Local farmers prepare for the next growing season

BOONES MILL, Va. (WFXR) – Rising prices are prompting many people to turn to growing their own food.

A family farm in Boones Mill says it has tips and tricks for new farmers and gardeners.

Mark Woods, owner of Woods Farms, says he has a head start on this year’s growing season.

“We have all kinds of bedding, plants, flours, tomatoes, broccoli, squash, hot peppers and scorpions,” Woods said.

Mark Wood is on his tractor. (Courtesy of Kelsey Jean-Baptiste/WFXR News).

When you enter Woods Farm, you see a pile of potted plants, a greenhouse, and a place to buy fresh produce.

Woods Farms has been in the family since 1942, so they know a lot about growing just about anything.

Even with his expertise in growing produce, he says this year’s growing season is hard to predict.

“It was a crazy start to spring. There were so many ups and downs. We’re just going to have to play the waiting game and roll the dice, just see what mother nature gives us,” Woods said.

Even in recent weeks, Woods says the wind can cause a lot of damage to things that are planted. However, there is a way to fix this problem.

“If you put cabbage, broccoli, [or] cauliflower in the ground, what I would recommend is to make a furrow and plant your plant at the bottom of the row. That way when you get all that wind we’ve had for the past few weeks, it doesn’t beat your plant,” Woods said.

Some of Wood’s local products. (Courtesy of Kelsey Jean-Baptiste/WFXR News).

However, the best advice he can give to new gardeners and farmers is to play around with what you already have on hand and know what kind of fertilizer and manure you use.

“You have to watch it because it’s hotter than your 10-10-10. You have to put some in, and if you don’t see what you want, you put in some more than you put in last” , Woods said.

The biggest advice he gives is to be patient because planting takes time.

He adds that Woods Farms offers all types of locally grown produce and more.

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