(NC)—When it comes to eating – or to fuelling our body in the most nutritious way – there may be nothing more pleasurable or satisfying than growing our own food.
Indeed, growing vegetables represents quality time with the family for planting, nurturing, and harvesting the yield – and it's true that nothing beats the taste of fresh–picked vegetables straight from the garden.
If you'd like some refresher tips, or if this is the year to plant your first garden, take a look at this helpful little checklist from Miracle–Gro, a leading name in plant food:
• Plan: Choose a spot that gets at least six hours of full sunlight daily and with a water source nearby. Drainage is key so consider a raised bed. In limited spaces, terrace pots for vegetables are a pleasant alternative.
• Prepare: Clear your spot by removing grass, rocks, or other debris. Add 5 to 8 centimetres of new soil, like Miracle–Gro Moisture Control Garden Soil, or Organic Choice Garden Soil. Both soils contain slow–release nutrients; improve drainage; support strong root growth; and promote beneficial micro–organism activity for an abundant harvest.
• Plant: Cold–weather vegetables like Broccoli, carrots, lettuce, peas, and spinach right after the final frost of spring. Warm–weather vegetables like corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers should be planted in late–May, after the ground has warmed–up more.
• Prevent Weeds: Put a layer of mulch around the plants. An attractive, colour–rich brand is Scotts Nature Scapes Mulch.
• Feed and Water: At the seedling stage, your plants should be kept moist. When watering, aim at the base of the plant. Vegetables use up nutrients from the soil as they grow. Replenish these nutrients with regular feedings of a quality fertilizer, such as MiracleGro Water Soluble Plant Food, or Organic Choice Multi–Purpose Organic Plant Food.
• Nurture and Care: You may be surprised how quickly vegetables develop. Most grow from a tiny transplant to a full harvest in 30 to 90 days.
More information is available online at www.GroForGood.ca – and this spring, the Miracle–Gro Gardening Guide will be distributed in neighbourhood garden centres.