The community garden is a beloved and frequented amenity at Pacific Landing. The garden operates year-round with new vegetables harvesting each season. Owners who wish to participate receive their own garden plot. Whether you are looking to grow your own fruits and vegetables or a stunning array of flowers, the community garden is a great way to get outside for some peaceful and gratifying exercise. Here are some tips for vegetable gardeners preparing for the spring growing season.
Don’t jump the gun
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Peas, spinach and radishes can be started ahead of the last frost date, but most seedlings and seeds go out after the last frost date, which in Victoria is usually March 28, although it has been as early as Feb. 25 and as late as April 10.
Don’t grow too much
The No. 1 mistake beginner gardeners make is to sow too much seed and grow more than they can look after. Sow fewer seeds and save the rest for another time.
Keep it simple
Set yourself up for success by growing easy vegetables: carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, radishes, spinach, lettuce, bush beans, broad beans, potatoes, spinach, beets and chard.
Pick the right spot
Your veggie patch needs at least six hours of sunshine. Make sure you have fertile, loamy, well-drained soil that is more alkaline than acidic.
Keep crops on the move
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Don’t grow the same vegetables in the same location two years running. This will help reduce pests and diseases.
Diversity is good
Growing a wide range of vegetables promotes a healthier, more balanced environment where pests and diseases are less likely to get out of control.
Peas like being next to carrots and dislike being next to onions and garlic. Companion planting seems to work. Grow carrots near tomatoes, rosemary next to sage, radishes next to lettuce, peas and carrots, bush beans with celery and beets, corn with pumpkins and beans.
Pacific Landing is a unique waterfront community that provides amenities and services to allow you to live your ideal lifestyle. If you are downsizing and giving up your big yard it doesn’t mean you have to live the next chapter of your life without a serene place to grow your fruits and vegetables. Keep up to date with the Havenwood Garden at Pacific Landing. Register today to discover how you can be a part of our waterfront community.