It’s time to wake your garden up! #Tired
A few early preparations for the spring gardening season will bring numerous benefits to your garden all year long!
It has been a long winter and I am itching to get back into the swing of things! Reconnecting with the earth is rejuvenating for you and your garden, especially in the early spring season.
Taking steps to prepare your garden will reap a successful harvest. Lets get to work!
Here are my 7 simple tasks to get you started…
- Clean Out: About a month before planting, clean up your garden area, wherever it may be, from leaves, debris and weeds. Go ahead and fix any broken gates, fences or existing beds to get ahead of the game.
2. Tools: Always clean your tools before you start digging in the garden! We don’t want any contaminates leaking into the soil that can accidentally spread fungus or bacteria.
3. Seedlings: Connect with your community or grow your own! Start growing seedlings now. Organize a list of fruits, veggies and flowers that work best for you. We suggest making space indoors for small LED lights to get your seedlings started. At OBF, we use organic starting soil and later transfer the germinated seedlings into organic potting soil. If you do not have the means to grow your own, buying organic seedlings from local gardening centers or Oasis Backyard Farms will work as well! Call or email us for more details!
TBA: We will be selling OBF seedlings at Bayonet Farm in Holmdel for Earth Day on April 29th AND at our Farm’s Grand Opening on May 5th !!!
4. The Last Frost: May is one of the long awaited months of the year in the Northeast. The warmer weather makes the soil perfect for sowing seeds. Warm soil will allow for fast germination and a healthy growing environment for the plants. Weather permitting of course, OBF plants on Mother’s Day or after May 13th.
5. Soil Testing: Remember to test your soil early spring or late fall. That way, it will give you enough time to add amendments before the growing season begins.
- You can buy your own soil testing kit at any local garden center or your Local County Extension Office
- Check out Rutgers University New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station to get you started on testing soil.
Our company, Oasis Backyard Farms relies on Rutgers University’s soil testing lab to get accurate results for our client’s gardens and on our farm!
How To Link: How To Have Your Soil Tested
- Working The Soil: Digging in the soil too early is a common mistake. When the soil is still saturated with melting snow or spring rain, it can be easily compacted by digging apart large clumps, which will only make it harder to break it up later due to lack of oxygen. Plant roots will grow best when there are air pockets between the soil particles.
- Pick up a handful of soil in your hand. Squeeze the soil together so that it forms a ball. If the ball of soil can be broken with your fingers, it is dry enough to dig!
- Compost: Composting is the process of giving nutrients back to your soil using organic materials. Oasis Backyard farms recreates this process using two main ingredients: organic green material & brown material including air and oxygen to break them down. Season after season, we use this process that is naturally high in nutrients to grow our produce. With the right ingredients and the right environment, your compost system will create a product that is extremely valuable. Lay 3-5 inches of compost on top of the soil after you have broken it up.
FACT: According to the Composting Council, if everyone in the United States composted all of their food waste, the impact would be equivalent to removing 7.8 million cars from the road!
LINK: How to Start Composting
- Grass clippings
- Fruits & Vegetable scraps
- Egg shells
- Decayed plant matter
- Organic Coffee Grounds
- Fresh Manure
- Dry Leaves
- Saw Dust
- Straw & Hay
- Woods Chippings
It’s time to prepare your garden for the upcoming growing season! Are you ready?
Call or email Oasis Backyard Farms with any question, we are here to help!