It's almost planting time!

Spring is here! It's going to be warm this weekend and many of us are getting ready for planting. We have spent many years growing produce but continue to be educated in Mother Nature's school of hard knocks.

Here's my 3 tips that will help you grow your own yummy goodness this season.

1. Test your soil!

Although this may not sound exciting, it is super important! Healthy soils cultivate healthy plants. Testing the pH and nutrient levels of your soil will get you started on the right foot and prevent frustrating garden fails. By testing your soil, you will know what minerals/soil amendments are needed: NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium) so you don't spend money on something you don't need to supplement.

2. Water, water, water!

Good garden location with near water access will make watering more likely. Who wants to drag a hose or a heavy bucket further than they have to? Better yet, if you can automate watering with a timer, it's one less thing on your daily to do list.

3. Plant what you will eat!

When we first started growing, we grew just about everything! It did let us experiment with what would do well in our soil but we also ended up with things we didn't really enjoy eating all the time. So if you are going to invest the time growing, have it be things that you will enjoy eating. You may find that you have a REALLY green thumb and may end up with quite a bounty.

Happy Planting!

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