Now that you’ve received your share of black gold, we’re eager to share some tried-and-true gardening tips. As the growing season continues to germinate, the Boot will periodically share bits of advice on growing and managing your crops. So without further ado, here are 7 tips to get your home garden sprouting this spring!
1.) Growing from seeds? Before filling your containers that will house the seeds, moisten the planting mix. You can mix in a bit of our compost too!
2.) Seedlings need a lot of light. If you’re growing in a window, choose a south-facing exposure.
3.) If you’re growing under lights, adjust the lights so they’re just a few inches above the tops of the seedlings. Set the lights on a timer for 15 hours a day.
4.) If you’re ready to transplant your seedlings into your garden, use newspaper covered with straw between garden rows to eliminate weeds and retain moisture.
5.) Make sure to position your garden so plants are exposed to at least six hours of sunlight per day. Six hours of sunlight are necessary for vegetables to produce fruit.
6.) Lettuces & herbs, however, will be satisfied with only 3-4 hours of sunlight a day.
7.) And beware! If you’re growing peppers, soil should be at least 65 degrees. Peppers will not survive transplanting at lower temperatures. So either grow those jalapenos indoors or wait until the summer heat!