Prepare Your Planting Beds and Garden Area
Cultivate soil down one foot. Add appropriate organic soil amendments before planting. For Agromin’s organic soil amendments, go here.
Revitalize Garden Soil
Gardening in the same location over the years may mean it needs refreshing. Rotate your crops (i.e., plant tomato plants where peppers were grown last year).
Mow Lawn to the Right Height
Mow regularly to keep weeds at bay and to promote thicker lawns. Grass blade height should be at 2″. When the weather warms considerably in the summer, increase grass blade height to 3″.
Plant Summer Flowers and Vegetables From Seed
Plant after the last chance of frost. Stop by the nursery and pick up seed packets of your favorite flowers and vegetables. The seed varieties are much more plentiful than the sprouts found in flower or vegetable packs. Don’t forget California wildflower seeds such as poppies and lupine.
Fertilize Citrus and Avocado Trees
Feed avocado and citrus trees organic fertilizer high in nitrogen and calcium.
Prune roses to a five-part leaf where the stem is thicker than a pencil to promote new growth.
When planting citrus, keep the plant thoroughly watered at first and lightly fertilized. Once roots grow out, they will forage on their own and require less water and fertilizer.
Mulch Plants To Reduce Water Usage
With the cost of water on the rise, mulch can be a significant water saver. Depending on weather, mulch can add an extra one to two days between watering. Till any remaining older mulch into the soil and replace with new mulch around plants to keep roots cool and moist. Plants, shrubs and trees should have about 3″ of mulch around the base. Mulch also keeps weeds down. For Agromin mulch products, go here.
Include Your Kids
When starting your garden, plant vegetables your family likes to eat. Make your garden a learning opportunity for kids. Most kids enjoy the wonders of watching vegetables grow and then eating them in a tasty salad or vegetable dish. Consider planting corn, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, beans, peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes and watermelon–familiar vegetables to most kids.
If you don’t have backyard space for a garden, consider container gardening. Herbs, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and eggplant can all be grown in containers. Also, community gardens, located in most cities, enable residents to plant vegetables in designated plots. They are perfect for apartment and condo dwellers.