After the success of last year, our local organic farmer Jon has brought us more Organic Starter Plants! It doesn’t get more local than your own backyard, so this year try growing some organic produce of your own. Jon has started from certified organic, non-gmo seed a variety of lettuce, leafy greens, and broccoli for our home gardens. For some tips on planting and care, check out our post from last spring.
Whether you have acres of land or just a patio, you can grow your own veggies! These starter plants and organic seeds we also carry can be directly sown into a tilled garden bed or planted in containers. If your limited on space, container gardening is a great option. Many varieties of veggies do well in containers. The potting soil used in container gardening is nice, loose soil which allows plants to easily take root. Be careful to water regularly, the loose soil will not hold moisture as long as garden soil.
Container gardening lends itself to recycling and reusing as well because almost anything can be used as a container. Old 3 or 5 gallon buckets, baskets, coffee cans, you name it! For any container you choose, either drill holes toward the bottom of the container or fill bottom with 1-2 inches of rocks. Either choice will allow water to drain and not drown the plant.
Gardening is a fun and rewarding hobby that is not just for the experts. We all can participate in the growing, and then eating, of nutritious organic produce. And thanks to experts like Jon, who make it easier for us to access such delicious foods, both from the backyard and the produce department.
Written by CB