Spring has officially sprung and as the weather progressively gets warmer, flowers aren’t the only thing you can grow right in your own backyard! Trax Farms, based in Finleyville, PA has been producing fruits and vegetables for more than 150 years.

With their “Grow Your Own Farm” offerings available in Trax Farms Market, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy fresh produce from the comfort of home. Including vegetable seeds, sprouts, soil, pots, and other tools. Keep reading for a brief guide to growing your own “farm.”

Choosing a Garden Type

When choosing a garden type for your DIY farm, Trax recommends determining what types of produce or plants you wish to grow. Your level of experience is also something to consider.

There are three ways one can start planting: raised gardening, ground planting, and pot growing. Raised gardening is ideal for growing plants with delicate roots that are particular about soil composition and quality (most commonly fruits and vegetables). Ground planting works best for growing any and everything. Finally, pot growing is perfect for “beginner farmers”.

The key to all successful gardening types is always choosing a location that has access to ample sunlight. Also, using proper soil.

Pot Growing

Those new to gardening should start their seed plants in pots, which Trax Farms has a large variety of. They have sizes available for every stage of growing.

Choose from an array of seeds and sprouts — not limited to strawberries, beets, carrots, cucumbers, herbs, peppers, tomatoes, and onions — in addition to broccoli, cabbage, and greens which are best for growing in the springtime.

When picking a soil for pot growing, start with Miracle Gro Seed Starting Pot Mix. It is specifically formulated for fast root development, as well as enriched with plant food. This mix is ideal to use when starting the growth process from seeds, stems, or root cuttings. 

Raised Gardening

For raised gardens, use Miracle-Gro Organic Raised Bed & Garden Soil, which contains quick release natural fertilizer and feeds plants for up to 2 months. This organic soil blend is peat free and formulated with upcycled green waste. It is also guaranteed to grow more vegetables, making successful organic gardening more attainable to complete at home. 

Ground Planting

For feeding plants for up to 3 months, ground-planters should use Miracle-Gro Vegetable and Herb Garden Soil. This mix is enriched with a blend of compost, plant food, and other essential nutrients, plus moisture control technology that protects plants against over and under watering.

Tips to Remember

No matter what type of garden you choose, it is important to always water seeds thoroughly immediately after planting. Always check your soil for moisture levels and let the mix dry to the touch between waterings.

Never allow plants to sit in drainage water. Keep in mind that as the outdoors temperatures start to rise, plants in the sun may require daily watering. 

With these tips and tricks, and a quick visit to the Trax Farms Market, you’ll have everything you need for the garden of your dreams. Happy planting! 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Rebecca Hansborough

Rebecca is a Pittsburgh transplant of five years with experience in content writing, social media management, public relations, web editing, and much more. Her passion for food inspired her to create an Instagram based food blog that shares a combination of local cuisine and homemade meals. When she’s not focusing on food, she also enjoys the Pittsburgh arts and entertainment scene, from Broadway shows, music festivals, to gallery crawls. She is excited to share her love for all things Pittsburgh with future readers!

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