10 Great ideas that every gardening lover should know
10 Great ideas that every gardening lover should know
If you have found yourself completely consumed by a green thumb, and can’t spend enough time in the garden no matter how hard you try, the odds are pretty good that you’ve been looking for tips and tricks to make your garden really flourish and stand head and shoulders apart from everyone else’s.
Well, with the 10 tips below, you’re going to be able to elevate your garden beyond anything you ever could have conceived of before. Each of these tips and tricks are going to help you improve your garden from the side, making it a more fertile landscape to grow anything and everything you’ve been hoping to.
Let’s dive right in!
Attack weeds viciously
The most important thing you can do as a gardener, and something that will help you keep your garden looking healthy and vibrant more than anything else, is to attack weeds wherever you find in your garden – destroying them at their core. You’ll want to spend at least one day a week doing nothing other than weeding out your garden.
Plan in the off-season
The best gardens are the ones that grow effortlessly, naturally, and right on schedule with the season conditions, and you’ll want to make sure that you let your garden do exactly by planning out your garden in the off-season. Create a plan of action, map of how you want your garden to look, and then execute in the spring rolls around and you’ll be good to go.
Spray your shovels down with silicone or Teflon lubricants
Digging in the dirt is going to be heavy lifting no matter what, but you can make the process a little bit easier on your back and your body by spraying your shovels down with silicone or Teflon lubricants. Give your garden tools a good spray just before you use them every time before you use them and you’ll be good to go!
Lighten the load on your heavy pots
Garden pots can get really, really happy if you fill them completely with potting mix and soil. But if you first fill about half of those parts with foam packing peanuts and then top them off with landscaping fabric and potting mix on top. You’ll reduce the weight by half or more while still providing fertile growing landscape for your favourite flowers.
Use a ladder to transport your plants
If you had a tough time transporting plants from a nursery to your garden, mostly from them jostling around this way and that, a tarp down on the floor and a regular step ladder laid down in the back of your vehicle acts as the perfect “carrier” for all of your plants. Simply load up the spaces between the rungs and they’ll hold your plants in place so that you don’t have anything to worry about.
Pay attention to weather patterns
You are going to want to spend quite a bit of time keeping your eyes on the sky, making sure that the weather is going to cooperate with the kind of garden that you are looking to grow. Spend at least a couple of minutes every day paying attention to the weather and the precipitation ratings for that day and the next few days upcoming and you won’t be surprised by anything.
Test your soils regularly
Different plants and vegetables are going to grow in different kinds of soil best, and you’ll want to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to fully nurture the plants that you are looking to cultivating your garden. Test your soils to make sure that the pH is exactly where it needs to be, and don’t be shy about mixing different levels of soil in different areas of your property so that all of your plants get all of the nutrients that they need to thrive.
Start your garden indoors
Planting from seed is definitely one way to go, but it’s definitely going to take a longer time to see the fruits of your labors when you go in this direction. Don’t be shy about starting seedlings in your own home before the last frost snaps, giving you, a bit of a head start on your growing season – especially for plants that take a little bit longer to mature.
Organize all of your gardening tools
It’s essential that you have all of your gardening tools ready to rock and roll when you need them most, and there’s nothing worse than searching everywhere for your trowel just because you can’t remember where you put it last. Keep your tools organized and you won’t have anything to worry about!
Lawn edging transforms the way your garden looks instantly
Finally, if you’re looking to create clearly delineated to garden spaces that look very professional, clean, and well organized, you’re going to want to use a lawn edging tool to carve of your spaces. The benefits of using these tools will be instantly apparent, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t use them in the past!
Where grass continually grows into the border or where the lawn edges constantly look untidy and so make mowing difficult, you may want to consider installing a permanent physical lawn edge.
These are available from good garden centers and DIY stores and can be made from corrugated iron or, better still, steel or recycled plastic. These are driven into the soil along the side of the lawn and make a permanent edge that you can easily mow over.
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