It is not a secret that gardening is one satisfying hobby. If you feel bored and restless, you should give it a shot. This is a great way to connect with nature, and you do not even need to have a green thumb if you want to start doing it. As a matter of fact, it will be even more satisfying to watch a garden grow when you are not naturally good at it. Keep in mind, however, that it is not an easy task whatsoever. Luckily for you, we have compiled a number of helpful gardening tips that are pretty much guaranteed to make your plants bloom and flourish!
DIY Weed Killer
Any gardener will be able to tell you just how important it is to keep weeds away. You might be tempted to resort to using weed killers to get rid of them but hold on to your horses. Even though these things work, you should know that they are full of chemicals that might damage your plants instead. On top of that, the cost adds up. You can address the problem by making a weed killer of your own with natural products. All you have to do is mix some vinegar, salt, and soap. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use as needed! The weeds should be gone in no time.
Weed killers do the trick when you want to get rid of weeds in your garden. However, you should try using newspaper before you do anything drastic and harmful. When you put the plants in, add a couple of newspaper pieces to the soil. By doing this, you are letting moisture reach the plant roots and create a barrier to prevent weeds from appearing. The pests will then be unable to grow in the soil as your plants thrive in this environment.
You do not need to be a gardener to know just how important fertilizer is. Despite this, you likely had no idea that Epsom salt is a good fertilizer for shrubs. This is thanks to its magnesium content, which lets your seeds germinate and your plants absorb the nutrients that they need. This is a cheap but easy way to keep a garden healthy and green. You only need to mix a gallon of water and two teaspoons of Epson salt. The resulting mixture should be enough to last you a month! Just pour it onto the base of the plant.
DIY Spray Collar
If you are trying to get rid of pesky plants in your garden, the easiest and simplest solution would be to use weed spray. The downside is that the spray comes with certain challenges. Whenever you apply it, you are putting the rest of the garden at risk as well. The good news is that a spray collar can fix this issue. You can use a plastic bucket or an old can as long as you first cut off the top and bottom to create a long cylinder. After that, you only have to put it over the weed you are trying to kill before you spray the weed killer inside of this device. This is also an excellent way to prevent using more than you need!
Save Plastic Containers
If you do not have soda bottles on hand to build a mini greenhouse of your own, you can use plastic to-go containers from food places. Plastic clamshell containers will serve as the perfect place for your seeds. Simply wash the container when you are done eating and add soil to the bottom. After that, you just have to plant the seeds with sufficient space between each other so that they can flourish. Put the lid over the container and place it beside a window to give it enough sunlight. The container will keep the moisture inside but let the sun reach the seeds.
Repurpose Toilet Paper Rolls
When you are done using a roll of toilet paper, all you have left will be the cardboard tube. Did you know that it is excellent for starting seeds? You only have to use a waterproof container and pile empty tubes into it. Add potting soil into each tube and put the seeds inside. When it is time to plant them into the garden, you can place the cardboard into the ground because it will decompose in the future. As a matter of fact, the seeds can stay safe as they germinate if you just leave it on!
There are things aside from weeds that can wreak havoc on your garden. Hungry slugs also make for formidable opponents! Who would have thought that all you need would be some beer? You can add beer to a dish and leave it in the spot where slugs often go. These pets will flock to it in no time! The alcoholic treat won’t make them drunk but kill them instead and leave your garden slug-free.
Convert Coffee Filters
When you plant shrubs into pots, it is ideal if the water can ooze out of its bottom. It is important to prevent the dirt from coming out with the water, but you should not totally close off the bottom because you will then risk waterlogging. A coffee filter is going to fix this dilemma. Just add it to the bottom of your pot before you fill it with soil. It is going to let the water flow but keep the dirt in place.
Weed When Wet
If you have tried to lift weeds from the dry ground, you will know that it can be tough. Dry ground does not give easily, so you need a lot of luck to pull out the weeds from the roots. Most people prefer to tug at weeds when the ground is wet or damp. Head to the garden after rain or first drench the soil using a hose before you start your mission. This way, the job is going to be a lot easier and more satisfying!
Brew Fertilizer Tea
Weeds are not only annoying, but they can also interfere with the way the plants are growing. On top of this, the nutrients from the soil go to them instead of the plants. When you pull them out and throw them away, you are also throwing away the nutrients. This can be avoided! You should place the weeds into a bucket full of water after pulling them out. Wait a couple of hours, dispose of the weeds, and pour the soiled water onto your plants. When you do this, you are giving the nutrients back to the soil!
Double Your Pots
When you are starting to plant a garden, it is hard to imagine the end product. Even though the most important thing is to take care of your plants, it is only natural to want a beautiful garden. You might be disappointed when the plants grow differently from what you had in mind. You can fix this by planning before you even begin to plant! You should bury your plants in two pots at ground level. It will be easy to lift them out of the top pot as they grow, which will allow you to rearrange your garden to your liking. This also makes it possible to mix up the colors and placements, as well as to replace seasonal plants!
Change Your Tools
When you plant your vegetable garden, you can expect to be on your hands and knees a lot of the time. You will have to do this when you dig the holes for your veggies. Sadly, this will eventually take a toll on your body. If you want to improve and simplify the process, you should invest in a pothole digger. By doing this, you can quickly make a couple of holes deep enough for your plants. The method will shorten the time it takes to dig a hole. Trust us, your hands and back will appreciate it.
Plant Soda Cans
It is a good idea to add old soda cans to the bottom of your deep planter. Do this before you add the shrub. The cans will make air pockets that will keep the soil aerated. This is ideal if you want the ground to be healthy for your greens. It goes without saying that the healthier the soil, the healthier the plant!
While your plant probably grows in a designated pot, it does not mean that it has to stay there for the rest of its life. There are times when you will buy shrubs that you feel like replanting. If it is not that, maybe you want to move the plants around. It is not a good idea to pull the plants up because you are risking damaging the root and the shrub itself. You can prevent this by using a sharp knife to cut down the sides of your pat. When there is enough room, gently pull the plant out to keep the surrounding soil as intact as possible. This method is the best way to keep the plant in good shape as you replant it.
Make Edging Easier
While you are edging the garden, one of the biggest challenges waiting for you would be the creation of a straight line surrounding the area. The good news is that you can fix this easily. You only have to put down a 2 x 6 board at the end of the garden. Keep the board straight and plant your foot above it to keep it from moving. After that, shove a spade into the ground at the end of this board. Use it to leave a line until you get to the end of the board. Keep doing it around your garden and only move the board as necessary. When you are finished, you can admire your beautifully straight and clean line.
Use Old Sponges
You should not only be concerned with underwatering your garden because overwatering is also bad for your plants. If the water starts to settle at the bottom of your pot, the roots might rot and kill the plant. You need to maintain a balance! This can be achieved by adding old sponges to the bottom of your pot. This is a good way to soak up the excess water but maintain enough moisture.
Take Care of Your Tools
If you want to take good care of your garden, you should not neglect your tools. The only thing you need to ensure that they are in good shape would be mineral oil, clean sand, and a bucket. Add the sand to the bucket because it is going to let you just stick your equipment in. It is going to stay upright, so all you will need to do would be to grab the one you need. When you are done using the tool, just spritz some mineral oil onto it and return it to the sand. Your tolls will stay clean and sharp thanks to the oil!
Create a Little Greenhouse
If you have a hard time getting the cuttings or seeds started in the garden, you might want to try a small at-home greenhouse. Just take a 2-liter bottle and peel off the label. After this, take off the bottom of the bottle and put it over the soil where the seeds are. This will serve as a tiny greenhouse that will let the seeds grow without the interference of various environmental factors. As soon as the seeds are done germinating, you can get rid of the bottle and let the plants grow by themselves.
Use A PVC Pipe
If there are dense plants in your garden, you might have a hard time fertilizing the whole place. After all, the density will make it harder for the fertilizer to get to the base of your plant. A PVC pipe can help. Just make a 45-degree angle cut at the top of it for a bigger opening. After this, you can put the opposite end at the base of whichever plant you need to fertilize. You can simply pour fertilizer into the pipe – just make sure that it will land where it has to!
There are times when hungry deer or rabbits turn your garden into their very own feeding ground. They will eat at your greenery and destroy everything you have worked so hard to grow. Who would have thought that you can use soap to put a stop to this? You can shred soap and scatter the bits among the plants. However, you need to leave only a healthy amount of shavings – the entire ground should not be covered by it! The soapy scent will ward off the hungry animals so that they would not damage the plants. You will have to add more soap when it gets washed away, but it is not all that hard to do this.
When you are done planting the garden, the next thing to do is to lay down the mulch. Before you can do that, it is a good idea to add a protective measure to keep the garden weed-free. You just need to put cardboard pieces on the ground around the plants before you add the mulch. Put the mulch on top of the cardboard after that. The cardboard is great at preventing the growth of weeds!
If you are trying to save some space in the garden, you should make a vertical planter with the use of an over-the-door shoe rack. You should stick a couple of holes at the bottom of every pocket to let the water drain. Fill every one of those with soil. Once you are done with that, you can plant whatever you want in each section. This is a useful method if you want to create an at-home herb garden. You can simply loop the organizer over an outdoor door. That is all there is to it!
Use Your Muffin Tin
When you plant a garden, you must be mindful of the spacing of your plants. You need to leave enough room for the shrubs to grow. However, you need to ensure that they are spaced evenly. For the perfect layout, you can use a muffin tin. Push one into the soil of the area that you want to put the plant in. Keep doing this to the rest of the garden. After this, put the seeds in the pits for perfectly-spaced plants!
Raised Garden Bed
If you want to spice things up, you should consider a raised garden. This lets you separate certain plants from the rest. Sadly, it can be hard to put a raised garden bed if you do not have one built beforehand. Luckily, you can do this easily and quickly by buying a couple of cinderblocks. Simply arrange the blocks in a rectangle and add fresh soil to the middle of every one of them. Fill the big area in the middle with fresh soil as well. You can put the shrubs in the space to create a confined area that is easy to deal with.
When the seeds have been planted in the ground, the next challenge would be the keep them straight. You should use pot markers if you want to ensure that they are growing there. You can save old wine corkers and use skewers to spear them if you want to make labels of your own. After that, scribble the plant name on the cork. When the labels are done, simply stick the skewers right beside the plant!
While you do not want some animals and bugs in your garden, there are a few that are welcome. Bees pose no threat to garden plants. On top of this, the environment benefits from the way they pollinate. You can bring them over to your garden by adding a watering hole. You only need to get a small dish and add a small amount of water to it. You can put rocks at the bottom of the dish to give the insects a place to stand on. Leave the dish near the garden so that they can quench their thirst without fear of dying!
Every garden needs a watering can! You do not need to break the bank for this tool. You can simply get a gallon jug and fashion one out of it. After you are done with the contents, clean the jug, and remove the cap. Add a couple of small holes into the top of the cap. When you are done doing that, you only need to add water to the jug and put the cap back in place. Voila!
Improved Garden Soil
It is impossible to have a thriving garden if you do not have good soil. You will see your plants grow bigger, healthier, and stronger if the soil boasts lots of nutrients. If you want to boost the soil, you can rely on kitchen leftovers. Coffee grounds, eggshells, and banana peels are good at boosting the nutrients in your soil. Simply plant them in the garden to make it more fertile.
Even animals with no interest in using your plants as food might still walk all over the garden and ruin everything that you worked so hard to achieve. If you want them out of there, you should get plastic forks. Just stick the utensils into the soil with the pointy sides up. Trust us, these intruders will no longer damage your plants!
DIY Insect Spray
Even though weed spray will ward off pesky and unwanted plants, an insect spray is what you need to get rid of bugs that eat your plants. Most gardens will attract everything from mosquitoes to snails. If you want to solve this problem, you only have to combine a good dose of mint and garlic. After that, just put it in a spray bottle and use as needed. Talk about a cheap and natural way to keep the pesky things at bay!
Planting fragrant flowers adds another dynamic to your garden aesthetic. Not only will you have beautiful florals to look at but you will be welcomed with sweet scents too. The most fragrant flowers include roses, peonies, and lilacs. Vines such as jasmine can also add the same dynamic to your porch or patio.
You may not have space for an entire vegetable garden but herbs are easy to grow and can be done so in smaller spacing. This can even be done in a container somewhere. Herbs are eager growers and do not need too much attention- mint also smells fabulous.
This is a great tip to add a lush feeling to your porch or patio. Tropical foliage all does well in shaded areas and gives a jungle aesthetic to your garden or chill area. Foliage plants also help cleanse air indoors of toxins if you want to bring one inside.
Native perennials are species that are indigenous and adapted to that specific environment and the soil in that specific place. These plants are also adapted to things such as rainfall. These plants have grown in the area and you can ask your nursery what works best in your region.
Covering Up With Vines
Whether it be for some backyard privacy or used as a fence, vines do a great job. A flowering vine can create a cover-up and simply be beautiful. Fast-growing vines include sweet peas, morning glory, and cup-and-saucer. Simple and manageable but they do require some attention.
Adding a thick layer of mulch around your garden whether it be the shrubs, landscaping, or plants it will definitely cut your de-weeding time to almost nothing. You can use any kind of mulch and it will save you time in the long-run. Mulches made from plant materials break down and can be refreshed every few years.
When To Prune?
The best time to prune spring flowers such as lilacs, climbing roses and other large flowers is immediately after the blooms fade away. If you prune these in autumn or winter you will be removing the next springs flower buds.
Plant Spring-Blooming Bulbs
These florals such as tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths should be planted before fall before the ground freeze over. The best way is to plant the bulb in a hole three times the length of the actual bulb. Simply wait till the following season.
Avoid Wet Soil
Planting and working in wet soil damages the soil structure which means it will not work to its full potential. It is definitely better to simply wait until the soil is crumbly and no longer forms a wet ball in your hands- this will also be more productive.
Why We Don’t Love Walnut Trees
Walnut trees produce a substance known as juglone- this comes from the roots. The substance is toxic to multiple sun-loving garden plants such as tomatoes and potatoes. The toxic zone ranges from 50-80 feet away from the trunk.