6 Eco Friendly Garden Tips

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Gardening, like anything else, is easier when you have the right tools and know the right short cuts.

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Here are a few tips that you’ll find make your life easier and make gardening more fun:

 

  • Don’t like wearing gloves when you garden?  No problem. Take a bar of soap and run your fingernails into it so that you have soap on and under the nails.  You can now put your hands in the dirt without having to scrub it out from under your fingernails for hours afterwards.  If you’re gardening with bare hands, invest in some heavy duty gardener’s hand cream to moisturize them afterwards so they don’t get rough and hard.
  • Use the water left over when you steam your vegetables and pour it onto your pot plants.  It’s full of nutrients and plants love it.
  • Save your coffee grinds and tea bags!  Dig them into your flower beds – plants love coffee grinds! Hydrangeas, Rhododendrons and other acidic loving plants benefit greatly.
  • Got bugs?  Little pests like aphids can be blasted off plants with a spray of water.  Just be sure not to break the plant. Or you can pick them off with sticky tape or masking tape.  It’s gross but it works!
  • Put your wheelbarrow to work when you’re potting.  Put a plank across the top of the wheelbarrow and rest the plants on the plank along with your tools.  In the wheelbarrow put your potting mix. Voila!  A mobile potting table!
  • Use a mixture of vinegar and water to do clean up outside.  Whether it’s garden tools or crusty terracotta pots, this mixture is eco-friendly and works like a charm!

Gardener Newbie? Easy Gardening Tips To Get You Going

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So you’ve decided that it’s time to garden but you feel overwhelmed.  Don’t panic, we have easy tips to help you make a success of your gardening efforts.

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Take inventory

For an existing garden:

If you’ve inherited a garden someone else planted then the best way to begin is to take some notes and pictures so that you can speak with your friendly horticulturalist at the local garden center.

Take a series of pictures of the garden layout, then photograph each plant close up.  You may not know what the plants are so the photos will help the garden center identify them for you.

For a new garden:

Make a note of what you like and don’t like.

Walk around your neighborhood to see what looks good in the surrounding gardens.  Taking pictures will help your garden center both identify the plant and tell you whether it’s likely to do well in your garden.

Take a picture of the garden area and make notes of the sun /shade patterns.

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Dream and Plan:

For both new and existing gardens:

Look at garden pictures online and in magazines. Save the pictures that you like.  Make a note of what you’d like your garden to look and feel like.What does your dream garden look like?  If you’re going to start gardening, you may as well work towards making that dream a reality.

Also make a note of your lifestyle.

Do you have lots of time to garden?  Do you love being outdoors? Do you want something low maintenance and functional?

All these details will help your garden center advise you about how to plan and plant a garden or plan and alter a garden to suit your specific requirements.

Put the Plan on Paper:

Mapping out your dream garden layout and the plants you want to surround yourself with is the best way to figure out what you’ll need to make that dream come true.

It will help you, together with your garden center horticulturalist, figure out exactly how many of each variety you’ll need and the tools you’ll need.  All this will help you work out what it will all cost.  If it’s beyond your budget, you can still work towards the end goal, but just scale it down by either doing a section of the garden as you can afford to, or by planting a ‘skeleton’ garden that can be fleshed out later.

 

Don’t have space for a vegetable garden? Use a Container

If you don’t have space for a full out vegetable garden, you can still grow veggies! Just do it in a container!

Growing vegetables in a container is very similar to growing flowers in a container. The video above gives you quick step by step instructions.

Step 1:

Choose your container

Step 2:

Choose your vegetables according to similarities in the type of environment they’ll do best in.  For instance, if the container is to be in full sun, choose vegetables that all like full sun.  If some like shade and some like sun, only some of them will be happy and grow healthy.

Step 3:

Add good quality potting mix to the container

Step 4:

Soak the vegetable plants in the nursery pots in water until the soil around the roots is wet

Step 5:

Remove the vegetable plants from the nursery pots and untangle the roots if they are at all root bound

Step 6:

Plant them in the container at the same depth they were in the nursery pot

Step 7:

Water well and make sure you water again when the soil begins to dry out.