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.