We’re cherishing these longer days and ideal weather for growing nourishing food. It inspires us to share five quick pointers to start or spruce up your plots.

 

  1. Just get out there and start…
    So often the hardest part is getting started. Growing can be intimidating and you might feel like you don’t know enough or don’t have the right tools to get going, but the best way to learn is with your hands in the dirt.
  2. Compost…
    Healthy soil is the first and most important step in growing a successful crop. Compost is the best way to get the nutrients and beneficial microorganisms into your soil.
  3. Weed before you think you need to…
    The best time to weed is at the “white root stage” in the weed’s life, which is about one week after it germinates. When does that occur? Routinely weed 1-2 weeks after planting your crop. Just know what your seeds look like when they sprout so you don’t weed them out!
  4. Don’t let pests get the better of you…
    Prevent pests and establish beneficial microorganisms in your soils and on your crops by spraying Efficient Microorganisms (EM). Or, when pests do hit, there are many organic solutions to pest control. Two common issues on the SoCal coast are aphids and powdery mildew, both of which can be treated with organic JMS oil.
  5. Harvest to maintain your crop…
    Every crop is harvested differently, but the way that you harvest can drastically increase your yields. When harvesting chard and kale, for example, it’s important to leave at least ¼ of the plant’s leaves for photosynthesis. Research each crop so you can be confident that you’re harvesting according to the crop’s needs.
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