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    Spotlight: Seasons Garden Center

    Prepping your garden for spring

    Great gardens begin with great preparation. Master Gardener Kelly Thompson and General Manager Dirk Dibert use and recommend three key organic products to ensure garden success – whether amending an established bed, planting flowers/vegetables, seeding , or planting a raised bed. 

    For in-ground planting, they recommend Master Nursery Bumper Crop.  It’s an organic soil builder comprised of powerhouse nutrients like shellfish compost, earthworm castings, peat and beneficial fungi.  Simply spread a 2-3 inch layer of Bumper Crop to a depth of six inches.  Water well before and after planting.

    When seeding a vegetable/flower garden, work Bumper Crop to a depth of six inches, making sure it’s well-blended. Sow seed evenly according to instructions on seed packet. Cover seed with another 1/8 inch of Bumper Crop

    To renovate a lawn, simply rake bare spots and loosen compacted soil.  Top dress with ¼ to ½ inches of Bumper Crop. Apply seed according to package instructions. Water gently. Keep area watered to ensure germination. A light application of Peat moss or straw on top is sufficient.

    For raised beds, both recommend Castine Blend Organic Raised Bed Mix by Coast of Maine – it’s blended with a mix of nutrients such as manure, kelp, and shellfish. When preparing site, find a level sunny spot and remove any weeds. Then, loosen soil to a depth of 8-12 inches. Fill raised bed with mix and rake area. Now, you’re ready to plant.

    Lastly, whether you amended an existing garden or started a bed,both suggest a top-dressing application of NutriPeat – it’s a 100% organic mulch. A 2-3 inch top dressing will inhibit weeds, retain moisture and protect plants during weather extremes. After the growing season, the mulch decomposes into a rich humus, building soil structure.

    Seasons Garden Center is located at 1069 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977.  Phone 215-493-4226.

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