The sunshine is out and if you are thinking of planting a vegetable garden - it's not too late! Here are some great tips from Sunshine Farm in Kelowna for getting started.
First, select as sunny a site as possible, but don't be discouraged if all you have is shade. Some plants such as lettuce thrive in the shade and even vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant like a break from the sun. Choose your crops appropriately according to the growing conditions you have to work with.
It may be necessary to bring in soil and create a box, fill pots, or raised beds to have some depth of soil for roots to develop. Ensure any soil you bring in is from a reputable source, or that you have mixed in good compost to existing soil. It's also good to make sure that the box is not built with chemically treated wood. After your soil has been prepped, it is a good idea to leave it for a week or two for any weed seeds to germinate so that they can be easily removed by gently raking before they take hold.
If you are planting seeds, make sure that the soil is warm enough and that the last frost is over. Make rows for the seeds by dragging a rake or hoe in a straight line through the soil, and space seed according to the instructions on the packet. Next, cover with soil to a depth of twice the diameter of the seeds. Pat down the soil to ensure good contact between seed and soil. Lastly, water carefully, being sure seeds aren't exposed or washed out of their soil. As the seeds start to germinate, keep the soil moist but not wet. Seeds require warmth, moisture, and light.
If you are planting seedlings, put them into a shovel scoop sized hole filled with compost. As with seeds the time of planting is important. If you plant too soon and the soil is not warm enough certain plants are prone to rot.