It’s still winter, so it may sound silly to already be thinking about the harvest season (seriously, almost a year away?!) but the most successful growers are also the most prepared, so let’s talk about that!
You may still be recuperating (cleaning up!) after last year’s harvest season, so you know that growing – whether in a garden in your yard, or a professional size crop – is a ton of work. That work is hard, but rewarding enough to do it all again this spring. But instead of waiting until the weather gets warmer, you can take these steps now to make sure you’re ready to start right away:
Plan this year’s grow: Plan out what you’re going to grow in what part of your garden before you even amend the soil! Know where the sun is the strongest at what time of day, and which areas would be best for shade-loving plants.
Start your seeds indoors: Growing from seed is always more cost-effective than buying a sprout at the nursery, especially when spring arrives and planting season starts. As early as March is generally a good time to start seeds indoors, so they’ll be strong enough to transplant by April, at least. The GeoPot Transplanter Pot with Velcro seams will make this transition easy on your plants.
Get your gardening equipment ready: You have standard equipment you love to use, whether a tiller, shovels, rakes, trimmers, or a lawn mower. They’re likely pushed to the side in a shed, or covered with a tarp in the yard. Make sure to pull them out, clean them off, oil the blades (if needed), and take any mechanical tools in to be serviced so there’s no issues when you go to start them up this spring.
Remove yard debris: This is an easy chore you can take on for a few minutes a couple of times a week this winter. The leaves are still falling, and storms will still cause branches and other plant matter to collect in your yard, but taking care of it a little bit at a time is far easier than facing a huge pile of detritus when spring arrives. This includes getting a head start of any weeds you find trying to take root – the earlier you catch them, the cleaner your yard will be!
Stock up: You know what fertilizers, amendments, soil, and other growing accessories you use each season, and you may even be out of some right now. This is where thinking ahead to harvest can really come in handy. If you grow any plants that you dry (for potpourri, herbs, spices, or dried fruit) you’ll want to take advantage of a bulk box of Left Coast Turkey Bags.
Left Coast Turkey Bags are one of those ubiquitous products that you always seem to need when finishing up your harvest, and when you discover you’ve run out, it can put a damper on the whole process! Left Coast Turkey Bags are available in the 18" x 24" size weighing 18.5 grams. These Turkey Bags are made of triple-layer nylon film with 5-mm seals, and both dimensions are long enough to be tied shut easily. The bulk box contains 1000 Turkey Bags, so you may even have plenty to share if your friend wasn’t as ready for the season as you are!
Have a hydroponic or garden supply store? Left Coast Wholesale has you covered with wholesale pricing available on Left Coast Turkey Bags. If you’re looking for Left Coast Turkey Bags near you, call 800.681.1757 today to find a local Left Coast Turkey Bags retailer!
Tribus Microbes Original™ is the product you can use that will get right to the ‘root’ of what you’re looking to improve in your grow. Tribus Microbes Original™ is a highly concentrated, targeted blend of three growth-promoting rhizobacteria that can be used with organic or conventional growing practices to increase crop quality and quantity.
For new gardeners, over- or under-watering are easy mistakes to make that can negatively affect the plants and cause them to wilt, reduce their yield, or even die. Luckily, irrigation has made it possible to remove this problem for a lot of growers, and systems like the Octo-Flow 8 Port Irrigation Manifold have made dialing in the right amount of water at the right time the easiest part of the season! With add-ons like the Octo-Flow Flexible PVC Tubing to help build out the system, your garden irrigation system can be completely built out with high-quality components.