Garden Tips for Spring
Spring is here, and it’s time to start gardening! When starting your garden, here are some helpful tips:
- Install chicken wire into the dirt and plant your flower in the openings. This prevents critters from digging up your plants, and also helps to ensure your flowers are equally spaced apart from one another (to help promote an even appearance in your flowers).
- Use nylon netting to create an improvised enclosure. Nylon netting is a great alternative to pesticides to keep bugs out of your garden. Build a small structure around the outside of your garden, and fasten nylon netting to the structure to create a small garden house.
- Raised garden beds make gardening easier! Just a few inches off the ground could be a lifesaver for your back and knees. Planting your garden in a raised garden bed also allows you the added space and ability to use other soil options (without accidentally mixing in the soil from your yard). For areas such as Florida, where the soil is almost sandy in texture, this could help provide a greener and healthier garden.
- Use flat stones as a more attractive way to mark the plants you’re growing. Often times, especially in veggie gardens, placing a small card in your garden helps to keep track of what’s growing where. Instead, use a small flat stone, and write the plant (using a permanent marker) on the face.
- Don’t waste your boiled/cooking water! When you’re cooking pasta, veggies, or other items – save the water. The nutrients and vitamins that seep out can also help to nourish your garden – and reduce your waste. Let the water cool down and then sprinkle it on your plants.
- “Feed” the soil. This is a common misunderstanding when gardening. Don’t “feed” the plants, but instead “feed” the soil. Healthy plants start at the roots.
- Try planting at night. This is one of those strange things, but plants actually seem to do better when you plant them by moonlight instead of sunlight. The sun often causes soil to lose some of its moisture, which also affects how well your plants grow. By planting at night you’re reducing the amount of water being wasted.
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