Organic Vegetable Gardening Tips
Soil Preparation: “It’s all about the soil!” Plan on using 3 bags each of organic mushroom
compost (40 lb. bags) and organic soil conditioner (1 c ft bag) for every 50-60
square feet of planting. (50 – 60 sq. feet is a 10x5 or 3x20 etc. space –
length x width). Then work the soil
amendment into your existing soil to a depth of 6-12 inches.
Raised Beds: When you live on top of a rock – build a
raised bed! Use local redwood or cedar
for your construction instead of pressure treated wood.
Check Soil pH: If the pH is wrongs, plants simply cannot
access the nutrients in the soil!
If your soil is acidic (It will be if you live in the upstate!) mix in
oyster shell lime with your planting soil at a ratio of one 10-pound bag per
100 square feet.
Make Good Plant Selections: Plant varieties that are naturally pest and
disease resistant and adapted to our local climate. Do NOT plant ALL heirloom varieties: some years they produce and some years
don’t. So, plant a variety of
Starter Fertilizer: Be sure you use a starter fertilize when
vegetable gardening that has “Mycorrhizal Fungi” in the
label. This beneficial fungus
must be in the soil so that it contacts the roots of plants and encourages
healthy root growth. Simply sprinkle
it on the soil and rake it in the top 2 inches after the bed is prepared OR add to each plant at the time
Keep Fertilizing: Use dry granular blends of organic tomato
and vegetable fertilizers. These fertilizers
include fish emulsion and kelp meal. To
get lots of food you’re your vegetable plants you have to keep giving your
plants food! Granular
fertilizers last longer than liquid fertilizers and they are a time saver.
Set up a Smart Watering System: Steady drip irrigations puts less stress on
vegetable plants and it reduces splashing up onto leaves and spreading disease
that over head, and hand watering can cause.
Drip irrigation is also extremely water conservative.
Call us for an Irrigation
Consultation and we can design and install your automatic drip irrigation
system for you
. Typical systems cost around
$ 700.00 for materials and labor! That gets you a custom automatic drip/mist
irrigation system for
Highway 11 *