After such a wet winter here in the SFV…Spring is going to be amazing! Some of you have a green thumb and are most likely already out in that soil planting your garden away, but…I thought I would help those of us that have a harder time getting our gardens to bloom. After some research, I have pulled together a few simple steps to get your garden off to a good start! Good Luck and Happy Spring!
- Location, location, location! Edible fruits and veggies such as eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, melons, squash, etc., require at least 6 hours of sun everyday, so choose a spot that gets plenty of sunshine!
- Once the perfect location has been chosen, you must now add the nutrients that regular soil usually lacks. In order to grow food or flowers, add a few inches of peat moss, compost, or well-aged manure.
- So, of course we all know that water is the key ingredient to a thriving garden; however, lets get a little clever about this. If you are as busy as me, it’s hard to keep track of hours, let alone days! Consider installing an easy irrigation system that will help through these hot Valley days. There are many drip systems available depending on the size and requirement of your garden.
- Before you choose and plant your seeds, please do your research on the types of fruits, veggies, or flowers you wish to grow! Some only thrive in the cooler months, and you don’t want to be disappointed if you garden isn’t at it’s best…so talk to your local greenhouse or ask our good friend Google about the best seeds for this time (or any time) of year.
- Good food for the plants = good food (or pretty flowers) for us! Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is best for a thriving garden. Choose a good NPK fertilizer and following the directions on plant feedings.
- Document your hard work! Record what you planted, when you planted it, and where you planted it so you can refer to it next year. Now that you are going to be a master garden grower…you are going to want to get better each year! Trust me…this will become a small obsession.
- Where there’s a garden, there are pests! I don’t suggest pesticides and instead look up natural insect repellents for the type of crop you will be growing. There are plenty of tricks out there that do not require chemicals.
- Enjoy! Don’t ever forget to stop and smell the roses! Even though this is a small job, take a few moments each time you nourish your garden to absorb its beauty and feel that sense of pride that you created it!
If you’d like more information on the San Fernando Valley or Los Angeles, or to have help looking for your next home, please feel free to reach out! I’m happy to help, no obligation.