BOONES MILL, Va. (WFXR) — Rising prices are causing a lot of people to turn to growing their own food. A family-owned farm in Boones Mill has some tips and tricks for new farmers and gardeners.

Mark Woods, the 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, scorpions,” said Woods.

Mark Woods on his tractor. (Photo: Kelsey Jean-Baptiste/WFXR News)

When you step onto Woods’ farm, you see a bunch of potted plants, a greenhouse, and a place to purchase fresh produce. Woods Farms has been in the family since 1942, so they know a lot about growing almost anything.

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

“It’s been a crazy start out for the spring, so many ups and downs,” said Woods. “We’ve had pretty weeks and then very cold at night, so we’re just going to have to play the waiting game and roll the dice and see what Mother Nature gives us.”

As seen in the past few weeks, Woods says the wind can cause a lot of damage to things that are planted. However, there is a way to fix that.

“You can put cabbage and broccoli and cauliflower in the ground, but I would recommend to make a furrow and plant your plant at the bottom of the row. That way, when you’ve got all this wind that we’ve had in the last two, three weeks, it grows across the top of the ground and it don’t beat your plant up,” explained Woods.

Some of Mark Woods’ locally grown produce. (Photo: Kelsey Jean-Baptiste/WFXR News)

According to the Franklin County farmer, the best advice he can give new gardeners and farmers is to play around with what you’ve already got on hand, as well as know what type of fertilizer and manure you are using.

“You have to watch it because it’s on the little hotter side than what your Miracle Grow or your 10-10-10 is, so you just gotta play with it and you put a little bit down,” Woods said. “If you don’t see what you wanted to see, put a little more than what you put last.”

The biggest advice that he offers is to stay patient because planting takes time. In addition, he reminds community members that Woods Farms offer all types of locally grown products and more.