Spring is in the air and that means it is time to get your garden ready! Whether you are working with a backyard garden, a container garden, raised beds, or just want to know how to start the process, we have some helpful information for you. Recently, our in-house expert Tim Mountz, Sustainable Agriculture Teacher at Westtown School, shared his thoughts on gardening. Farmer Tim, as he is known to our students, reminds us that gardening is a great activity for the whole family AND can get kids excited to eat fruits and vegetables. So step away for the screen, grab your shovel, and let’s get to it!
If you do not already have a garden or set area, here are some suggestions for choosing a location.
It is best for your garden or container to be in an area that receives direct sunlight for the majority of the day. An area close to the kitchen makes it fun and easy for transport. Remember to plant some of our aromatic friends such as lavender, rosemary, and sage. Don’t worry if you do not have land, containers are great for smaller, portable gardens!
When should garden prepping begin?
If you are interested in prepping for a vegetable bed, now (March/April) is a great time to start raking and weeding the area. Be sure to dig and rake to loosen all the soil below. Roots like loose soil and will grow better in this environment. Once you clean out the area, let it soak up the sun and dry out. If you are more interested in perennials, now is the time to cut them back. You can do the pruning and have your little one help gather the cuttings. The cuttings are a great addition to your compost, too!