Springtime is officially here. Don’t think just because the weather is behaving more like winter than summer that you can’t do important gardening tasks. Now is the perfect time to assure your plants will be healthy, your garden lush and your vegetable production off the charts. Here are these five things:
Carefully Select Vegetable Varieties
Your local climate and soil conditions are unique. Be sure to choose varieties that grow well in your loca area. Local nurseries, agricultural extension agents or local agricultural schools can help you find the best varieties. Or, you could ask the nearest farmer what he or she uses – count on experienced gardeners to know the best varieties to grow in your area.
A Compost Pile is the Gardeners Best Friend
A well done compost pile is worth it’s weight in gold – well, almost – to a successful gardener. Composting gives growers the ability to literally make healthy soil out of waste plant material.
If you don’t have a compost pile, start one this spring. If you already have one, feed it, turn it, do whatever you need to do to get it “cooking” so it’ll be thoroughly decomposed and ready to be used when you need it.
Whether you are adding compost to soil to build it up, side dressing vegetable plants with nutritious compost or applying compost tea, you cannot beat the usefulness of a compost pile for your garden.
Prepare to Make Compost Tea
Don’t say “yuck” – this is not for you to drink. It’s for your plants.I like to think of this as the organic variety of the dissolvable plant fertilizer that is used with the water hose, only this one is not colored bright blue. This is a nutrient rich solution you make be adding completely ready compost to water, steeping it and then applying it to your plants either as water around the plant on the ground or even by spraying on the leaves. It is not harsh and won’t burn your plants.