Get Into Gardening! From Spring to Fall, Grow Your Own & Reap the Harvest.
A great project for the entire family, starting a vegetable garden is a rewarding activity that will provide you with fresh delicious food to enjoy for many months to come. Below are some tips on how you can easily grow your fruit, vegetables and herbs. Skip the grocery store this year and enjoy your own harvest. Nothing is more rewarding or tastes better!
Our seed starting supplies are available in-store or online.
We offer an extensive selection of all your favorite seeds and plants in-store including:
Over 600 varieties of heirloom, organic and GMO free seeds (available February)
90 plus varieties of cool weather vegetables and fruit plants (available March-May)
More than 50 varieties of tomatoes (available late April early May)
Over 40 varieties of peppers (available late April early May)
More than 100 varieties of USDA organic vegetable plants (available late April early May)
Freshly grown organic fall vegetable plants (beginning mid August)
Where to Begin
Vegetable gardening should not be overlooked in early spring. That’s the time to decide where the garden will go and how much space you have available. So many of us wait until after we’ve already purchased the plants to decide where the garden should go and that is when we discover we have purchased too many plants!
Take the time to prepare your garden before you plant. Then by following through on watering, pruning and fertilizing the rest of the season, you will ensure your garden is lush and fruitful.
If you’re starting with seeds, you can start seeds for tomatoes, peppers and other warm-weather vegetables indoors in March.
When to Plant
One of the questions we hear most often this time of year is ‘Is it time to plant?’
Early April is a great time to plant cool weather crops such as:
Perform best in daytime temperatures around 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit and tolerate some light frost. They are harvested in late June through July before the heat of summer.
Warm weather crops should not be planted outdoors until after May 15th. They include:
- herbs (annuals)
Require higher soil and air temperatures. They have one growing cycle ranging from late spring to late summer.
Have you ever wondered why farm stands have such great produce in the fall? It is because they plant a second crop in mid-late August.
- Warm summer temperatures help a plant establish its root system
- Cool fall weather encourages bountiful yields
Many vegetables, including lettuce and broccoli, can be harvested until the ground freezes.
We carry freshly grown organic vegetables and herbs to plant in the fall. These include:
Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Cabbage, Kale, Lavender, Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Peas, Parsley, Rosemary, Squash, Thyme.
Where to plant vegetables:
Vegetable gardens should be located in full sun; avoid areas that are shaded by trees, buildings or other structures. The soil should drain well and not puddle for any length of time.
Prepping the soil:
Good soil preparation before planting will guarantee healthy vegetable plants and higher yields at harvest time. Mix in a soil amendment with a high organic content such as Dr. Earth Vegetable Garden Planting Mix or compost into the soil. Rake the area smooth and level, breaking up clods and lumps of soil.
It is very important to follow the spacing guidelines on the seed pack or plant label for each type of vegetable. This ensures your plants have the room they need to grow and produce fruit. Plants like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant may require the extra support of a tomato cage or stakes.
Remember, you are what you eat, so choosing an organic fertilizer for your vegetable garden is a must. Apply once a month May through August for optimum results.
Water vegetable gardens only when the soil is dry and needs it. Deep, but infrequent, watering, two or three times a week is best if there is no natural rainfall. Excessive watering may encourage insect and disease problems.
A word about fruit trees and berry bushes:
Fruiting trees and shrubs such as figs, blueberries, strawberries, pears, plums and grapes can also be planted outdoors beginning in April. As with vegetables, follow the proper spacing, fertilizing and watering guidelines so that you can produce the best possible harvest. Trees and bushes planted late summer or fall may bear fruit in the spring.
Any questions? Let us know. We are here to help you every step of the way!
Get Happy. Get Healthy. Get Gardening.
Did you know that gardening has amazing health benefits?
Gardening has been proven to make people happier, feel great satisfaction and provide self sufficiency. Plus tending to your garden gets you out in the sunshine for much needed natural vitamin D.
Stay happy and healthy! Your friends at Hicks Nurseries.