Steps to Planning a
1. Determine what type of theme garden you
would like. In this case, we want an African-
2. Determine the location and size of your
garden. Select an area that receives at least
six hours of full sunlight every day and is
close to a water source.
3. Take a soil sample and send it to be analyzed
with the help of your county Extension agent.
4. The shape of your garden may be a 4’x4’
square area or whatever fits into your
5. Amend the soil according to soil test results.
Using a tiller, work in a 3-inch layer of organic
matter (peat moss, manure, rotted compost,
etc.) to improve the soil structure.
6. Select plants from a list of recommended
7. Plant warm-season vegetables, such as
tomatoes, peppers, eggplant & most herbs,
after April 25th to avoid frost or freeze
weekly basis throughout the growing season.
9. Enjoy your abundance of fresh vegetable and
African-American culture is based on religious
ceremonies, feasting, cooking and raising
food. Many foods traditionally grown by people
of color are high in nutrients, such as collard
greens and other leafy green and yellow vegeta-
bles, legumes, beans, rice and potatoes. Cultur-
al diversity is a important issue to many groups
in the United States. Both food and culture play
a major role in American nutrition.
Spicy, Hot Salad
2 large carrots
1 large tomato
1 small head lettuce
1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped
Mix of mustard greens, spinach, collard & other
1-2 hot chili peppers, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Grate onions, radishes and carrots and place in
salad bowl. Add remaining ingredients and toss
well. Add lemon juice to taste.
Agricultural Extension Service
The University of Tennessee
Cucumber: Whether pickling or slicing, harvest
often to keep plants producing.
Okra: For tenderness, harvest pods when 3-4
Black-eyed peas: Make successional plantings