Planting Your Cucumbers and Tomatoes
If you haven't already sown your cucumbers and tomatoes (ideally by June 1st), it's time to get them in the ground or containers. These warm-weather crops thrive in full sun, so ensure they receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Prepare the soil by mixing in some compost to improve its fertility.For cucumbers, consider using a trellis or support to help them climb and save space. Tomatoes should be staked or caged as they grow. Remember to provide good spacing between plants to allow for proper air circulation and reduce the risk of diseases.
For your dill and basil (sow by June 21st), now is a great time to prepare the soil where you plan to plant them. Ensure the soil is well-draining and rich in organic matter. You can also add a slow-release, balanced fertilizer to provide essential nutrients to your herbs as they grow.
Watering and Care
As you start this journey, watering is essential. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. A good rule of thumb is to water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Water early in the morning to allow the plants to dry off during the day, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.
Finland's climate can be challenging for gardening due to its relatively short growing season. To maximize your harvest, consider using season extenders like cloches or cold frames. These can help protect your plants from chilly nights and extend your growing season into the fall.Throughout your gardening journey, we'll explore various topics, from pest control to harvesting tips. Stay tuned for a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed as a gardener in Helsinki.Remember, it's all about learning and enjoying the process. If you have any questions or need specific advice, feel free to reach out. We're here to support your gardening dreams.