March 25, 2021 Newsletter
Spring is here and suddenly gardeners everywhere feel like they’re running out of time. I know I do. My seed orders arrived late which threw me for a loop. I can’t wait to get back to the garden and I know you feel the same way. I remind myself that nature thrives, even if seeds are started a week or two late.
Once things start to grow, the garden changes quickly, but a gardener’s priorities stay constant. We focus on creating healthy soil and doing our part to carve out a little slice of heaven.
This week I’m sharing a fun YouTube account and some tips to help you maintain healthy garden soil.
How To Create a Cutting Garden in a Small Space
I stumbled onto a fun YouTube channel that I think you’ll enjoy.
Jessica Smith’s channel, Flower & Land, features garden tutorials, growing cut flowers, and more. She created a video that was featured on BBC’s Gardener’s World where she shows how she created her door step cut flower garden in containers.
Jessica’s container cut flower garden is a great example of using the space you have to create something remarkable.
Jessica fell in love with gardening after she started growing plants from seeds. Now she is a professional Gardener and Floral Designer residing in Bath, UK. Her YouTube channel is a fun mix of garden walks, floral arranging, and garden tips.
Helpful Tips for Healthy Soil
Healthy soil is the key to gardening success for the home gardener. But what do you need to do to ensure your soil is healthy?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has educational resources available online to teach you all you need to know to maintain healthy soil in your garden. The website is a great resource for home gardeners.
Here’s a few things you can do to keep your garden soil healthy.
- Don’t garden when your soil is wet.
- Don’t walk on your garden soil, especially when the ground is wet.
- Get a soil test.
- Encourage biodiversity. Grow a variety of plants and rotate crops.
- Keep soil covered using mulch, plants, and cover crops.
- Maintain healthy levels of organic material (more isn’t always better which is why it’s important to test your soil).
Helpful Gardening Resources
Frost Dates – Find your frost dates by zip code so you know when to start planting.
Web Soil Survey – Learn about the soil conditions in your area.
Sustainable Gardening – Ideas to help you garden sustainably.
Cutting Garden – Tips on how to design your cutting garden.
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