Gardening is a healthy and relaxing hobby anyone can indulge in especially when you are a lover of nature and organic foods.
However, it can go down south pretty fast if you do not know what to do and when to do it. Well, you can call your local pest-control operator near you, also, we have listed seven tips that can help you start your gardening with ease.
- Make your planting lines obvious: some gardener’s don’t have wooden edges around their vegetable beds in their gardens because it’s difficult to keep the soil fertile in a contained box. While others with kids often raise their beds in boxes to make a visual as a sign of ‘keep out’, since they avoided this, their vegetable beds in their garden must stand out. You can use bark to accomplish this, as it made the walking paths a different color and texture. This way you could coach our toddler to stay on the bark and off of the baby plants. You can also use tomato cages to keep our toddler off of less obvious young plants.
- Use less water and water smarter: your garden and lawn need water to stay healthy, but you might be watering more often than you should too. Alina Bradford says that you should be watering ‘deep’ once per week. It means when you turn on the sprinklers every week, you should ensure your garden gets an inch of water. Try to learn everything else you can do to water your garden more often, so you can save money and water.
- Know what to plant: you need to know what to grow before you start looking at those succulents or lemon trees at the store, check the hardiness zone. The zones tell you what kinds of plants will survive in your garden all year long, however, it depends on the average minimum winter temperature in your area. It should be your first step in determining what kinds of plants that go in your garden, especially when you are ordering them online.
- Garbage the secret: garbage is the secret to your healthy garden, for a cheap and easy way to keep your flowers and plants looking good, look to coffee grounds. What you normally tossed out can be used all around your garden to keep pests out, enhance your soil, and beef up your compost pile. You can check Taylor Martin’s guide to ways you can use coffee in the garden. Make sure you don’t stop there; you can use lots of other food scraps in the garden to boost the plant’s growth. If you want to go further with your food waste, consider starting a compost pile. It’s simple to set up and provide you with fertilizer for your plants.
- Deadhead spent flowers on spring-blooming bulbs so that the plants send energy to the bulbs rather than making seeds. Leave the foliage until it gets brown and with a soft tug, it can be separated. The leaves store nutrients that the bulb needs to bloom the next year. It is not recommended to braid or tie the leaves because it reduces the amount of light on the surfaces of the leaves.
- The solution to growing the finest crops is not a fertilizer; soil quality is. Add organic modifications to your soil such as compost and well-aged manure. The finest structure of the soil is crumbly, simple to dig, readily accepts water and provides crop roots with oxygen. Use organic fertilizer to add nitrogen, phosphorus, and potash
- Vegetable gardening tip: between 68-77 degrees F is the optimum temperature for ripening tomatoes. And at 85 degrees F, the pigments responsible for the color of the fruit are too warm for the crops to generate lycopene and carotene. Once temperatures fall below 50 degrees F continuously, green fruits will not mature. It is better to bring in tomatoes that have a bit of color change to finish maturing. Mount your potato crops deep under the soil and store collected potatoes in full darkness. Light exposure turns the skin of potatoes green, an indication that the potato produced a colorless alkaloid called solanine, a bitter-tasting toxin that, consumed in large quantities.