The days are getting longer and it is time to start thinking about our gardens.
Strong soil culture is the best way to boost our plants without chemicals. Gardening without chemicals protects our drinking water. It also protects the good soil bacteria and fungi that naturally fend off plant diseases. So this spring:
1. Test your soil, particularly if areas of your lawn or garden are problematic.
2. Replace only the nutrients that are missing with certified organic soil amendments or compost once the soil temperature warms up to 65 degrees. Adjust the pH for the needs of specific plants.
3. For areas of lawn, overseed with grass seed in the spring to outcompete weeds.
4. Consider adding some clover or alfalfa to your lawn. Both are legumes and fix nitrogen from the air and make it available to your grass.