Your yard is covered in snow and the temperatures outside have been brutally cold. Chances are gardening is the furthest thing from your mind.But while spring is still weeks away, it’s never too early to plan ahead.
Some veteran gardeners will be ready to go at the first sign of nice weather, but for new gardeners a little prep work may be needed.
As the website gardeningknowhow.com points out, the tools for organic gardening are the same as traditional gardening—rakes, hoes, trowels, soil forks, shovels, and maybe a tiller. If you already have those tools you are off to a great start!
The big difference in organic gardening are the products you use for fertilizer and pest and weed control.
Organic fertilizers and pesticides can be purchased at most gardening centers and are usually marked as such, but it doesn’t hurt to ask for assistance if you’re unsure.
Some organic garners prefer compost and can make their own.
Suggested compost materials include carbon-rich “brown” materials like fall leaves, straw, dead flowers from gardens and shredded newspaper. Also suggested are nitrogen-rich “green” materials such as grass clippings, plant- based kitchen waste, such as vegetable peelings and fruit.
Barnyard animal manure also makes good compost for your organic garden, but stay way from manure from carnivores, such as cats or dogs.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association has some great links to articles about composing, including this one https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/how-compost
With a little planning and research you should have no problem preparing your organic garden for the spring and if you need help, we’re always around.
Serving Southern Maine, New Hampshire, and Northern Massachusetts, Heidelberg Farms is one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program.
Have questions about organic lawncare or what to do with your leaves? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919. We are happy to offer advice free of charge.