Vegetable Garden planting

We received this enquiry from one of our Facebook friends

“Hi. We just put some of your Fiber Earth Garden Mix Plus in our raised vege garden. The garden shop advised us not to plant anything for a couple of weeks as it will be too hot while the Fiber Earth breaks down. Do you have any advice for a successful vege garden?  Cheers Jo

And our resident expert Gardening Pete, replied

“That is good advice from the garden shop. Fiber Earth Garden Mix Plus takes 14 days to mature when removed from the bag and becomes very hot during this process so may damage young plants. But the wait is worth it.

A few vegetable garden tips for this time of year.

What to grow?

Think of a summer salad and that’s what you can grow. Lettuce, tomato, pepper, beetroot, spring onion, cucumber, carrot, radish, rocket, beans, snap peas. Also great at this time of year are courgette, sweet corn, peas and herbs such as parsley, basil, chives and coriander.

Tips:

When planting sweet corn plant in a block of 2 – 3 shorter rows rather than one straight line as sweet corn is wind pollinated so the block allows pollen to be blown from one row to the next.

Root crops such as carrot, radish, and spring onion do not like being transplanted so are best grown from seed – and you’ll also get many more plants for less cost than buying plants. They will need “thinning out” – removing some plants to give the remaining plants space to grow – once they germinate.

If you are growing herbs and can’t keep up with using the product trim the herbs on a regular basis to keep new soft growth coming on. If you don’t they are likely to go to seed.

Don’t forget that at this time of year slugs and snails are active so use slug bait to keep these under control.

Birds love fresh home grown tomatoes as much as you do so as they start to ripen be sure to protect fruit with netting.

watering the gardenAnd obviously water is essential at this time of year. Watering should be done early in the morning or in the cool of the evening as this avoids possible burning of foliage in the heat of the day and also stops the water evaporating before it can penetrate the soil.

Watering may be needed daily, especially if it is hot and windy.

 

Hope this helps, and if there’s any specific questions please feel free to ask.

Thanks
Gardening Pete

If you have a query for Gardening Pete, email him on gardeningpete@fiberearth.co.nz

 

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