Ahhhhh! Tired of feeling confused by the endless information on the interwebs? The overwhelm is real. I felt the same way until I linked arms with my horticultural mentor and things starting making sense. He had local knowledge on growing all things edible in the Louisville, Ky area... Zone 6b.
So sit back, look no further, and take me into your garden this season. Hi! I'm Marlena Wolf - mom, entrepreneur, and edible gardening coach. My mission is to inspire, educate, and empower you to garden with success and retention in our area! (Click here for online course info + free app for viewing).
Let's get down to it. The birds are chirping, the days are warming up, and things are turning green. So what now? There are a few moving parts to focus on.
One - Garden area prep. Locate the space with the maximum amount of sunlight and water accessibility. Measure it - keep it manageable...
*After* your seeds germinate be sure they stay moist, and *either* get 8 hours of *direct* sun OR 18 hrs of artificial light so they don’t get LEGGY!! Getting leggy or spindly means they are growing too quickly while searching for light. When this occurs, the stem becomes too weak to support the foliage and it falls over. The goal is to grow sturdy & strong seedlings, not thin and lanky.
Ps- they also gain strength with air flow from a gentle fan!
What has your experience been?
Black gold, soil, compost...whaaaat?
What is Composting all about?
In a nut shell, it's a process that breaks down natural materials at an accelerated rate that brings gold to the garden! While compost isn't a fertilizer, it greatly reduces the need for one by improving soil fertility & structure. It adds organic material to your garden, and inoculates the soil with microbial life! I'm short-changing the benefit list. For a more in-depth compost experience see our Winter Workshop Bundle!
So how does it work? Composting uses a combination of microbes, water, air (oxygen), carbon (dead/brown materials), and nitrogen (living/green materials.) When managed properly, the original ingredients will become unrecognizable upon completion.
What are carbon examples? Sticks, straw, saw dust, dried leaves, pine needles.
What are nitrogen examples? Raw veggies scrapes, yard litter, grass clippings, flowers. ...
Who else loves garlic? It's easy to grow. It stores well. It's a natural rodent & pest repellent. It has natural antibiotic & antifungal properties. And it's amazingly versatile in its culinary uses! Think whole roasted bulbs spread on fresh bread. Not to mention garlic scape pesto!
Garlic planting in Kentucky runs from October to mid November. It is a 9 month grower with several steps to consider for a successful experience. Let's get started!
Step One: Soil Preparation. Garlic likes loose soil with good drainage. If the bulb sits in wet conditions too long it can lead to root rot. Grow them in a raised bed or directly in the ground. Be sure to amend your soil with a plant or animal derived fertilizer rather than a synthetic. This will feed the microbial life in the soil increasing nutrient availability to YOU! Measure your square footage to determine the proper...