Rebecca Kolls organic gardening tips can help you whether you're new to the concept of organic gardening or already an old pro. If you don't know who Rebecca Kolls is, read on to learn all about this giant of the gardening world.
About Rebecca Kolls
Rebecca Kolls is a master gardener and was host of Rebecca's Garden on NBC for 11 years. She's been a regular contributor to Good Morning America since 1998 and has also appeared on Oprah, Regis and Kathy Lee and on CNN, among other programs and networks.
She is the author of Rebecca's Garden: Four Seasons to Grow on and now publishes a magazine, Seasons by Rebecca. She went to school to become a meteorologist and was known for adding gardening tips to her forecasts.
Born in Salt Lake City, Kolls now lives in Wisconsin with her family.
Finding Rebecca Kolls Organic Gardening Tips
For a steady supply of tips on organic gardening, subscribe to the quarterly Seasons magazine or buy her book. However, a great free way to learn Rebecca Kolls organic gardening tips is to listen to her podcasts featured at the MiracleGro organics site.
Podcasts are recorded programs like radio shows that can be downloaded or listened to online at any time. These programs include information on organic gardening, container gardening and other methods of gardening. The shows provides resources for further information and an opportunity to ask questions that may be answered in future podcasts. The podcasts are very conversational and give you the feeling that you can do whatever it is she's talking about.
Here are a few of Rebecca Kolls' organic gardening tips from the podcasts:
- Choose a spot for your vegetable garden that will get eight to ten hours of sun a day.
- Almost every soil can benefit from soil amendments. Kolls recommends peat moss, manure and compost for all soil. Amend the soil in the spring or in the fall. Do this every year because nutrients are depleted by growing plants.
- Remember to water your plants immediately after planting.
- Choose a good organic fertilizer to feed your plants. A slow-release fertilizer can be applied right after planting and about two months after planting.
- Mulching is a wonderful way to protect plants because it keeps them cool as well as lessening their water requirements. Kolls says she likes to add a layer of newspaper before mulching because that will also keep the weeds out.
- Avoid stepping on the soil in your garden when it's wet. You'll compact the soil, making it less hospitable to roots.
- Consider a raised bed garden for vegetables. They have better drainage and better soil than beds built right into the ground, and they tend to have fewer weeds than conventional gardens.
- Start small. Don't dig up the whole back yard and plant it up with flowers and vegetables if you've never gardened before. Think about starting with containers if you aren't sure you have time or interest in gardening.
- Avoid squashes, zucchini and corn if you have a small garden. These plants take up a lot of space.
- Plant vegetables and flowers that you love. Don't plant things just because you think you should plant them if they aren't things you and your family will eat.
- If you grow tomatoes, stake or cage them when they are young because it's much easier then. Water them consistently and mulch heavily-up to three inches-to keep the moisture even.
- If you use large containers for your vegetables or flowers, put them on dollies with wheels so you can move them into the shade when it gets really hot. Also, use an organic potting soil, which will hold water better than conventionally produced potting soil.
For more free tips, check out the garden blog at the Seasons by Rebecca website.