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How to Become a Gardening Expert

Updated on February 19, 2017

Treat Your Garden with Love

Using a brace or a stake is very important when it comes to planting tomatoes. Without support tomatoes will lean down to the ground.
Using a brace or a stake is very important when it comes to planting tomatoes. Without support tomatoes will lean down to the ground.
Tilling a garden before planting seeds is vital in producing fruits, vegetables and even flowers. Tilling the ground is very helpful in growing plants.
Tilling a garden before planting seeds is vital in producing fruits, vegetables and even flowers. Tilling the ground is very helpful in growing plants. | Source
Mixing manure and potting soil are very important before you actually plant any seeds. Always get all of the rocks out of the garden.
Mixing manure and potting soil are very important before you actually plant any seeds. Always get all of the rocks out of the garden. | Source
This is a nice set of gardening tools for pruning and loosening dirt around your plants. Keeping those weeds out of the way you will help in growing better plants.
This is a nice set of gardening tools for pruning and loosening dirt around your plants. Keeping those weeds out of the way you will help in growing better plants. | Source

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Gardening Tips

Prepping and tilling the soil:

To have a successful garden, it is important to prep your soil and decide what items you will be planting. It is good to till the soil. In my case, the garden spot has a ton of rocks in it so, by tiling the ground, this gets down deep into the soil and will allow you to get the rocks out of the way. You want good soil, not rocks. It is a good idea to wear safety goggles and also wear gloves. Since you are using the tiller, please protect you eyes from injury by wearing goggles. Gloves will keep your hands from getting cut to pieces and to help you keep your hands blister free and keep dirt from under your fingernails.

If you have problems with mosquitoes, plant some marigolds in various places in the garden. These are a repellent for mosquitoes. They really do repel the mosquitoes! Who knew?

Start you seeds indoors:

It's advisable to get cheap plastic containers/flats that already have seedlings that are just popping up above the soil. Put these flats at your windows as early as March 1st. The reason for this, it that if you plant seedlings before April 1st outdoors, they will freeze and kill the roots and die.

Manage your garden:

Planting marigolds keeps the insects away from your vegetables.

A tip to keeping birds out of the garden is to put up a fake owl in the garden.

Transfer seeds from indoors to outdoors and planting new seeds:


You need to make some rows using the garden hoe. With your finally tilled soil already in place, use the handle of the garden hoe to make nice little holes for your seeds. Make sure that each hole is six inches apart from each other. Carefully put the plants that you have started indoors into the holes that you have prepared. For extra dirt, get fresh potting soil to place around each plant. This will give your new plant extra nutrients that it needs to grow. These indoor plants shouldn't be planted until after April 1st, to make sure there's no more threat of frost.

On additional rows you can begin to plant seeds now that all of the frost is gone. You should see seeds start to sprout within six to eight weeks of being planted, for most veggies.

A very important object to have in a garden, is to have a fake owl in the edge of the garden or something flashy like an aluminum pan or an old CD. This will keep pesky birds away that like to feed on the freshly planted seeds. The birds will just eat the seeds right out the ground they also, will eat the corn kernels right off of the stalk. You may go out there to pick a good ear of corn and there will be kernels missing.

Take care of your growing fruits and vegetables:

When growing watermelons, honeydew and cantaloupes that you thin out every other one to ensure growth of the remaining melons. If the watermelons have twelve softball size melons on the vine, you should get rid of six of them to allow more room for the other melons. With squash and okra, these have to be picked daily and they will reproduce in more abundance each time. These plants are easy to take care of and they will produce so much food for you, that you might have to give some away.

Taking care of your tomato plants:


It is important that you support your tomato plants with stakes or something to support the weight of the plants. If the tomato plants are not supported properly they can bend and possibly break from the wind.
Plenty of sun, water and plant food are needed for a successful garden. Whether you use a water spicket or you count on the rain, your garden needs to be watered everyday. I recommend using a plant food once a week.

It is important to note that once your plants appear to be growing, your job has only just begun. Pruning around the plants to keep weeds away is like a part-time job. This job is not only tedious but, you also have to be careful not to cut the roots. In particularly, pepper and tomato plants because, they will not grow back.

You want to keep your soil fresh and fertilized. Also important to mention, is the fact that you need to water your plants at least five days a week unless of course, it rains a good bit. Keeping the soil loose around the plants will help in the aid of the growing plant. For this job, I would advice using the hand held hoe so that you have more control over where you are working.

Ants beds can be very difficult. Remember not to ant killer on an ant bed located in your garden as this will possibly kill the root of your plants. Really, the only choice you have to try to get rid of the ant bed is to get a hoe and a shovel, try not to hit the roots of the plant, get the ants onto the shovel as quickly as possible and get rid of them and get out of there. The only true way to kill them is with fire.

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Tools You Will Need

To help you get the tools that you need from their home in the garage to the area where you are working is The Little Red Wagon. I had one of these as a child. Not only are they fun but, they are handy for kind of small jobs around the house. Here are a few of the items that I use when working in the garden. All of the items listed below I would haul in my red wagon from the garage to the garden.

Tiller

Garden Hoe

Maddock

Shovel

Wheelbarrow

Buckets

Manure

Potting Soil

Gardening Gloves

Gardening Stool or Knee Pad

Safety Goggles

Clippers

Gardening Shears

Pruners

Ax

Chainsaw

If your yard is large and you have a lot of trees, you will need the more powerful tools to cut branches and a chainsaw would definitely come in handy. It is also good to have a small, medium, or large size utility trailer. These come in very handy for hauling off debris such as limbs and brush, grass that is raked up from the yard and bushes that have to be trimmed.. Having a large yard can be challenging but, can be very rewarding and a great stress reliever.

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© 2013 Buster Johnson

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