: Save Money in the GARDEN State!

Save Money in the GARDEN State!

Who isn't looking for new ways to save money? Here in the Garden State (New Jersey), what better way to save some cash this summer than a vegetable and/or herb garden.  

While it's still a little early to get vegetable plants in the ground here at the Jersey Shore, it's not too early to prepare.

tomato (sxc)For example, this year I'm planting tomatoes (if you haven't tasted a Jersey Tomato you don't know what you're missing), oregano, basil and maybe some peppers.  

The first step in starting your garden is choosing an appropriate size and site. Here's a graph to help determine what will grow best in the garden area you select.  You can also sketch out your garden and select the types of plants.

summer (sxc)No matter what you grow, the most important consideration is the amount of sunlight. A successful vegetable garden should receive at least 5 to 6 hours of sunlight daily, but more is better!  Some crops such as lettuce and cucumbers benefit from partial shade in the mid afternoon during the hot summer months.  But generally for most vegetables, the more sun, the better.

Also try to locate the garden away from trees and shrubs which not only block sun but rob the soil of moisture. Make sure the area has good drainage.  

After selecting a site for your garden, the next step is preparing the soil.  
It's likely the sandy soil of the NJ Pinelands and the Jersey Shore will need some help to produce a great vegetable garden.  

environment (sxc)There are many soil additives and fertilizers you can incorporate into you garden that will not pollute our wetlands, rivers and Barnegat Bay.  

Please keep in mind the delicate ecosystem of Ocean County, NJ when choosing fertilizers or pest repellents for you lawn and garden.  

master gardeners RutgersThis is when the Rutgers University Master Gardeners can help.
The Master Gardeners of Ocean County,  for a small fee, will not only provide soil analysis but they can recommend eco friendly additives for your garden and lawn.  They even have information on birds and bugs that are garden friendly!  

Cool weather vegetables can be planted now, if you've prepared you garden plot.  Those include cabbage, peas, lettuce and spinach. 

If you're looking for a home with a great garden in southern Ocean County, give me a call or email me!



Remember, we are the Garden State, so happy gardening!


Comment balloon 7 commentsLaura Giannotta • March 29 2009 08:19AM


ToulaRosebrock.comHi Laura:

I'm looking forward to gardening this year once the weather warms up a bit!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) about 10 years ago

Great post Laura, you always write such insightful and timely posts. By the way I have had a organic garden for about 15 years. There is nothing as sweet as a homegrown tomato! Here is a tip, pine needles make a great and nutrient rich mulch. Thanks for another wonderful reminder!


Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) about 10 years ago

I now really miss the time when my mom was with us. She would plant all sorts of stuff in our yard, Tomato, pepper, cuke, eggplant, etc. The taste is a few times better than those from the super market, especially the cuke.

Posted by real estate real estate about 10 years ago

Toula You've just got to love living here, everything tastes so much better!

Betina Reminds me of a Guy Clark (Texas Native) song, 'Fried Green Tomatoes'

Huiting  So now you must plant your own garden, you're Mom would be proud!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 10 years ago

I am anticipating a good garden this year again...My tomato plants grew to over 6 feet before they got so heavy from the fruits of their growing. 

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 10 years ago

So it must be true, every grows bigger in the north!! LOL  I'll bet you can't even think about planting til May at the earliest...so maybe you still have time for peas, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce and spinach!  Wow I'm thinking some fresh caught fish and fresh spinach..sorry have to go for a snack now! 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 10 years ago

I always wanted a garden but our house doesn't get enough sun light so we just visit the farmers markets to get some fresh veggies.

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