Saturday, September 05, 2009

Bea's Favorite Gardening Tips~

These timely tips can apply to any type gardening, not just herbs. are planting directly in the ground, take time to prepare your soil properly. Get a soil test or do it yourself with a simple soil kit.
In areas where the soil is rocky and otherwise poor soil...just bypass that idea and build raised beds. Less repetitive work, less pest, less weeds...what's not to like.

Make choices based on your local areas native plant history.
Check with your Ag office or home extension service to get good info what does and doesn't do well in your area.

If planting from nursery stock, make your selection when plants are in bloom.
This way you know you are getting what you think you are getting.

Always water cell packs before putting them into the ground.

If using pine straw as mulch...shred it first.

Invest in a simple irrigation system or at least a good quality kink-free hose.

Always add fresh organic matter ( compost ) at every new planting season.

Fall and winter is the best time to move established plants that must be moved.

Fall is the best time to plant perennials, roses, trees, and shrubs.

Always plan your garden so every season has something to offer for functionality and for visual delights.

And...avoid using chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.
They all deplete your soil of good things and put ingredients into your edible plants that will not serve you well for good health.

Happy gardening and stay safe and healthy~

Have a wonderful Labor Day...

Bea Kunz
Sage Hill Farms

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