It’s Time to Plant Spring Vegetables and Herbs
Now is the perfect time to get those vegetable and herb starts in the ground. We have a wide variety to choose from, stop by to pick up your favorites. We have Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Cucumbers and an extensive list of herbs: Basil, Borage, Chamomile, Chives, Dill, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Majoram, Mint: Chocolate, Orange, Peppermint, Spearmint, Oregano, Parsley (Italian and Curly), Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme.
Tomatoes are a vegetable garden favorite. There are so many varieties available, with the right choices you can ensure you’ll have fresh tomatoes for a long period, thru the Summer and into the Fall. From small, sweet cherry varieties, to heirloom and cultivars that make amazing pasta sauce!
Squash can be susceptible to powdery mildew on the leaves, so keep watered to prevent the plants from getting stressed, and plant well spaced. Blossom end rot, is also a common disease that prevents the vegetables from developing. Make sure to use a fertilizer with plenty of Calcium to avoid this, such as E.B. Stone’s Tomato and Vegetable Fertilizer.
How to Set Up your Veggie Beds
Spring is here and it’s time to set up your veggie beds. Follow these simple steps for a successful Veggie and Herb Garden:
- Pull out any annuals from last year and weed the beds, digging out the roots so they won’t come back.
- It’s important to add fresh organic material to your beds every year. We recommend E.B. Stone Soil Booster. This will help your soil hold onto moisture and nutrients, and pass them along to the seedlings.
- Test your irrigation, drip systems can easily develop leaks, luckily they’re easy to fix. If you don’t have irrigation for your veggies, consider installing one. Some veggies have small roots and need water often. A drip irrigation system will deliver the correct amount of water to the roots, cutting down on over-spray and water waste from watering by hand.
- It’s worth sketching out a rough plan of what you want to grow this year and when to plant it. For example, you can plant Cilantro, spinach and lettuce in the cooler months. Heading into Spring, is a good time for Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Summer Squash and Herb starts. Later in Summer you can add Pumpkins, Cauliflower and Broccoli, for Fall and Winter harvest.
- Lastly, make sure to space the seedlings out as directed, it’s tempting to try and cram in as many plants as possible, but you will get the best harvests, when every plant has the space it needs.
Tip: If you end up sowing lettuce seeds more thickly than other veggies, don’t worry, just thin them as they grow and enjoy many delicious micro green salads!