It’s that time of the year. You know; there’s barely any snow left, but there’s also not much “life” in things. It’s the grey area between Newfoundland seasons, which leaves us wondering will we have another Sprinter?? We hope not!
2020 has been an interesting year for Newfoundland to say the least. We started with a bang with Snowmageddon and now we’re all together (by a distance of course) in COVID. And now that we’re heading into the growing season we all JUST WANT TO GET IN THE GARDEN! But. It’s still a little early for that. So what can you do in the mean time?
In order to have a successful growing season on any scale of gardening it’s important to plan. And luckily, most of us have more time than ever to plan this year! It’s a great time to work your soil, turning it over, adding in compost and other fertilizers. By doing so now, you’ll be ready to go when the weather is a little warmer and more safe for planting in. No matter what you’re planning on planting this year we would suggest that compost is a good addition either way. For us, we also add a granular, slow release fertilizer. There are a few different options for this. In general, we like to add a 6-12-12 for root crops and then a 10-10-10 for other crops. Now a super brief science lesson on fertilizer numbers:
The three numbers on a fertilizer bag represent the amount of Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P) and Potassium or Potash (K). Nitrogen is for leaf growth. Phosphate is for root growth. Potash is for flower and reproduction growth. This is where the planning comes handy: before you can successfully fertilize you need to know what you’re growing. Think: are you growing the leaves, roots or fruits? Then plan accordingly.
Another thing you can be doing now is finding sources for your plants and purchasing your seeds. It’s still a little chilly for annual plants to go outside so if you don’t have a greenhouse you’re best of waiting until closer to June to purchase those. Luckily for you, we have a great selection of all of the above! Even better, we have a veggie gardening webinar coming up on May 26. Sign up today!
We know, your garden is looking at you and you just want to spend time in it! But trust us, the best thing you can do for your growing season at this point is the planning and prepping. Hold off a little longer, and you’ll be grateful you did in a few months time. Until next time, happy gardening!