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Vegetable Gardening Hints, Spring 2018
April 28, 2018
Is spring here yet??
This is my first ezine for 2018. Spring was so slow in coming to the west coast of Canada I kept putting is off since I have not really got out into my garden, then all of a sudden it feels like summer! If I believe the weather reports it’s been a long winter for most of North America.
I am growing in a community garden plot in the middle of the city again this year. I started planting my plot this week with lettuce, spinach, salad greens, arugula, and snap peas. April 21 was one of the best days to plant above ground producing vegetables so that is the day I chose. The day after planting we had a lovely rainfall, which the seeds love. The first green sprouts started popping through on April 25.
I have always planted by the moon cycles, even when I was growing commercially on 2 acres of land. I believe planting using this method gives me the healthiest plants, a plentiful harvest and Mother Nature supports with the perfect weather conditions after seeding.
Many years ago I did a test to see if there was any real benefit to planting with the moon. I planted two 50 foot rows of broccoli transplants, one row on a best date based on the moon and the other row not on a good day. Within a week we could see the difference in how the transplants had grown When we harvested the broccoli the row planted with the best date based on the moon cycles produce double what the other row did. This validated that this method worked.
New ebook with specific dates for planting2018 Vegetable Garden Journal
I have written a new ebook giving you the best days each month to plant using the moon cycles. The dates are separated into two different groupings.
- Best dates for the above ground vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peas, beans that produce seeds or fruit above ground.
- Best dates for the below ground vegetables such as carrots, potatoes that produce the tuber below ground.
My community garden update:I had covered my garden plot last fall with leaves, this spring most of them had decomposed leaving a nice dark rich looking soil for me to use. I fertilized and then hoed and rakes it in about 6 inches down.
My first harvest for the season was a bunch of chives that were planted last year.
Online coaching available.Do you have questions about certain aspects of your garden, or need some direction on how to get your garden started? Let's have a face to face conversation via Skype? I offer online coaching sessions.
Catherine recommends her book:
Why is Soil so Important is a great new book giving simple and easy instructions on making and keeping your garden soil healthy.
Other vegetable gardening books written by Catherine Abbott, Your Vegetable Gardening Helper.
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