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Hi <<First Name>>,

Our consumers often ask us about the best ways to grow healthy and organic vegetables. With this in mind, and spring in the air, we were inspired to share some of our most helpful veggie growing hints!

At Olivia's Organics, it all originates with our network of farmers. They combine the perfect blend of expertise and passion for their trade, and work tirelessly to grow the nutritious and organic foods we are proud to bring to you and your family.

But you don’t have to be a professional to grow hearty and organic vegetables at home. Whether you already have a vegetable garden or are considering testing your green thumb for the first time, the experts are sharing a few of their secrets with you, element by element!

Here Comes the Sun: Most vegetable plants need between six to eight hours of direct sunlight to really flourish. However, lettuces and spinach can do just as well with a little shade. Often plants perform better in very warm weather when they get some reprieve from the afternoon sun.

Hydrate, hydrate … now stop! As much as they need sun, plants also rely on water to survive. It’s about maintaining moisture in the soil without over-saturation. When you water, you’re looking to see the water absorb pretty quickly into the top level of soil. Younger plants will require a bit more hydration than mature plants, since their roots are in a high-growth phase. Try to avoid watering late in the day so that the foliage is completely dry before sunset. This will help prevent mildew and disease. Don't put your plants to bed wet!
The Good Earth: Quality soil is another must-have. You’re looking for soil that crumbles easily and that is not hard or clay-like. This will allow a plant’s roots to expand easily. Our farmers integrate natural mineral fertilizers with our soil to ensure ample nutrients are at the ready for our lettuces, spinach, kale, celery and butternut squash.

Make A Little Room: Most plants will expand to take up as much room as you give them – but that can be much more than what they actually need. For example, while most lettuces need somewhere between six and 18 inches per plant, we’ve found that our baby butter lettuces do the best at just four inches apart. Don’t be afraid of some trial and error to determine the best spacing for your plants!
And there you have it – some inside tips for your best crop yet! Do you have some growing techniques you'd like to share? Let us know at teamolivias@oliviasorganics.org.

Thanks for supporting Olivia's!

See you next week,

-Team Olivia's
www.OliviasOrganics.org
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