The past couple months we’ve been sowing our early-season crops, and now we’re fully into summer growing season! Here’s what to do now to keep your veggie garden growing and maximize your summer harvest:
They say April showers bring May flowers, but here at Sprout we like to say April showers bring fruit and veggies! Now that we are about a month into Spring and the weather is warming up, our urban farm is starting to take shape.
For the past month we’ve been doing our post-winter clean up and preparing our soil for our veggies. Now comes the fun part — planting! Here’s some important stuff to know and do right now to for a bountiful harvest all summer:
I am lucky to be working with one of my favorite people on her garden this season — my mom! Bonnie has experience growing her own veggies — tomatoes, squash, okra — but it was years ago, and so she was feeling a bit uncertain about how to get her garden going again.
We put our early season crops into the ground last month, and they’re coming along beautifully. We’ve been eating our spinach and lettuces already, and enjoying some cold-hardy herbs (rosemary and thyme).
After the early spring clean up of our garden, I’m eager to get some plants into the ground. There are some crops that are frost-tolerant and in fact thrive in cooler months, so I focus on those first.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the garden, this happens:
Sometimes it can be hard to know when to plant and when to harvest different vegetables, which can make gardening seem complex and overwhelming. But it’s actually simpler than you might think.