If you have raised beds, there are a few tasks that will make your gardens more productive. Here’s how to get them recharged and ready for the new season:
- Pull any weeds that have overwintered.
- Use a hoe to loosen and fluff the soil because winter snow and rain can compact it.
- If the soil has settled, top it off with an inch or two of fresh compost and mix it into the existing soil.
- Replenish nutrients and re-energize the soil with the Raised Bed Booster Kit, which includes two 6-quart bags of Booster Mix (compost, Chilean nitrate, black rock phosphate and other organic nutrients) and a 1-pound shaker of organic All-Purpose Fertilizer (5-5-5). Treats 18 square feet (a 3 x 6-ft. bed) for one season.
Gardener’s tip: If you are not planting within a week, cover the bed with a layer of straw to protect the soil. This will, however, prevent the soil from warming up and drying out. So you’ll need to uncover the bed at least a week before planting warm-season crops.