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Bootstrap Grows: 8 Tips for a Healthy Garden

By Emma Brown
Creative Marketing at Bootstrap Compost, Inc.

With the weather heating up and your seedlings firmly planted in your garden beds, we’re ready to share some tips on how to keep your garden healthy. If you haven’t started growing yet, don’t worry, we’ve got your back with “7 Tips to Sprout your Garden“.  We’ll continue to share more as the season continues, but for now, here are 8 tips to keep your garden happy and healthy. 

1.) Don’t overcrowd your herbs: cilantro, chives, dill, and parsley each need 1 square foot between plants; basil, thyme, and tarragon each need 2 square feet; rosemary, sage, mint, and oregano each need 3-4 square feet.

2.) Fruits and veggies also need plenty of space, but you can save space by growing vertically, either on a wall or in a container.

3.) Young plants need a lot of attention! Water them frequently, and don’t forget to trim any dead or yellowing leaves.

4.) You don’t need chemical pesticides to ward off predators. You can steep onion, garlic, and hot pepper in hot water for several days to make a natural spray.

kale bucket

Back at the Boot, we’re growing. More info and pricing on our self-contained bucket gardens coming soon.

5.) Similarly, a solution of water and powdered kelp will keep Japanese beetles and aphids at bay.

6.) One last spray: a spoonful of canola oil + a few drops of soap in water will kill mites and aphids. But don’t use it in hot, sunny, weather, as the soap will cause leaves to burn.

7.) Not all bugs are foes: ladybugs will eat harmful insects. You can attract them by planting herbs like dill, fennel, and cilantro, or flowers like dandelions and geraniums.

8.) Got rabbits? Plant marigolds or garlic around your plants, and eliminate tall weeds and other hiding spots to keep the bunnies out.

Bootstrap Grows: 7 Tips to Sprout your Garden

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.


Baby Buttercrunch Lettuce, born and raised at Bootstrap HQ

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!