Getting Your Spring Garden Ready!

Spring is almost here and gardeners are preparing for the first bloom! Preparing your garden for early spring might be challenging depending on where you are. Don’t worry you can follow these steps after the last frost or whenever you are ready!

First, WEEDS!
Your garden may be over run by weeds from the winter months and needs to be tended to! You can get it all done in one day or you can try weeding one day at a time so you don’t overwhelm yourself.

Second, Get your SOIL ready!
Depleted soil can affect your plants growth, health, strength and nutrition. Begin by picking out any debris on the surface of your garden bed, then start tilling up the soil about 12 inches down. Add OceanSolution Home & Garden 3-0-3 to your soil and till again to mix it in! The 3-0-3 will release trapped nutrients and stimulate microbial activity for healthier, restored soil! Soil is ready for gardening once it is free of ice crystals and crumbles easily. You should never use wet soil, it can hinder the plants and cause root rot.

Third, BRING OUT THOSE BULBS!
Plant your daffodils, lilies, crocus, hyacinth and any other bulbs that you’ve brought inside! Early spring is the BEST time to set out bulbs.

Fourth, CLEAN UP your old plants!
Prune all your plants that have survived winter for better growth and a more uniform look.

Fifth, COMPANION PLANTING !
Figure out what you want to plant this year for spring, then plant companion plants to ward off pest and disease. Avoid planting vegetables in big patches or long rows, instead inter-plant with flowers and herbs. Large patches of one type of vegetable serve as a beacon to problematic pests. If you mix in some herbs and flowers, it becomes more difficult for pests to find your veggies. The scent of flowers and herbs, as well as the change up in color, is thought to confuse pests. Certain flowers and herbs attract beneficial insects to your garden as well. Here is a great chart for companion planting! http://www.ufseeds.com/Vegetable-Companion-Planting-Chart.html

Sixth, MULCH IT!
Using mulch in your garden helps in more than one way. It helps maintain the temperature, it conserves water and helps drastically reduce weeds.You can also use straw, leaves, sawdust, compost or grass clippings, as well as the traditional wood mulch.

Seventh, KEEP UP!
Now is when you can relax and enjoy your garden! You can check on your garden everyday and tend to your plants, pull weeds, gather harvests and check for pests. Be sure to water and use OceanSolution 3-0-3 in the morning, twice a week! (we have great gadgets for easy feeding while watering at www.OceanSolution.com)

HAPPY GROWING!

Mineral Rich Fertilizers

By David Pendergast – www.agoragardens.com

One of the most important things we can do as gardeners is to take care of the soil in which we grow our crops.  Home gardeners are no different than giant agribusinesses that feed millions of people.  We fertilize the plants we grow in hopes for higher yields, but we must also be good stewards of the soil.

Today, organic growers have access to materials that serve the dual purpose of feeding both plants and soil at the same time.  As long as your fertilizers are made from natural materials such as minerals mined from rock or deep oceanic water, you will be taking care of the soil while also fertilizing your plants.  This is where the use of chemical only fertilizers will eventually weaken your soil.  Chemicals will diminish your soil’s ability to retain water and over time, higher and higher amounts of chemicals will be required to stimulate plant growth.  It is a downward spiraling cycle that is very harmful to the health of the soil.

In my experience, I have found that fertilizers sourced from the ocean are the best solution to effective soil and plant management.  The benefits are numerous:

Environmentally safe with non-toxic effects

Increased nutritional density

Approved for organic production

Restores depleted soils

Easily repeated application with no harm of “burning” vegetables and plants

Plants germinate quicker, ripen earlier and retain high nutrition

Plants are more stress resistant

I encourage all growers to carefully read the labels on the containers.  They are an excellent source of information, as are the experts at local garden centers.  The more you learn about what we are putting in our soils, the more successful we will all become at organic sustainable gardening.