Uncle Mike’s Recipe For Growing Organically

Many people ask me how to grow organically. When it comes to edibles, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. There’s no right or wrong way, but here’s what I do:


Amend your garden beds and Containers

If you’re planting your edibles in a raised bed or in the garden, you’ll want a good loose soil, rich in organic matter. If you have poor, sandy or clay soil, remove some, and mix in some compost. You’ll get excellent results if you add a bag of Coast of Maine Coast of Maine’s Quoddy Blend Lobster Compost or Mahoney’s Premium Composted or Dehydrated Cow Manure. If you’re planting in containers, you’re welcome to add these amendments in, but be sure to use a well-draining potting mix. Mahoney’s Organic Outdoor Potting Mix is the perfect planting medium for containers.

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Planting & Feeding

When planting your tomatoes, herbs and other veggies- you want to add in a slow-release granular fertilizer to help establish the plant’s root system to it’s new environment. I recommend Espoma’s Organic Tomato or Garden Tone. Going forward, you’ll want to sprinkle some on the soil every few weeks to continue to feed in a slow-release fashion.

I always recommend a water-soluble feed in addition to the slow release granular. Neptunes Harvest Fish  and Seawood fertilizer is my go-to for all edibles. Combined with the Tomato or Garden Tone, your herbs and veggies will be out of this world

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