Fall planting is right around the corner and we want to see your garden thrive! Here’s a quick guide to preparing your garden for its second growing season this year:
Start Your Seeds
There are many seeds that you can start indoors at home and now is the time to start them. You can start your brassicas (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and collards) as well as your lettuces and other leafy greens. You will need seed starting medium, a seed starting tray, seeds, water, and sunlight.
We’ll be hosting a seed starting party and workshop at the end of the month, so be on the lookout on our Facebook page for details!
Amend Your Soil
Good gardeners grow plants, but great gardeners grow soil. After pulling out your summer plants, replenish your soil with compost and fertilizer. If you weren’t able to compost this summer, no problem because Farmer D Organics has got your back! We sell organic compost at our garden center by the bag. A 16-qt bag amends up to 100 square feet of soil.
We would also recommend that you invest in a basic organic fertilizer – the Farmer D Fertilizer is 3-4-4. If you’ve noticed any specific deficiencies in your soil, perhaps extensive yellowing of your foliage or weak fruit production, it may be worth it to get your soil tested so that you can fertilize according to your soil’s specific conditions and needs. We can send your soil off to be tested at Farmer Ds or you can connect with your local extension office.
Purchase Your Transplants and Root Veggie Seeds
If you don’t have the time to start your own seeds, you can always purchase transplants. Transplants, or seedlings, are seeds that have been started for you and have grown to be about 3-to-4 weeks old. This fall Farmer Ds will be carrying broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, arugula, lettuce, and herb transplants. We also have a wide variety of cool season vegetable seeds – carrots, kohlrabi, beets, radishes, and more.
After you’ve started your seeds, amended your soil, and purchased the other transplants and seeds that you need, you’re all set to start growing this season!
In addition to a fall seed starting workshop, we’ll also be hosting a fall planting workshop in September. At this workshop we’ll discuss even more details of fall planting, cover cropping, and how to prepare your garden for the cold winter months. Follow our Facebook page for those updates!