July 9, 2010
Vegetable Gardening, It Starts With The Soil
The University of Florida Extension Soil Testing Laboratory can test your soil for a small fee. After testing the soil, the laboratory will send you a report including information on how to adjust your soil pH if needed. More information on the soil testing services can be found here:
After getting your soil ready for the fall, there should be enough time to enhance your soil even more. Here are some things that can help while you are waiting for September to plant.
Growing a crop to later work into the soil to improve it is called “green manuring” and these crops are called “green manures.” Planting and plowing in green-manure crops during the off-season is beneficial to the soil, adding nutrients and compost to it.
Clear your plot at the end of the growing season, (usually beginning of June for most vegetable crops in our area) or if you’re just starting out to prepare your garden soil. Black-eyed peas are a good green manure for our area. You can plant black-eyed peas in rows about 18 inches apart. Let them grow up to about a foot or two. Before they go to seed cut them down and till them in. They will decompose in the soil for 6 weeks or more. Black-eyed peas (and other legumes) add nitrogen to the soil.
Other classes that will help you with Vegetable Gardening.
July 17, 2010 9:00 am “It Starts With Soil”
August 7, 2010 9:00 am “ From Your Garden to Your Kitchen”