If the current state of the supply chain has you concerned, you’re not alone. There are many who speculate that the shortages that were seen earlier in the year were a combination of panic buying and switching from commercial production to home kitchen usage. The best way to ensure that you’ll have what you need this fall is to make sure that your garden is producing as well as possible this year. Here’s a quick look at how to make that happen.
How to Maximize Your Garden Production This Year
No matter how much fertilizer you add to your soil, it won’t make any difference if your soil can’t hold on to those nutrients. Soil amendments help in this situation, providing the best possible environment for your soil to have the right moisture balance and ability to hold nutrients. One of the best ways to generally add these abilities to your soil is by adding compost, which provides microbial life a habitat while improving drainage and the ability to hold moisture, and the cation exchange capacity of compost to hold nutrients is second to none.
In addition to soil amendments like compost, there are a wide range of fertilizers that provide specific nutrition to your plants. Hydrolyzed fish fertilizer provides a balanced mix of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, while seaweed fertilizer delivers extra potassium for your plants. It’s tempting to add lots of extra nitrogen, but this nutrient makes the tops strong while limiting root growth, weakening your plants.
Whether it’s slugs and snails, grasshoppers, fungus or disease, controlling pests in your garden helps keep it producing. The best pest control is making sure your plants are healthy and have all the nutrients they need, but if you’re having issues with pests, you’ve got a wide range of natural options to consider. Diatomaceous earth does a wonderful job with almost all insects. Neem oil is a wonderful insecticide and fungicide for downy or powdery mildew. Other plant diseases may be caused by nutritional deficiencies, such as blossom-end rot being a sign of calcium deficiency.
Of course, one way you can get more out of your garden this year is by extending the season. There are a wide range of plants that do well even in sub-freezing temperatures, such as spinach, radishes, beets and the cabbage . Pot up a promising tomato plant before the first frost of fall. Need more light? Consider supplemental lights to keep things going through the winter.
By maximizing your garden’s production through soil amendments, natural fertilizers and similar approaches, you can ensure that you’re not only getting a lot of produce, but that it’s high-quality produce that you’ll feel good about feeding to your family. If you need help finding the right solutions to keep your garden producing, the experienced professionals at Redbud Soil Company are ready to help. Please feel free to reach out today to get started.