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.
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)
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