Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the air!

Get more from your garden this year!
It is always exciting to get those first seeds safely tucked into the ground. But you
can get much more out of your space by using innovative techniques. Succession
planting is ideal for crops such as beans and salad greens because staggered seed
sowing will yield continuous harvests. It is a great way to get the most our of your
garden space.

The same garden space can be utilized go grow several different veggies through-
out the growing season. Follow a crop of spring vegetables, like spinach,
arugula, peas or scallions with summer vegetables like heat-loving cucumbers
tomatoes or squash. When fall arrives, plant lettuce, radishes or kale in that same
spot.

Interplanting is another good way to use your garden space to harvest the most. Plant
fast-maturing crops among ones that mature more slowly. Plant lettuce between young tomato seedlings or radish seeds alternately with carrot seeds.

Use people power and weed, prune and rake by hand whenever possible.
A tidy blanket of good organic mulch keeps your soil less stressed during the
summer.

Know your fertilizer needs. Many gardeners either under- or over-apply fertilizer. Contact your local Cooperative Extension office for specific sampling and instructions.
The numbers and letters on fertilizer bags like “NPK 29-2-4” represent the percentage
of each ingredient in the product by weight. N = nitrogen, helps with the greening in grass and encourages growth. P = phophorous, stimulates root growth and helps seeds to sprout. K = potassium helps grass withstand disease and drought.

Nature can cure what ails you. Research suggests that we are genetically hard-
wired to tap into Mother Nature’s great outdoors when we need to cure what ails us. Green surroundings improve mental alertness.

Determined-to-flower hellebores have been blooming in my garden for weeks,
shimmers of brilliance from “Josef Lemper”, “Pink Frost” and “Winter Bliss” blend
with naturalized snowdrops, deep-purple grape hyacinths, lavender colored Glory of the Snow and bright blue Scilla- the entire colorful show courting potential pollinators.

Spring is here – you can practically taste it.

 

Thank you, Gotti K. for this contribution to our website!

 

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