It is only the beginning of February and I am already wanting to wade in water. But what does this do to my friend Mother Earth and her plants? According to my elder friend Farmer Almanac, he says that California will be mild and dry this winter. So that’s what we are going with – mild and dry.
For the next 45 days my masters are focusing on two main items ~ which always begin with a PLAN!
Spend some time on your irrigation~ with water being such a precious product, we all want to make sure it is used to the utmost efficiency. Broken lines, rerouting lines and testing your system should be key. Draw your garden area out to include irrigation plans. Set your timers and valves correctly. It will save you time (and $) in the long run.
Devising ways to hold back your soil ~ You know, a way to contain your moist fresh soil! You don’t want that good Growers Blend spilling out of it’s area. Whether it is a full grown planter bed make with block or an edging made with moss rock, a method of retention is needed. When you measure, allow for areas to walk, note where the sunny spots will be, and don’t forget about our friend irrigation. And again it all plays back into your Plan. Most of all by defining planting areas, I will know where the good soil is to lay in!
Option B for planting ~ just purchase one of our Tarter Stock Tanks. We have oval and round, with multiple sizes to choose from. I know that it is not easy for me to dig in, but easier for my masters to manage.
Every year is different for all of us. And 2020 is no exception! We have been blessed with such beautiful days and cool nights. For me as a dog, basking in the sun is my main objective. And of course watching you humans labor along is my other. So how about laboring in the garden?
- Time to plant and refresh. Yes, I said plant! The better the product, the better the return. And yes it is true. Just ask my humans. Every year they use #growersblend for their garden, and by golly it does work. This rich soil is a blessing, and to think it is available at #valleyrock. The proof is in the pudding, but in this case, in the lemons, in the tomatoes, you get the message.
- Did you say refresh……Refresh the soil under your plants, refresh the bark on the ground, refresh the rock around your home. It all matters. My humans are experts at figuring out what you need. They love to help. Help you with measurements, help you with product selection, help you with setting up deliveries. Just reach a paw out….
- Design? Yes we can help with that. We love measurements, pictures, and drawings. My humans love all this. Just bring it in or email it over. Oh yeah their is always facebook (or should it be dogbook?).
- It starts with just a corner. Happy Digging!
April Showers, I can mark my paw with that event. Every year they come and every year we are surprised. But what the rain does for us is amazing! So what to do in April?
* Planning ~ April Showers or not, you will have to calculate the amount of you soil require. Just do that length times width, that will give you the square footage. Determine how deep you want the soil to be (the depth garden box / planting area). These numbers will give you the cubic yardage required.
Now here is your math lesson of the day from you friendly neighborhood dog ~ a garden box 4’x8′ (32sqft) , at 12″ deep will require one cubic yard of material. That wasn’t too painful, was it?
* Planting ~ oh how our plants and veggies love the good fresh soils. If you can get some soil down before the rain, the plants will dance. Enhanced your soil with our Growers Blend (recommended for gardens), Planters Mix (recommended for landscaping) or Organic compost (always a recommended addition), thus providing your yard with what it needs.
* Protecting ~ Your veggies are in, your shrubs are planted, how about protecting the roots and soil? Top your garden with one of our barks. Walk On bark or Shredded Cedar are two of my favorites. But my master has others to choose from. Create a walking area around your boxes with Decomposed Granite, 1/2 crushed rock, or another rock of your choosing. A nice neat garden makes for a happy gardener (and dog).
*Purchasing ~ Call us!, send us a message through valleyrock.com, or good ole’ fashion way, stop it!