Our recent stay-at-home orders have given many of us spare time to think about what our properties potential is. It’s not a surprise that many of us have taken up gardening.
Gardening is a proven stress reliever and gives us a reason to get out into fresh air. For months we had trouble finding items in the grocery store so why not grow your own produce for self-sufficiency.
Vegetables can be grown in raised beds or containers. If you are just starting out, look for a space in your garden that has sun for at least six hours per day and good soil not too sandy. You can purchase potting soil, raised bed soil or you can buy or make your own compost if you have the time and add to your soil.
If you use compost, your plants will get nutrients they need otherwise you may have to fertilize. Look for an organic slow release fertilizer which does not have to be reapplied often.
Plants growing in containers need regular watering. Make sure your container plants have drainage holes to prevent root rot. Check for moisture daily, twice during hot weather making sure soil is moist but not soggy. It is always better to water deeply and less frequently so the water reaches the plant’s roots, so they grow strong.
When you choose the location of your garden, consider access to supplemental water. Most plants require 1 to 2 inches of water per week, they will require more during hot, dry spells.
If you missed your early gardening opportunity you still can plant in summer for a fall crop of spinach, kale, beets, garlic, radishes and little carrots.