6 Eco Friendly Garden Tips

spring is almost here

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

eco friendly gardening tips

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!

May Gardening Tips:

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May Gardening Tips:


It’s May, it’s getting warmer, it’s time to think about making your garden pretty and productive!

It’s the time to put your landscaping plans into action and take a few basic steps to ensure that your garden looks great during the rest of spring and early summer.

Here are a few things you’ll want to begin doing during this late Spring phase:

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  • Begin removing those early Spring annuals that are beginning to look a little shabby
  • Start mixing in some slow-release fertilizer to rejuvenate the soil
  • Add mulch to the garden so that as the weather warms the ground has better moisture retention and nutrients
  • Start thinking about where you want to plant those warm weather annuals and what colors you want to dominate. Petunias, marigolds and other summer favorites are already showing up in the garden center.
  • Get those containers and planters prepared with sea soil. Sea soil is also great to add to your garden beds.
  • If you want to grow veggies, you can begin planting seedlings as soon as the danger of frost is over. Check in with us to see what’s available and the best time to plant outside. It’s a good time for planting summer bulbs as well. Think gladioli, canna lilies, and begonias.
  • If you’re using containers in sheltered areas you should be able to begin planting things such as tomatoes, peppers and some herbs right now.
  • Now’s the time to begin dividing those perennials that are starting become a little crowded.
  • Remember to continue dead-heading the dead flowers on plants that are blooming right now if you want them to continue blooming for as long as possible.
  • It’s also time to prune evergreens before it gets too hot
  • Prune spring blooming shrubs and trees once they’ve finished blooming.
  • Provide support such as stakes or lattices for those plants that are growing lanky and tall and need a little extra help.

If you need advice, or if you are looking for gardening equipment or the healthiest plants in the Fraser Valley, please visit us at Tanglebank Gardens. We have professional horticulturalists on staff who are happy to help!