It’s gardening season, so I thought I would dig around the internet and put together a few tips and tricks and a couple of books you can purchase to help you garden a little easier.
1. To prevent getting dirt under your fingernails while gardening, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them. When you are done, clean it out and voila, no dirt.
2. Egg cartons are great seed starters. Punch a hole in the bottom for drainage, fill with potting soil and plant your seeds. When it comes time to plant, you can plant the egg carton all in the ground as well.
3. On the topic of eggs, eggshells make an amazing fertilizer because they are rich in calcium carbonate. Try crushing them up in a blender before throwing them in your garden to enrich the soil.
4. If you can, compost all paper, vegetable and fruit wastes which would normally be put into the garbage (banana peels, strawberry tops, carrot and potato slicings, waste from a fridge-cleaning, etc.).
6. One way to dry herbs quickly: lay a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car, arrange the herbs in a single layer, then roll up the windows and close the doors. Your herbs will be quickly dried and your car will smell good.
7. Compost Tea. No, you can’t drink it - it’s for your garden. To make it, mix equal parts compost and water and let it sit. Pour this liquid directly onto the soil around your plants. For smaller seeds, dilute it to 4 parts water to 1 part compost. Any compost that hasn’t gone into solution can be used to make more tea or used in your garden.
8. To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer.
9. Check a couple of eco-friendly ways to keep your garden pest free.
10. Plant in odd numbers: This is an easy way to make your garden look more balanced and pleasing to the eye. Why? This composition looks more natural than even numbered groupings and gives off the illusion that plants are bigger and healthier.
11. Plant placement: To prevent taller plants from casting shadows over small crops, plant your shorter plants on the south side of your garden.
12. Little clay pots make great cloches for protecting young plants from sudden, overnight frosts and freezes.
13. Have salt deposits on your clay pots? It’s easy to remove! Combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.
15. Use the water you use for cooking (pasta, boiling veggies) in your garden. Why? It is full of left over vitamins and nutrients. Instead of throwing it away, let it cool to room temperature and then use it to water you plants.
16. Natural fungicide: Cinnamon: Mix in your potting soil when planting seeds to prevent damping off of the seedlings. Chamomile Tea: Just add a spot of tea to the soil around the base of seedlings once a week or use it as a foliar spray.
17. Lay a long-handled garden tool on the ground, and next to it place a tape measure. Using a permanent marker, write inch and foot marks on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance apart (from just an inch to several feet) you’ll already have a measuring device in your hand.
18. Companion Planting is an excellent way to naturally keep pesticides out while help assist each other in nutrient uptake, pest control, pollination, and other factors necessary to increasing crop productivity.
19. Check out this list of 18 foods you can regrow from scraps in your kitchen.
If that’s not enough, I went through amazon and picked out 5 books with high ratings with even more tips and tricks!
• Garden Way’s Joy of Gardening [Paperback | Kindle Edition] Cost: $17.82 (paperback), $11.99 (kindle edition)
• 101 Organic Gardening Tips [Paperback | Kindle Edition] Cost: $9.99 (paperback), $2.99 (kindle edition)
• Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Self-Sufficiency from Asparagus to Zucchini (Mini Farming Guides) [Paperback | Kindle Edition] Cost: $11.41 (paperback), $9.99 (kindle edition)What tips do you have to add?
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