Grady and I are so excited about our garden this year. We did a lot of reading during the winter and a bit of prep work early in the season and it has been a lot easier to keep everything in order.
Our first secret was tilling up the plot areas back in March before new weeds started emerging. Then we covered it with mulch to help keep the weeds from coming in in-abundance. That was a good idea, but we used straw and ended up with sprouts from the straw coming in heavily, next time we will try to put down a compost mulch instead.
Before we planted we pulled off the straw and then after the starts emerged we put down composted brooder bedding from last year. It has helped so much in keeping the weeds down and water in the soil!
We also decided to plant indeterminate tomatoes this year, so Grady built me these wonderful trellises! We also bought some twine and compostable clips to keep them nice and straight. 🙂
How are your gardens coming?