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How to Elevate your Garden Vibe

Have you ever felt overwhelmed tending to a messy veggie garden?  It can easily become crowded, weedy, & sprawling!  So how do we grow an abundant AND approachable edible garden?
 
Get my quick tips on how to elevate and simplify your garden this spring!
 
1) Pick the sunniest (and flattest lol) spot
2) Remove sod and level the area with spades and shovels
3) Lay a weed barrier & gravel
4) Install edging to keep the weeds out (& for aesthetics)
5) Install raised beds (Eastern Red Cedar beds are rot-resistant)
6) Fill beds with a healthy, soil blend (1/3 topsoil, 1/3 sand, 1/3 compost)
7) Plant smart (interplant for maximum coverage and aesthetics)
8) Trellis climbers & tomatoes for support (ex: cucumbers, pole beans, snow peas)
9) Add accent flowers and planters for texture and beauty
 
Who is ready for this!?  Reach out for a garden consultation today!!
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Spring Garden To-Do's in the Louisville, Ky area

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...

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Seed starting Indoors

gardening growing tips Feb 20, 2021

*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?‍

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A is for Aspargus

A is for Asparagus. That's right. We are going through the alphabet folks!
 
A member of the Liliaceae family, asparagus is one of the very few vegetable perennials that exists! Fun fact. You can plant one time, and harvest spring spears for 20-30 years. Rare indeed.
 
Although, it only has a 4-6 week harvest window, asparagus is nice because it grows early in the spring when other vegetables aren't quite ready - making it very marketable, if you are growing for profits.
 
I like to plant mine along a perimeter because after spring, it "ferns out" to be 6ft tall and bushy!
 
Growing info: you can grow from seed or from the crown. I prefer the crown because they come from a 1 year old plant and produce faster than from seed. I ordered mine from Johnny's Seeds online and planted 300 ft in 2011!
When crowns arrive follow planting instructions. They like room to spread out, so its recommended to create a trench for the established root system prior to...
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Composting 101 - Building Black Gold Soils

composting growing tips Nov 13, 2020

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. ...

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Garlic Guidance

growing tips Nov 08, 2020

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...

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Winter Strawberry Care

growing tips Nov 08, 2020
If you and your kids love strawberries as much as mine do, now is the time in Kentucky to prepare your strawberry plants for the winter ahead.
 
It's best to wait until you've had 3 frosts, or one freeze before renovations begin.  Renovation just means you are maintaining your strawberry beds and plants to maximize productivity year after year.
 
For June Bearing Strawberries -
 
For FIRST YEAR plants you'll want to cover them with straw in late fall - usually late November to mid December. Cover them fully to provide protection from extreme cold. This will act as insulation to help moderate the plants temperature.
 
For established strawberry plants, you would have mowed or clipped the plants back in summer after they quit producing berries, careful not to damage the crowns.  Then cover them with straw mulch in the fall as well.
 
For Everbearing or Day Neutral Strawberries -
These are typically classified as annuals and don't need...
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