The weather may still be cool, but February is a good time to start preparing the summer garden at the DC Ranch Community Garden and your backyard home garden too. The summer growing season in the desert can be short, so planning in advance will help ensure a solid crop. If you plan to grow tomatoes, peppers or eggplant, the best way to get your desired varieties is to start with seeds indoor and transfer them to the garden. It is best to choose short-season varieties that will grow and ripen before the hot weather sets in. Once your seeds begin to grow, turn your attention to the garden soil. Add organic material to the planting bed at the start of each growing season, turn the soil, then put down a layer of compost and turn again. Taking these few simples steps now will help make sure your plants are established before the summer heat arrives. Good luck and enjoy your homegrown veggies!
Read more gardening tips in the February issue of DC Ranch News.
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