Every month, we will try to provide you with information on preparing and tending your garden. Surprisingly, gardening is a year-round project. No worries. You don't have to be outside in the 20 degree weather, but seed catalogs start coming in Jan. For many of us, that's like browsing the old Sears and Roebuck Christmas catalog. That's our time to get excited about the upcoming Spring!!! May we suggest a few outstanding catalogs for heirloom and organic seeds.
http://www.seedsforthee.com/ $1.00 heirloom seeds/shipping $1.50 anywhere.
For Spring planting, check the selection at Feed, Seed & More on Huntsville Rd.
SPRINGDALE COMMUNITY GARDEN
So, you've shopped the catalogs. If you're like us, you see your garden with beautiful varieties of heirloom tomatoes, peppers of every color, and exotic squash and pumpkin plants. BUT before you get there, it takes some preparation. A great garden starts with healthy soil. Where do you begin...a soil test. The U of A Extension Office offers free soil testing to all Arkansas residents. Test early so that you have time amend your soil. For details on preparing your soil sample, http://www.uaex.edu/environment-nature/soil/soil-test.aspx.
Soil testing - check. Now what? Get out your sketch pad and make a plan. You're not an artist or graphic designer? Neither am I, but a simple drawing to lay-out the garden will make your garden more successful. Companion plants can make a big difference in pest control and soil maintenance. Make it as simple or complex as you want, but think about the position of your plants. Tomatoes love basil. Cucumbers love radishes. Tomatoes don't like potatoes or corn. Check out these links for companion/combative plants:
For help with designing your garden, try this tool:
Have questions? The U of A Extension Office offers free information through the "Ask the Master" program. Call 479-444-1755.