A few hints to get you going this season:

  • Start small. You can grow a lot of food in a 4 x 8 bed.
  • Choose a full sun site – minimum 6-8 hours direct sun.
  • Site near a water spigot for convenience.
  • Avoid siting your garden in a frost pocket.
  • Locate your garden where you will pass it every day (between your car and your house) for timely harvest and easy upkeep.
  • Good air movement helps prevent disease. Don’t crowd your plants.
  • Plant what your family likes to eat.
  • Plant seeds when you are growing a large crop of one thing, or when that vegetable prefers to be sown directly into the garden.
  • Planting veggie transplants gives you a serious jump-start on the season.
  • Mulch after planting to prevent weeds.
  • Add compost every year.
  • Harvest on a regular basis. 
  • Plan your dinner menu around your garden harvest.
  • Grow organically – it’s safer for kids, people, pets, and the planet.

How can I be more sustainable?

  • Set up a compost bin in your yard.
  • Compost your vegetable scraps.
  • Compost healthy garden residues.
  • Plant cover crops to build better garden soil.
  • Think “whole yard” sustainability.
  • Use pesticides only when necessary and start with the “softest pesticide” possible – greener living is better for your family, pollinators, and the planet.
  • Add pollinator habitat for a more productive garden that nurtures nature.

Ruth’s Favorite Organic Fertilizers:

Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fish/Seaweed Blend Fertilizer 2-3-1 OMRI

Symphony 5-4-3 OMRI

Joy’s Favorite Organic Fertilizers:

Bio-tone 4-3-3

Down To Earth Vegan Mix 3-2-2 OMRI

Many other high-quality fertilizer choices are available in our Garden Shop.