It is that time of year again when organic gardening time is upon us. Sacramento is experiencing mild Spring like temperatures, which makes this the best time to get your garden plan underway. Here are five chores that you should do this weekend as you prepare your organic garden for Spring and Summer Crops.
Step 1: Choose your seeds.
As you are planning your Sacramento organic garden, choose organic seeds. Be sure the seeds you order are from a certified organic seed company and not one that uses GMO or genetically modified seeds. Seed packs should clearly state Non-GMO. Your choice of seeds is going to depend on your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone.
Step 2: Prepare your soil.
The recent rains and all of this beautiful sunshine are making right now a great time to prepare your soil. Start by tilling the soil, or using a shovel to break up the earth. If you your soil is really clumpy, then add the right amendments, such as organic compost. If your soil is really wet and moist, consider adding in clean sand. The perfect soil will depend on what kind of plants you want to grow in your garden.
Step 3: Care for your tools.
Before you begin organic gardening, make sure your tools are up to the task at hand. Tune up that rototiller, if you have one. Make sure to sharpen shovels, pruners and hoes. Check all of the handles on your garden tools for a tight fit and wood that is free of splinters. Making sure that all of your tools are up to par will make your organic garden chores a lot easier.
Step 4: Make a garden calendar.
Plan out your organic garden, by determining when you will need to weed, water, and harvest different vegetables. Knowing when the harvest dates are for what you plant will allow you to better plan successive crops. For example, if you know that your garlic is going to be harvested by mid July, in May you can start new plants that will be planted where the garlic had been. This will save you 4-6 weeks of growing time because the two crops overlapped.
Step 5: Enjoy your garden.
The enjoyment of an organic garden is one the best parts of organic gardening! Get outside, shake Winter off by enjoying the sun. Cleaning up and preparing your garden is a good way to help start up that Summer minded metabolism too. Choosing seeds, and planning your crops can also be an important part of sticking to those New Year's resolutions to be healthier and fit. For new gardeners, think about joining a community garden. There are many gardeners there that will help you learn the tricks of the trade.