Spring into Gardening: Tips for a Bountiful Harvest!

Spring is in full swing, and there’s no better time to get your hands dirty and start your garden! Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a budding green thumb, our Gardening 101 guide will set you on the path to a bountiful harvest.

Here are three essential steps to ensure your garden thrives:

Prepare Your Garden Properly

Before planting your first seed and seedlings, it’s crucial to prepare your garden bed thoroughly:

Fork the Soil: Start by loosening the soil to improve aeration and drainage. This step is vital for root health and overall plant growth. Watch a soil forking demo with Farmer Jo here.
Fertilize Properly: Enrich your soil with the right nutrients. Use a balanced fertilizer or incorporate compost to provide essential minerals. Click here to download our handy garden fertilizing guide.
Mulch to Retain Moisture: Mulching helps conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain an even soil temperature. Organic mulches like straw or wood chips work well, or you can use geotextile fabric, as we do here at the Farm, to keep the moisture in and the weeds out. Find geotextile in the Farm Store where you can purchase it by the foot.

Plant with Precision

How you plant is just as important as what you plant:

Consider Planting Density: Avoid overcrowding your plants. Overcrowded gardens have a higher risk of disease and reduced yields. Give each plant enough space to grow and breathe. Click here to download a handy plant spacing chart.

Proper Planting Techniques: Each plant has its own needs. For example, tomatoes benefit from being planted deeply, with only the top leaves exposed. This encourages robust root development and a healthier plant overall.

Care for Your Garden

Consistent care will ensure your garden remains healthy and productive:

Regular Watering: Water your plants regularly, preferably from underneath using a soaker hose or drip tape. This method reduces the risk of fungal diseases that can occur when water sits on plant leaves, or soil splashes onto the underside of the leaves.
Weed Management: Stay on top of weeding. Regular cultivation prevents weeds from becoming established and competing with your plants for nutrients and water. Farmer Jo has lots of weed control tips - click here to learn more.
Ongoing Fertilization: Feed your plants throughout the growing season. Side dressing with compost or chicken manure pellets can provide a steady supply of nutrients to keep your plants thriving.
By following these essential steps, you’ll be well on your way to a successful gardening season. Remember, a well-prepared garden, mindful planting, and consistent care are the keys to a bountiful harvest. Happy gardening from all of us at Ottawa Farm Fresh and grow with love!

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