It’s that time of year again - garden season! Have you ever wanted to grow your own produce but just didn’t know how to start? Our farm manager Julianne Keech has five gardening tips for beginners to get you growing like a pro in no time!
1. Start small
Consider starting with containers rather than jumping straight to a garden. Containers can be more manageable and will help you learn the ropes before taking the next step.
2. It's all about the soil
Make sure you add a few inches of high quality, organic compost to your garden every year. This will ensure that the soil has lots of nutrients and life to support healthy plants! [note: if you are growing in containers, you may need to add organic fertilizer regularly.]
3. Plant according to the sun
Only get a few hours of sunlight? No problem! You can still grow herbs, lettuce, arugula, kale, and other leafy greens. If you are lucky to get 6 or more hours of sunlight, then you can grow things like tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers.
4. Timing is everything
In Toronto, the best time to plant your garden or containers is near the end of May, when the risk of frost has passed. Planting that early will give your veggies a long season to grow and produce!
5. Grow things that you are excited about
Gardening should be fun - always select veggies that you are excited about growing and eating!