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328 West Poplar Street Walla Walla, WA 99362 509-524-2685 Inland Northwest Vegetable Gardening INLAND NORTHWEST CLIMATE AND SOIL The frost-free season is usually between May 15 and September 15. This varies from year to year and there are many microclimates. The soil pH is generally neutral, ranging from 6.5 to 7.5. Most vegetables grow very well in this range. Soils vary from heavy clay loam to very sandy, sometimes in the same yard. GARDEN SITE Vegetables do best in full sun (a minimum of 6 hours). A few of the leafy vegetable such as lettuce and spinach will grow in partial shade. Morning sun only may be sufficient for beets and carrots. Plant rows north to south for maximum light. Good drainage is necessary. GARDEN METHODS Single row gardens: Rototill or spade the garden and plant seeds in a single row. Intensive gardening (wide row, block, grid): So called because you can plant vegetables close to each other and produce more food per unit area than in a row garden. Small seeds are...