The best way to succeed is to plan before you plant. So you’re interested in growing vegetables and/or root crops; do you know where you want to plant which varieties? Learn all you can about each plant’s needs, taking into consideration the following:
An area with good sunlight, usually between 6-8 hours a day, is recommended for vegetables and root crops. Some leafy vegetables like lettuce will do well in shadier areas. Check out the specific requirements for the varieties you want to grow. Well-drained and fertile soil are also necessary components for a good planting location. If your soil needs amending, take this task head on before you decide to plant.
When marking out your garden bed, be sure to consider the probability that after a few crops of your own homegrown edibles, you’ll want to plant more. Especially if you have an excellent growing location at your fingertips, it’s better to start with a smaller area and leave room for expansion. You’ll thank yourself later!
Preparing your soil before you plant will greatly improve your plant’s performance and promote healthy, vigorous growth. It is a good idea to have your soil tested to determine if it is lacking in any essential minerals and nutrients. This can be done through your County Extension Office or with one of our digital meters.
The goal of soil preparation is to replenish vital minerals and nutrients, as well as break up and loosen any compacted soil.
Soil preparation can be done at any time that the ground is not too wet or frozen. Your plants may be planted even when temperatures are quite cool. If a hard frost is expected, it is advisable to delay planting for a while until temperatures become more moderate. Generally, as long as your soil is workable, it is fine to plant.
Your lawn can provide you with ideal organic materials such as grass clippings and shredded leaves. Not only will the grass and leaves break down to provide soil nutrients, but they will help loosen the soil as well. You can gather these in the fall with spring planting in mind.
Adding organic materials, such as our Coco-Fiber Potting Medium and compost will improve most every soil type. Organic materials bind sandy soil particles so they retain moisture and nutrients better. They also break apart clay and silt particles, so that water can infiltrate and roots can spread.