Vegetable Garden Care Recommendations

WATER: Most vegetables need a consistent, generous supply of water. Use drip irrigation, or use overhead sprinkler early in the day.

SOIL: Organic matter (humus) feeds vital soil organisms that feed plants, improves soil texture, moisture-retention, & aeration. We recommend incorporating compost to a depth of ~8”. Note: Almost all of our soil amendments are produced locally

FERTILIZER:

Colorado’s clay soils generally contain many important minerals, but most vegetables require supplementary nutrients to produce well. Before planting, work in granular organic fertilizers to a depth of at least 4”. Avoid high nitrogen in areas for growing root crops.

For flower/fruit crops (broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, eggplant, pepper) we suggest side-dressing with Age-Old Bloom or Fruit when plants begin to make buds, & again later. Applying Compost Tea at intervals through the season helps plants maintain optimal health and nutrient uptake. We recommend:

Alpha One (general)

Dave Thompson’s Healthy Grow Plant Food for Tomatoes

Age-Old Grow (general, greens)

Age-Old Fish & Seaweed  (gen.)

Cottonseed Meal (general, greens)

Planters II (Rock Dust)(trace minerals)

Kelp Meal  (trace minerals)

Alfalfa Meal  (general, greens)

HELPFUL PRODUCTS:

Legume Inoculant – Provides important beneficial microbes to enable peas & beans to fix nitrogen from the air

Solar Caps – Best ‘wall-of-water’ protection from frost, enables early planting of tomatoes, peppers, etc., won’t topple, keeps soil warm

Row-Cover Fabric – keeps seedbeds moist, protects plants from frost, wind, insect and animal pests

Tomato Cages – heavy duty, tall and colorful; keep tomatoes off ground, healthier, easy to harvest

Rain Gauge –  know how much water you need to apply, and see when you (or Mother Nature) have applied enough

Quick-coupler – Attach and remove hoses and sprinklers quickly, easily

Radius Tools – Strong, high-quality digging tools, designed for many years of comfortable use