Radio Show: all about Veggie Gardens!
Memorial Weekend traditions usually include a trip “up north” and planting! Our vegetable gardens anxiously await the addition of tomatoes, peppers and squash. This has been one wicked Spring – if you can even call it that!
Here are some tips for a successful veggie garden:
- MOST veggies prefer full sun, that’s at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
- An inch of water a week is generally sufficient, it’s better for them to be drier than too wet. If you stick your finger in the soil to the 2nd knuckle and it’s dry, then water your plants. Water well.
- The caveat to the above is tomatoes. They prefer to be kept evenly moist, that means no extremes of moisture. If you’ve had issues with cracking, try ‘Sweet Olive’. This is a cherry tomato that can be grown in a container.
- Another thing about tomatoes, they don’t like to be grown in the same spot year after year. The “experts” recommend changing their planting site every 2 to 3 years. This is so the soil can renew itself.
- Add mulch such as leaves, grass clippings (with no chemicals), straw or weed-free hay to your garden beds in June.
- I always suggest starting small, you can always increase the size of your vegetable garden but if you start to big, you may become overwhelmed and not enjoy it. That’s NOT a good thing!
- Raised beds are a veggie gardener’s best friend. The soil stays fluffy and it’s not as hard on your back.
- Go out every day to check for insects, the faster you spot them, the faster you can control them. Likely with no chemicals at all. If you have questions, send me an email!
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CATCH A NEW EPISODE OF “DIG IN MINNESOTA” JUNE 2nd AT 9AM ON THE CW TWIN CITIES. Ch. 23
We’ll talk tree planting, low maintenance lawns and garden sculpture!