do I not kill my plants?
I await your expert advice.