Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden
Leif and I finished planting our vegetable garden last weekend.  Since we spend 7 days a week here at the nursery, we have the garden here where we can tend to it. A number of years ago we decided to cover our vegetable garden with weed barrier fabirc and grow our vegetables in the small slits and holes that we cut in the cloth.  We weren’t sure if this would  work out but it has been a wonderful  way to grow a vegetable garden since we have  far fewer weeds to deal with and less blight problems.  We hand dig wherever we have the opening sin the fabric – work in some fertilizer and plant our seeds and vegetable liners, etc.
One of the best “perks” of our work here at the nursery is what we learn from our customers.  A few years ago, a college friend of Leif’s stopped in and in chit  chatting – we learned that he placed a banana peel under the tomato plants before he planted them.  The potassium from the banana peel gives a boost to the tomato plant.  That summer we planted our tomato plants (except for two) with banana peels.   The banana peel tomatoes surpassed in growth by leaps and bounds compared to the two with no peel, and the size of the fruit was amazing!  Needless to say, we save our banana peels starting in early May and put them to good use!
Abnormally rainy spring weather has caused quite a few fvolks to delay planting gardens and flower beds this year.  We do have good supplies of most varieties of vegetable 4-paks and single paks as well as all kinds of annual flowers.  Warmer weather  that is coming next week will really activate any vegetable or flower liners planted this week so despite the delays you should be ablve to have great eating and nice flowers this season.

8 thoughts on “Vegetable Garden”

  1. I’m dPing the same thing with my garden,for the second year in a row, and it’s a good thing! I m in a quandary though…. How would I go about growing carrots and beets this way? In slits?

  2. Is there any issue with water not evaporating, And causing the soil to be too heavy for the roots?

  3. We haven’t experienced any issues with trapped moisture. Probably because the fabric is dark like the soil itself, it warms the same way exposed soil might and it’s a woven material so it does’t prevent water an air from going in or out.

  4. I just came across this blog post. I am looking in to using landscape fabric to help cut down the weeds as well. I was curious how your low heat tolerant plants hold up on heat of the black fabric… Do you plant any rows of leaf lettuce in the fabric?

  5. We use a heavy grade commercial fabric. When you cut holes – you need to fold it back to make an edge – somewhat like hemming a skirt. Then secure with a sod staple.

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