In celebration of Earth Day, I'm excited to share a little about organic gardening. Spring is in full-effect and we are all set to get our gardens ready for planting, we just need compost or fertilizer to maximize growth potential. To clarify, by fertilizer I don’t mean anything with chemicals. Compost is always the best option, but it is too late if you don't already have a pile started. Keep a look out for future conversation on how to get started with your own compost pile. If you have not been composting this year, there is a great product called Miracle Gro Organic Choice to spread over the desired soil for your plants. Let's get prepping. Begin by spreading your compost or organic fertilizer on your garden bed now, and allow it to settle in for 2-3 weeks before planting your seeds or any plants that have been started indoors over the winter. Be sure to allow adequate room between plants when planting for growth and immediately water. If it is not raining every 2-3 days continue to water the soil. Rainwater is always best for the soil, if you are able to catch and store it. (We will cover that in another post as well.) If rainwater is not available, use distilled water or boiled water, as this will rid it of excess chlorine. Plan to place sticks or baskets over the plants to help them grow straight. Plant in adequate sunlight and a neat little trick - place leaves mixed with human hair over the plants to prevent animals from trying to eat them. A little fence is also helpful. Select the vegetables most desired by your family and plant about 4-6 inches apart. Do not over water, and never more than 2-3 times per week, less if it is raining.
-Lois Miller RDN, CDE, CPT
Photo Credit: Rick Ligthelm
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