We all know winter was rough, but now that the snow has melted and the polar vortex is no more it’s time to get digging.
Employees at the growing place say their seeing a trend of people who want to grow their own food, and right now’s the perfect time to plant most veggies and herbs.
“The only thing you can’t plant right now is some of the warm weather vegetables like pumpkins, those aren’t out yet, and eggplants, because they can’t handle the lower temperatures we might still get,” said Michael Massat, Manager at The Growing Place.
Vegetables like peppers and tomatoes will hold up if planted now, but if the temperatures dip below 40 degrees you should cover up your garden.
When getting ready to plant think about what you want in your garden.
“Plant what you like to eat. Don’t plant anything you don’t like to eat. If you don’t like beets then don’t plant them because you’ll be wondering what to do with them later,” said Massat.
If you’re looking for a place to put your garden you’ll have to dig up a spot in your yard and make sure to till the soil. But another option is to plant your veggies in containers.
“There are a lot of plants that can grow in containers. We sell peppers for containers and there are some small tomatoes that do well in containers,” said Massat. “It means they don’t have to have a nasty dirty spot tilled up in their yard.”
Massat says watering is the most important part. If the soil is dry to a depth of a half an inch or so, it’s time to water. How often you need to water varies greatly with the temperature. With high temperatures in the mid-70s (24 C), watering once a week will probably be more than adequate. But when temperatures hit the mid-90s (35 C), you may need to water as often as every other day.
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