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Garden Preparation Tips

By Heather McDermott, Director of the CRMS Garden Program 04/13/2018

The success of your garden this summer depends a lot on how you plan, prepare and prime your garden soil! Here are some tips to get you going:

• Now is the time to check your soil. You can send in your sample to get tested at our local extension office at CSU. It is easy and affordable! The soil test analysis will give you an idea of what you may need to amend your soil to do things such as balancing the PH or adding nutrients that may be deficient.

• Condition your soil with organic matter. If you’ve been composting your kitchen scraps all year, now is the opportune time to spread it out on your garden beds. Other sources of organic matter would be manure (composted is best), sawdust, leaf compost, peat moss or simply bagged organic compost from your local garden center. We like the EKO Compost brand which is widely available.

• Once you have added your materials to condition your soil, they need to be turned in to the soil. You can do this by using a rototiller or by hand with pitchfork and shovel. One common mistake that gardeners make is to have too thin a layer to plant. Roots need loose, friable soil to grow. A depth of at least 8 inches of soft, not clumpy soil is best. Another strategy is to build raised beds, which is what we do in the CRMS garden.

• If you haven’t already purchased your seeds, it’s time to do so. At the CRMS garden, we strive to purchase all organic, non-GMO seeds. Some of our favorite suppliers are www.victoryseeds.com, www.highmowingseeds.com, and www.johnnysseeds.com. Don’t forget the seed potatoes, onion sets, asparagus crowns, and berries! We will have all of those in large quantities at our school’s annual plant sale.

• For some vegetables, it makes more sense to purchase the seeds and direct seed into your garden beds such as beans, carrots, beets. But, because of our short summers in Colorado, I highly recommend planting established organic bedding plants for crops that require a while to mature and begin fruiting such as tomatoes, peppers, winter squash, and cucumbers.

• Whether you are starting your seeds or purchasing plants, be sure to choose varieties that are well-suited to your growing region. At the CRMS plant sale on May 19th and 20th, we take that guesswork out of the way for you. All of the plants we grow are chosen because they have been successful in our gardens or they are proven winners for our sometimes challenging weather conditions.

Find us on Instagram @crms_gardens and ask us your garden preparation questions! 

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Home Blog Garden Preparation Tips

Garden Preparation Tips

By Heather McDermott, Director of the CRMS Garden Program 04/13/2018

The success of your garden this summer depends a lot on how you plan, prepare and prime your garden soil! Here are some tips to get you going:

• Now is the time to check your soil. You can send in your sample to get tested at our local extension office at CSU. It is easy and affordable! The soil test analysis will give you an idea of what you may need to amend your soil to do things such as balancing the PH or adding nutrients that may be deficient.

• Condition your soil with organic matter. If you’ve been composting your kitchen scraps all year, now is the opportune time to spread it out on your garden beds. Other sources of organic matter would be manure (composted is best), sawdust, leaf compost, peat moss or simply bagged organic compost from your local garden center. We like the EKO Compost brand which is widely available.

• Once you have added your materials to condition your soil, they need to be turned in to the soil. You can do this by using a rototiller or by hand with pitchfork and shovel. One common mistake that gardeners make is to have too thin a layer to plant. Roots need loose, friable soil to grow. A depth of at least 8 inches of soft, not clumpy soil is best. Another strategy is to build raised beds, which is what we do in the CRMS garden.

• If you haven’t already purchased your seeds, it’s time to do so. At the CRMS garden, we strive to purchase all organic, non-GMO seeds. Some of our favorite suppliers are www.victoryseeds.com, www.highmowingseeds.com, and www.johnnysseeds.com. Don’t forget the seed potatoes, onion sets, asparagus crowns, and berries! We will have all of those in large quantities at our school’s annual plant sale.

• For some vegetables, it makes more sense to purchase the seeds and direct seed into your garden beds such as beans, carrots, beets. But, because of our short summers in Colorado, I highly recommend planting established organic bedding plants for crops that require a while to mature and begin fruiting such as tomatoes, peppers, winter squash, and cucumbers.

• Whether you are starting your seeds or purchasing plants, be sure to choose varieties that are well-suited to your growing region. At the CRMS plant sale on May 19th and 20th, we take that guesswork out of the way for you. All of the plants we grow are chosen because they have been successful in our gardens or they are proven winners for our sometimes challenging weather conditions.

Find us on Instagram @crms_gardens and ask us your garden preparation questions! 

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