BANGOR - Knowing what's in the ground is crucial to getting a garden started. And after waiting for the results of our soil test, we've learned what we need to prepare to plant. Our Erin Thomas has the latest in our "Backyard Gardener" series.
This week we received our soil report from the University of Maine testing service and Kate Garland explained to us what exactly the numbers mean. Firstly, she told us our soil was lacking magnesium, so we'll need to add lime.
However something you have at home may already work. Unleached wood ash works just as well as lime.
Kate said we would also need to supplement the soil with nitrogen, phosophorus, and potassium. Which are common nutrients needed in Maine for planting, which can be purchased at a local nursery or garden center.
Unfortunately we saw rain all week, so we weren't able to begin tilling, but we did go over the basics of container gardening for those who may not be able to plant in the ground.
Kate showed us how she uses pots. Seedlings such as basil and sage can be grown in containers by simply using potting soil.
Kate says plants grown in containers do need to be watered more often than those in the ground, but the benefit of container gardening is the ability to bring the plants inside at night this time of year.
Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School. While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant. In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology. When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state. She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!