Gardeners got their hands dirty with the help of a local horticulturalist at the Armstrong Court Community Organic Garden in Greenwich.
Greenwich Community Gardens welcomed back Alan Gorkin of Lake Avenue Farm to teach local residents on how to start sowing the season's first spring vegetables.
Gorkin says it's the time of year to start planting cool season crops like turnips, radishes, carrots and leafy greens like kale, lettuce and spinach.
"A cool season vegetable is one that matures during the cool weather," said Gorkin. "So when the temperatures are usually less than 70."
He says in couple of weeks gardeners can plant beans, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and cabbage plants. He tells us while planting seeds that yield larger crops like squash and pumpkins it's important to give them enough space so that they'll grow to their full potential.
"If their root systems are too close together, they would be impeding on each other's feeding," Gorkin said.
"I never knew you're supposed to do it four inches apart, split it well," said Jatin Jaisinghani. "And he was explaining how you don't have to do the whole thing. You harvest one thing and then you can do the other one."
Gorkin also emphasized the importance of well treated soil. He says he highly recommends gardeners to test their soil in the fall.
"If you need minerals derived from rock sources like phosphorus or potassium," said Gorkin. "Those take a while to react with the soil so if you put them in the spring, they may not be available to the plants in time."
Gorkin tells us the benefits of using compost in a garden are similar to the benefits yogurt has on the human body.
"You'll have the beneficial organisms in the compost plus the nitrogen that the organisms manufacture through the breakdown of the organic matter," he said.