Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ready, Set, Grow!

After a particularly long winter, a spring rain today promises warmer temperatures just in time for our spring gardens. Winter has allowed our gardens to rest. Straw spread out over planting rows are ready for tilling. The use of organic matter is important to the garden. It supplies natural food to support microbial life, creates air spaces for healthy roots, and provides space for water.

Straw in Billy Foard's Garden

Get a soil test done now; our garden shop can process one in a few minutes for pH for no cost to the home gardener. If lime should be added, do so right away. Add fertilizer as needed, till, then get ready to plant.

John James tests soil for pH levels
 Valley View Farms has grown vegetable transplants for gardeners for over 30 years.
Seedlings growing in our farm greenhouses

 This year's cole crops and other cool weather plants are already at the store. Asparagus, horseradish and rhubarb roots are available as well.

Tomatoes and peppers, and other warm weather vegetable transplants will soon follow. By mid-April, we'll have most of  our vegetable transplants available for area gardens.
Hanging baskets and container gardens grown at our farm greenhouses

Of course, our farm greenhouses grow beautiful flowers, including the area's best selection of hanging baskets. Our head grower, John Miller, starts growing in late January to have healthy flower and vegetable plants available from March to the end of the year.

John Miller, our head grower

We're ready! Are you? Ready, set, grow!

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