02 Apr Planning Your Garden
Spring is so close we can taste it! April Fools! It may be a while before we can get back into the garden, but with weather like this it is the perfect time to start planning your garden without even stepping a foot outdoors. Here are a few quick tips on how to design a successful and bountiful garden:
- Space: Do you have enough of it?
Designing the layout of your garden is a great way to prepare how much space you will need ahead of time. Start by making a list of all of the vegetables, fruit or herbs you want to plant this year, then draw up a map spacing the plants out by accounting for the amount of space the plant needs once it reaches full maturity and ensure none of the plants are being overshadowed by others. This is especially important to remember in raised bed situations, as the plants only have so much room to spread their roots in a raised bed. There is also something to be said about too much space, which may just depend on how much time you want to spend pulling weeds. The point is to do some research on how tall and wide the variety of plants your planting typically grow.
- Crop rotation: To prevent disease and problem pests. Consider rotating planting locations for plants that you had disease issues with last year. Some diseases are soil-borne, but luckily not all plants react to the same diseases that infected the plant in that spot last year. While removing all plant debris in the fall is crucial, it is also essential to plant a completely different variety of plants in that infected area.
- Plant Deterrents: For pests, not neighbors. There are several different plants than can help deter pests in the garden, especially those that have an odor to them. Making room for these plants throughout the garden may prove to be very helpful with preventing both insects and animals:
Finally, don’t forget to add HyR BRIX® Fertilizers to your shopping list and plan on spreading it across your entire garden before digging into plant this spring. For product information visit: http://hyrbrix.com/product-info/