Now that we are safely past any frost in greater Boston it's officially time to plant this years crop of tender veggies. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, zucchini and all your favorites are now ready to be planted. But before you do, you need to make sure you have your garden prepped, ready and and supplies in hand.
Here are some helpful tips in preparing for another season of planting the perfect vegetable garden.
First off you need to make sure to spend time and turn the soil and add some fresh compost or manure to your beds. Adding compost will add microorganisms and nutrients to your garden along with earth worms and good bacteria. All good things in any garden! Once your beds are ready plan the layout of your veggies. Be sure to give the plants as much space as possible. Remember in an ideal situation most veggies would like space to grow so spread them out as best you can, three feet between tomatoes is best.
Once in the ground you will need to have good sturdy stakes or cages for support. I like 1" x 1" hardwood stakes that are at atleast 6 feet tall. Make sure you have soft ties to use as they grow up along the way. After that all you need is a nice fertilizer for your veggies. Espoma makes a great organic fertilizers like Plant Tone, Garden Tone and even Tomato Tone, All easy to apply and very effective.
What! You don't have any garden space? How about using a container? Big plastic buckets, wood barrels or large pots work almost as well. Just make sure they are at least 14" across the top and 14" deep.
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