Spring time is here and Summer isn’t far around the corner, which means it is the perfect time to start your garden. Before you start planting your favorite vegetables or flowers, you should learn a couple easy tricks.
Tip 1: Think Before Planting
No two plants are the same nor are the atmospheres they are growing. Before you start gardening you will need to prepare your yard and get all the necessary equipment based on what you are planning on growing, the season, and where you live. Keep in mind whether you live somewhere with a warmer, cooler, or even an icy climate and be prepared for those necessary adjustments.
For example, broccoli and lettuce are great at withstanding the cold
while tomatoes love springtime weather. The location you choose to start your garden is also crucial — some plants crave that direct sunlight while others prefer to be kept somewhere shady. Do your research beforehand! If you’re having trouble transporting everything you need to get your yard properly prepared and your garden set, consider renting a trailer.
Tip 2: Protect your Garden
To keep animals out of your garden, stick plastic forks in the soil. Insects are repelled by certain plants so growing chives, onions, and garlic will help to protect the rest of your garden. Cardboard also works as a natural weed barrier. Boxes are also a great for making a pot planter or for collecting compost.
Tip 3: Keep your Garden Nutritious
Biodegradable packing peanuts will eventually improve the quality of the soil, make the pots lighter therefore easier to move around, as well as improve water drainage. If you want to retain moisture longer, try adding a damp diaper or paper towel at the bottom of your pot.
Adding sugar and Epsom salt to the soil will help add nutrients to your plants. The sugar will act as food for your garden since your plants are trying to create glucose anyways and the salt will provide magnesium and sulfate. You can also grind up eggshells into a powder to give your garden a healthy dose of calcium. Another easy way to feed your garden is to fertilize it with leftover coffee or tea grounds. Rather than tossing your used grounds, add them to the soil. Composting is another good way to get rid of food remains that would normally be trash without wasting them. If you steam or boil vegetables, rather than dumping that water out, wait for it to cool and feed your garden a nutrient filled drink.
Are you working on your perfect garden? Have you used any of these tips before? Share your stories in the comment section below!