Gardening is a great, relaxing, and fulfilling hobby to have. It can help you unwind from a stressful day, gets you in touch with nature, and is very satisfying. While some people have a natural green thumb, others can find the task of gardening to be daunting. After all, there are lots of ins and outs to learn and not everyone has that natural instinct. If you don’t fall in the “green thumb” category, don’t worry. There are lots of tips and tricks you can use to become a great gardener in no time! Keep reading for some simple tips that any brand new or seasoned gardener can use.
10. Prevent Dirty Nails
Getting your hands in the dirt is appealing to some people. But if you hate having dirty fingernails and don’t any gardening gloves on hand, there is a simple way for you to prevent dirty fingernails. For this trick, all you’ll need is a bar of soap. You’ll take your bar of soap and “scratch” it with your finger nails. This will form a kind of seal/blockage under your nails prevent dirt from getting under them. It will also wash off quickly when you are done with your gardening project.
9. Measuring Tool
Many plants require a certain amount of distance between themselves and other plants. Usually you would use a measuring tape or ruler to do so. Instead of using a yard stick or measuring tape to plot out your garden, you can use a long-handled, frequently used tool, like a shovel. Take a measuring tape and a permanent marker to mark the measurements on the handle. Measuring distance between plants has never been so convenient!
8. Oil Your Tools
Weed trimmers are a handy tool for larger gardens. To prevent yours from getting jammed or breaking, lubricate the string trimmer with a little vegetable oil before inserting the string.
7. Cleaning Pots
Clay pots are the most frequently used for outdoor plants that are not in the ground, however, they can become weathered and dirty if you don’t take care of them. The best way to remove salt deposits from clay pots, is to scrub your pot with a brush and solution made of white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water. Spray the solution on, give it a good scrub, and let dry before planting.
6. Soil Acidity
If you have planted flowers or other plants that thrive in acidic soil, such as gardenias, you can add used coffee grounds to increase the acidity of the soil. This is a great way to repurpose grounds from your daily single-use coffee pods as well. A quarter of an inch worth of coffee grounds keeps the pH more acidic for about a month.
5. Protecting Plants from Frost
This tip is not needed in all climates, but if you live in a region that experiences cold weather, you can use small pots as a cover, or cloche, in a pinch to protect newer plants from unexpected freezes and frosts. By doing so, you will ensure that your newly sprouted plants get a fair chance at survival.
4. Garden Markers
Garden markers provide a great aesthetic to your garden, but they are also very useful! Instead of purchasing pre-made markers that can cost a bundle, use stones or river rock to make your own. You can paint them, use markers, or other decorations to make them unique to your style.
3. Tame Your Hose
Is your garden hose always in the way? Use a large clay pot and transform it into a home for your hose. You can secure the pot in the dirt or grass by sticking a piece of rebar through the drainage hole in the pot into the ground. The bar can also be a guide for wrapping your hose more neatly.
If you frequently boil or steam your fresh grown veggies, save the left over water, let cool, and use it to water your plants. They love the nutrients left over from the cooked vegetables, and you’ll be eating healthy at the same time!
Do your research before jumping in! Some plants and veggies can be planted directly as seeds, however, others need to be planted as seedlings to reach their full potential. Carrots, zucchini and watermelon seeds can be planted directly. Tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and cabbage should be planted as seedlings. By growing your own vegetables you can save time by running to the market less, along with saving some money.
Hopefully these gardening tips will help you to start or improve your garden. Working in the garden should be fun and relaxing, so don’t take it too seriously and know that you’ll probably have a couple mishaps. But, by employing some of these tips, you’ll be on your way to a beautiful and bountiful garden in no time.