Top 3 tips to get you ready
By Rocky Tassione
It’s finally Spring which means it’s time for Spring planting! Are you ready? Let me give you three tips that will set you up for success.
Turn Your Beds. Soil building is important! Spring is when you want to turn over your soil (one foot deep). It’s important not to till your soil until it is dry enough. How can you tell? If you can form a ball of soil in your hand and it doesn’t easily fall apart, the soil is too wet. You will want to wait until the soil easily crumbles in your hand.
Organic or Chemical Sprays. There are insects and mites that attack Harvest landscape plants and our garden beds. It’s important to be aware and to apply insecticides properly and at the right time of year…which is now! If you don’t use insecticides, you can expect to see caterpillars, spider mites, and aphids. As with all pesticides, take care when applying to food bearing plant as well as handling and storing of the pesticide. Always be sure to wash all produce well before consuming!
Fertilizer. The best method of pest control for your plants and garden is to keep them healthy so they don’t attract bugs. Fertilizer adds nutrients to the soil that might not get there any other way. We are fortunate at Harvest to have Dr. Robert Moon, Horticulturist, who created a recipe for our Harvest yards using soil samples as a guide to feed our plants. This plant food is all natural and environmentally balanced to improve overall plant vigor, enhance root health and stimulate all yard and garden plants. Turf, trees, shrubs, ground cover, perennials, vegetables and color will all thrive with this plant food in the Harvest soils. It is safe around kids and pets while encouraging microorganism activity in the soil. This plant food will not pollute the environment and over 95% will be utilized by the plants.
Join me on Saturday, March 28th at 9:00 am at the Harvest Garden as Dr. Moon will be hosting a fertilizer clinic. Afterwards, we will move the seeds that were planted a few weeks ago from the greenhouse to the garden.
There will be a lot of activity happening around the garden in the coming months. Here’s what you can expect to see:
· New garden plots for Harvest residents
· Sunflower field planted by the Farmhouse
· Planting of sweet corn and melons
I hope you will find these tips helpful as you start your Spring planting! Be sure to Follow and Like us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all things Harvest!