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#GetOutandGrowMT

Welcome to Get Out and Grow MT - this month we are challenging you to get out and get growing! Starting a garden is a fun and productive family activity you can do while we’re all spending more time together at home. Starting your own garden will also give you the chance to grow food for your family. Gardens can be as small as windowsill gardens in your home or as large as raised beds in your backyard.

During the month of May, we will provide you with many resources and webinars to help you understand the different types of gardens and plants that can be grown in a garden. We’ll help you develop a garden plan and provide resources as you get your plants started. Everything from seed selection, watering techniques, and soil will be covered.

We encourage you to get out and get growing with us this spring!

This project is brought to you through the collective efforts of the Montana Department of Agriculture, the Montana Agricultural Business Association, East Helena High  School FFA Chapter, and Montana State University Extension.


PLANNING

GardenSigns

  • What is a garden? A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, used for the growing and enjoyment of plants. Some gardens are decorative and include many flowers, while some gardens also produce food crops. A garden offers a way to get out of the house to grow a variety of plants and to enjoy something that is good for nature and for the human body. The plants you grow in the garden release oxygen, which is important in the lives of many organisms. Gardening is a healthy, natural way to grow things and produce food for your family.
  • What types of gardens are there? There are many types of gardens. There are organic gardens, greenhouse gardens, community garden, and many more. Different gardens may be used to grow different types of plants and crops.
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seeds

WEEK 1: GETTING STARTED (MAY 1-8)

  • Plant seeds inside to get them started
    • StartiStarting seeds properly can make or break your entire growing season! Here’s what you should know about starting seeds, including when to do it, which seeds to start indoors (or outdoors), and how to do it correctly.
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beds

 WEEK 2: BUILDING YOUR GARDEN (MAY 10-16)

  • Pick the Correct Spot
    • Almost all vegetables and most flowers need 6-8 hours of full sun each day. Observe your yard throughout the day to figure out which spots receive full sun versus partial or full shade.  This step is important to ensure your plants have their light...
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rows

WEEK 3: PLANTING OUTSIDE (MAY 17-23)

  • Where in the garden is everything going to go? What plants benefit from growing next to each other? You may have established this when creating your garden plan, but if you need more information or want to revisit this step please see the following resources.
    • Almost all vegetables and most flowers need 6-8 hours of full sun each day.
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carrots

WEEK 4: GET READY FOR A SUCCESSFUL GROWING SEASON

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harvest

HARVESTING

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storage

STORAGE

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tools

PREP FOR NEXT YEARS GARDEN

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