It’s time to think about how to maximize your garden’s harvest. Yes, it’s March, early spring, and that is the right time to get a few things done that can really boost vegetable production later on this growing season. Like the old saying goes “start out right and end up with lots of veggies” – ok, that’s not an old saying but it’s true anyway. Let’s look at a few things you can do now that you will be glad you did later on.
If you see weeds growing in your garden bed, get them out – NOW! Typically, weeds are busy growing more and deeper roots, establishing themselves as permanent residents in your garden. Sometimes a small little weed sprig is growing up out of the ground that, when dug up, is found to have a massive root system attached and is set to explode into lush growth just about the time you plant those tomatoes next to it. If possible, and it is, it just takes time and labor, dig the weeds up – with all the roots – and toss them in your compost pile. What sweet revenge it is to turn wicked little weeds into rich compost!
Birds eat insects. You want to encourage as many birds as you possibly can to come and dine in your gardening area. Do this by putting up birdhouses in March to encourage them to set up housekeeping in them. The birds will happily help you control hungry bugs looking to eat your garden plants and vegetables. A birdbath is another invitation for birds to hang around your yard. If you have a cat that likes to hunt you might consider supervising its visits to your garden area as it doesn’t take long for word to get around to the other little birdies that there is a cat hunting them and they find other places to hunt insects.
Time to Add Compost to the Soil
Now is the time to add any thoroughly-rotted compost or manure to your soil to build your soil. You’ll want to use a shovel and dig it into the soil, mixing it up – don’t leave big clumps – into the soil. If you don’t have any, now is the time to begin your compost pile. A good thing to remember is never add fresh manure to your garden as it will burn your plants – it must be composted before it can be applied.