If you are a first-time gardener, there is no end to the learning you can do in your first few times in the garden. Hopefully, our list of gardening tips will help you make your next year's garden easier, and healthier, too.
Growing plants in pots
Having to redo your garden every time the season changes can be a headache. No matter how much you love gardening, it makes no sense having to dig the soil every year and too much turning the soil can affect the soil's quality. One good way to prevent degrading the quality of the soil is to dig a hole in the ground and put empty plastic pots with holes for drainage in them. Fill the pot with soil and bury the pot up to ground level. Plant your new seeds and seedling in the pot and switch the plant out once they are ready to retire.
Lighten your container pots
It can be tiresome to move heavy flower pots around every time you want to do some garden maintenance. You also run the risk of dropping and breaking the pot. A good way to reduce the weight of each pot is to use packing peanuts. Fill the pot more than half-way with packing peanuts, then add a layer of peat moss or landscape fabric and fill the remaining portion with planting soil. Packing peanuts provide good drainage and the fabric prevents the soil from sinking to the bottom.
Even if you use compost, a good way to make sure your plants have a steady supply of calcium is to grind egg shells and sprinkle the shells along the base of the plants. The soil microorganisms will work it into the soil and provide the roots with the calcium they need.
Protect you plants
If you have a lot of animals, including your pets, walking all over your garden, destroying your seedlings you can keep them away by strategically placing a few plastic forks upright around you plant beds to deter them.
Storage container gardens
This is ideal for gardening in limited space or in houses without yards. Plastic storage containers are very light- weight and available in a variety of sizes. If you use packing peanuts to fill most of the space, you can keep it light even while you plant new seedlings. Use a landscape fabric, peat moss or compost to layer the soil. You can even hang the set-up over rails.
Sponge retain's moisture
One great way to make sure that you don't have to return to wilted plants while you have been away for a few days is to place a bulk of sponge at the bottom of the pot. The sponge will absorb the excess moisture and release it when necessary. This is great for those summer perennials that require constant watering.
Epsom salt for your garden
Epsom salt is very rich in magnesium and sulfate, so sprinkle some in your garden before planting seeds or mix a few tablespoons in the water you spray on your plants about once or twice a month. You can also sprinkle Epsom salt in the soil once the plants have matured. Gardening experts swear that this is absolutely essential for growing tomatoes and peppers, both of which tend to have magnesium deficiency.
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