One of my 3 gardens last year…..my 2nd garden was just for squash and vine plants, the 3rd was for corn and tomatoes and shell beans to climb the corn. We even grew popcorn!
Here are a few tips for a healthy soil:
How to Promote the Plant-Mycorrhizae Partnership
• Minimize soil tilling (kills earthworms and beneficial fungi)
• Always keep live plants in your beds, even in winter
• Rotate crops within your beds
• Avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers
• Avoid applying too much phosphorus; a soil test every few years is a good idea
Oh no, it’s that time again to be thinking of getting our gardens mapped out in our minds, if not on paper. Companion planting, like planting tomatoes next to borage to repel hornworms, and marigolds or yarrow around the perimeter of your garden really works! It feels great to grow our own vegetables for the winter and have the kitchen stocked! Now, what about starting plants with good quality seed? We buy the heirloom seed that is open-pollinated, meaning you can save it and replant it the following year. It is non GMO and untreated. Plant your seeds inside or build a greenhouse that is not too large. We looked at these two designs and combined them so the door from the rounded model was installed into our greenhouse that has a peak.