Last month I attended a local meeting on gardening and learned a lot of great tips from the presenter, Katie Brandt, one of the founders of Groundswell Farm . She has a great amount of experience growing food as this farm offers a CSA program and also sells at our local farmers market.
While Katie offered lots of in-depth growing advice (some a bit over my head as a beginner gardener), but I took note of a few handy tips to share that are easy, but could make a difference in your produce and supply.
Harvest lettuce in the morning so that it is crisp and not yet wilted from the heat
Keep picking green beans or the plants will stop producing (they think that they’re done!)
It is stressful for a plant to be planted after it has a flower or fruit on it
Laying straw in the garden helps to control weeds, but keeps soil cool so it’s not as good for tomatoes
If sending in soil to be tested, make sure to not dig it out with an iron shovel
For a bushy basil plant, always cut above the second set of leaves, wait for additional growth and then cut again at the next level
When moving plants from the greenhouse to the garden, try to plant before a light rain (the same goes for planting seeds in the garden)
When planting seeds in pots for the greenhouse, cover lightly with soil (especially lettuce)
While these tips are a bit random, they are all simple to do in the garden. Do you have any helpful tips to share as we approach spring and gardening time?