With the weeds under control (for today) I had time to fertilize. The sweet corn is about twelve inches tall, a good indicator that it’s time to fertilize. Sweet corn needs more nitrogen than a lot of other garden vegetables.
“Moooooom, your garden is weedy!” said a bossy little five-year old. She is good at pointing out the obvious. After some much needed rain and sunshine, the garden is bursting with green, most of it weeds.
If plants are overcrowded, they fight for nutrients and water producing a smaller weaker plant. With a small amount of space to garden we need to use water, soil and nutrients as efficiently as possible.
Between soccer games, track practice, birthday parties, and life we finally started planting the garden. The girls were as excited as I was to be digging and planting. We had limited time before the sun set, so I handed the camera to twelve year old and started sowing.
When you walk into the garden center you will see there are lots of different choices. Below, I show different samples of fertilizers. I am not promoting one or the other; I use a variety of different fertilizers for different purposes.
This week we will continue to talk about soil, more specifically, nutrients in the soil. I often get asked, “Why do I need to fertilize?” My response is this, if you want a healthy, productive garden, you need it.
This is where you want to get it right! With the wrong soil, your garden will struggle and you might consider throwing in the trowel and giving up. Simply put, poor soil = poor garden. We can prevent this by doing our homework now, while it’s still too cold to garden.
Planting a vegetable garden, I am good at. Planning said vegetable garden, I am not good at. Writing this blog has been a bit agonizing as it forces me to sit down and make a plan, rather than winging it,...
Boots, gloves, and thinking about gardening have kept me warm this artic winter! I am ready to trade it all in for mud boots, garden gloves, and the soft earth below my feet. In the meantime, we can start planning the garden. It’s not too early!