The most natural way to do it!
Everything that happens underground is most important. Everything above ground will follow if you take care of the soil first.
So what steps can you take now?
1. Add amendments to the soil.
Bumper Crop is our favorite product for adding nutrients. A blend of lobster shells, manure compost, worm castings, kelp, peat and aged bark. Inoculated with endo and ecto mycorrhizal fungi to improve root function. Everything your plants need in one bag!
2. Mulch your beds.
Mulch will protect the soil from frying in the hot sun. It will also protect the earthworms which we need to aerate the soil. A good mulch like our Super Duper Mulch, mixed in-house with compost, will eventually break down and become humus. Therefore, it will contribute more organic matter to the soil. Some mulches do a better job of this than others. We suggest our Super Duper Mulch for this humus-y bonus.
This year, with such mild weather, even some of my weeds have stayed green. Finally, they have a purpose!
Bulbs are already showing their noses above ground. The aardvark, or whatever Phil is, says we are having early spring. And I am thinking about my gardens already. So....I guess we will be dumped on with a huge snowfall any day now.
Did that sound cynical? It sounds like someone who has been fooled too many times! But the poet in me is still thinking about looking for buds on plants anyway. Here are some of my favorite harbingers.
You can find many more options on our PLANT FINDER and even make and print your wishlist to bring in when we re-open in March!
I love these shrubs because they are one of the first plants in my garden to produce beautiful and fragrant late winter flowers. They are understated and underused, and that's a shame. Here are a few of my favorite varieties that I think you will love too:
One of my favorite trees ever! Of course, I say that about a lot of trees, but I do mean it. Their big, romantic flowers look like they are straight out of a fairy tale. Who needs magic when we get spring blooms?! They are one and the same in my opinion.
Don't forget to check out our Plant Finder for more great ideas and in depth details on each plant!
What is your favorite spring bloomer?
You've planned out what veggies to plant this spring, and now you need to know how to get started.
Seeds or plants?
That depends on the plant. Because our area in the suburbs of Philadelphia doesn't really warm up until May, we don't have a long enough growing season to sow some plants' seeds directly in the ground. Some plants need several months to mature. One option would be to start them from seed in your home. This is a good idea if you have the room and bright light. Many people like this approach if they plan to plant a lot of veggies and want to save some money. You will still need peat pots or other small containers to plant in, lightweight seed soil, and maybe a grow lamp if you don't get enough light in your home.
Luckily for you, we sell vegetable plants that were already started in a local greenhouse. And it's not as expensive to start from plants as you might think! Most of our veggies are 5 for $15! That's a good size garden plot! Plus, it's perfect for those of us that procrastinate...
Want some instant gratification? Try some cool weather veggies that are ready to harvest right when they arrive to our greenhouse in April! Lettuce, kale, spinach, and other leafy greens, including salad mixes grown all together in one pot!
All other vegetables should be planted after the last frost.
Marietta has been writing about garden related subjects for 9 years.