Highlights from the February Newsletter

Spring is On the Way!

We are getting excited for spring weather! Do you know what you want to plant in your garden this year? Now is the perfect time to make plans for your future planting if the weather in your area is still chilly. If you aren’t sure, consider trying something new this year! We’ve got all kinds of new seeds on the site, so come take a look and get inspired to start your garden!

Preparing Garden Soil

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your garden succeeds is to prepare the soil correctly. In fact, one of the biggest issues with getting seeds to sprout and plants to thrive is poor soil quality. Although planting may be a little while away for many of us, getting your garden ready for seeds and transplants is a task that you can begin now.

If the soil in your garden area is still pretty wet or frozen from winter conditions, you will need to wait a bit longer to start working with it. If the soil is fairly dried out, you can get going right now on garden preparations.

First, remove any weeds or debris from the garden area so you have a clean space to work with. You can begin tilling the soil to loosen it, and add any needed soil amendments and organic matter to the native soil to give it a boost. Organic compost is the best option, but you can also find many good soil amendments commercially available. These add nutrients and promote good drainage. By improving the soil this way, you will help your plants become stronger and better established. Remember that the soil should be loosened at least 6 inches deep to allow plant roots to develop properly.

Rake the soil to break up any masses or clods and to give the garden an even appearance. Now your garden is ready for seeds or transplants once the weather is better!

Recipe

Honey Glazed Carrots

2 C. carrots, peeled and cut into small sections (baby carrots also work well)
2 T. honey
1 T. brown sugar
1/2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
dash of ginger

Steam the carrots. In a saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar, butter, lemon juice, and ginger and cook on medium heat until it starts to bubble. Turn off heat. Add carrots and mix well to coat.


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