When you think about gardening, you might have images of little old ladies hunched over a rose bush, carefully clipping away the dead leaves. Maybe you think of a father teaching his children the difference between a weed and a young plant starting to grow. The truth is, gardening is an activity that can be done at any age and in any environment. Why you could live in the middle of the city and still have a small garden in your home. The garden may be small, but it can still be done! The tips and tricks you find in this article will help you create your very own garden; whether you are planting a flower garden, vegetable and herb garden, or you are caring for your trees and shrubs.
1. Edging Your Garden With Cinder Blocks
If you want to keep your new garden simple, neat and organized, regardless of what you are growing, use cinder blocks to keep the garden contained. Inside the holes in the cinder blocks, you can plant flowers or fruit (strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries). The small holes are a great way to keep plants organized and separated, but still, create a nice edging for a larger garden.
2. Watering Your Plants With Plastic Water Bottles
If there is anything that we have an overabundance of, it has got to be water bottles—whether it is the large 2-liter bottles or a 16-ounce bottle. If you poke holes in the bottle and bury them in the soil near your plants (be sure to leave the top above the ground), you can fill the water bottle. By doing this, your plants will absorb the water as the soil dries. Because the bottle is buried, the water will reach the deeper roots, watering your plants and not the weeds. Also, since the water is on the cool ground, you don’t have to worry about wasting water due to evaporation or overwatering.
3. Planting Plant Containers for Easy Gardening
Do you want to have a seasonal flower bed that doesn’t require you digging in the dirt every few months to change out the flowers? A simple solution to this common problem is by planting empty pots in the soil. Then whenever you want to change the flowers in the garden, simply fill the pot with a potted plant. Yes, having a beautiful garden really is that easy!
4. Plant an Egg
Instead having to spend a lot of money on fertilizer and plant food that may or may not be good for your plants, why not try planting a raw egg in a pot? By putting the raw egg (still in the shell) in the pot and then planting your plant on top, the egg will decompose and will act as a natural fertilizer for the plant. Hey, eggs are a great source of nutrients for people, and the shells are often used in compost, so it would only make sense to plant the egg!
5. Recycle Small Plastic Pots
When you first start your garden, you’re probably going to have an abundance of small plastic pots with holes in the bottom. Instead of throwing these containers away, flip them over and use them to take up space in large planters. By using these smaller containers to fill in the bottom of a larger container, you’ll save soil (that stuff can get expensive and is heavy!), but you are also creating better aeration and drainage for the plants.
6. Create a Vertical Garden
If you are not fortunate enough to have a large outdoor space or a lot of counter space, but you want to enjoy fresh herbs, create a vertical garden for your herbs. How you make your vertical garden is entirely up to you, and with a bit of research, you can find a bunch of examples. Whatever you decide, you’ll find that by having fresh herbs right at your fingertips will enhance your food tenfold, plus add a bit of greenery to your home!
7. Collect Rain Water to Water Your Plants
With every rainfall, gallons upon gallons of water is falling from the sky. Sure, it waters your garden, but much of it ends up going down a sewer drain. Instead of letting this natural resource go to waste, you can create a rain barrel to collect the water so that you can use it in the future to water your garden. What’s even better is you get to conserve water and save on your water bill! How’s that for being thrifty and eco-friendly?
8. Paint Stones to Label Your Plants
You know how some people use popsicle sticks or those plastic labels that come with plants in their gardens? These things either disintegrate (the popsicle sticks) or they just look tacky (both). Tap into your creativity by painting rocks to label your plants. Not only is this a cheap trick, but it also adds a bit of color and personality to your garden.
9. Weed-Be-Gone With Last Week’s News
If you want to make sure that no weeds will grow in the mulched areas in your garden, lay newspaper down and put your gardening soil on top. You want to make sure that before putting the soil down, the newspaper is soaked thoroughly with water. You can also mix in your own compost with the soil to ensure your plants get plenty of nutrients so they will grow nicely. We recommend that you use about six to eight inches worth of soil, this way the roots have plenty of room to grow.
10. Use Corn Meal to Prevent Weeds
Let’s say you’ve taken the time to start your garden from scratch. You laid out the newspaper as suggested above and your plants are growing fantastically. It may have been a few months, and you want to ensure that no weeds start germinating in your garden. You can sprinkle cornmeal on the soil of your garden. The cornmeal acts as a birth control and will prevent the weeds from growing. We should also note that cornmeal prevents all seeds from growing, so make sure the seeds you do want to grow are already growing.
11. Critter Repellant
If you want to keep those fuzzy, garden loving critters like deer or rabbits from eating your plants and away from your garden, look no further than using a bar of Ivory soap. Cut the soap up into small pieces (or even use a cheese grater to create shavings) and sprinkle it around your plants. If you don’t want to have the soap come in contact with your plants, you can put larger pieces of the soap in dishes and put them around your garden. To keep the critters away, do this once a month.
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