Hello, again!

Recently I was evaluating Marty's Acre, the place where dozens of tomatoes, peppers, and squash along with my 150’ of asparagus have grown for over a decade, and I made the conclusion that I needed to change how I’m going to approach the Acre 2021. Here’s what I’m planning to do; we’ll see how well I follow the plan:

1. Plant fewer tomato and pepper plants. I’ll still plant my favorite var ieties - Jet Star, Cherokee Purple, Sweet Million and Roma tomatoes; Mucho Nacho Jalapeño, Fooled You Jalapeño, Habanero, Ghost and my new favorite pepper, the Shishito.

2. Plant more speciality vegetables, heirloom var ieties of carrots, beans, beets and swiss chard.

3. Plant bush type vine crops such as cucumber and melons, including watermelon and cantaloupe.

4. Plant less square feet of garden to let me have the ability to rotate my ground. I'll let half of the space rest every other year.

5. Plant more containers with vegetable and fruiting plants. I really have great success in using both Smart Pots and EarthBox on my patio, and I really enjoy preparing a meal and being able to go and pick fresh peppers and tomatoes off of the plant to add to recipes immediately. Basil, oregano and cilantro are some herbs that perform well for me in containers as well.

Good soil preparation is crucial to success in the garden. Adding organic compost to any in-ground planting area adds valuable nutrients that are readily available to the plants. Using a premium potting mix such as ferti-lome Ultimate Potting Mix or Fox Farm Ocean Forest allows for great root growth within a well drained media.

Keeping both in-ground and containerized vegetables fertilized will greatly increase the production of your fruits and vegetables. My favorites are ferti-lome Gardener’s Special for plants in the ground and ferti-lome Start-N-Grow along with ferti-lome Blooming And Rooting for containers.

We would love to help you get exactly what you need to be a successful vegetable gardener this year!

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center