Gardening is a hobby that can relieve stress, provide a colorful area on your property, and potentially let you enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Of course, gardening is not as simple as putting a seed in the ground and waiting. You will have to keep certain considerations in mind, including what you can grow in your climate, what you can build with the tools you have, and any number of other needs that will come about when gardening. That is why this article will provide you with five useful tips to help you produce a successful garden this season.
- Knowing Your Space
When you are designing your garden, spacing is a very important factor for the success of your plants. You do not want to bunch up all your plants in one area, because they won’t have the space above or below ground to soak up the sun’s rays and the ground’s nutrients. Proper spacing ensures that both the leaves and the roots of the plant get an adequate amount of area to spread out and thrive. Simply use the tools you have with you to measure out the space. You can even take a long handled tool like a rake or shovel and mark the handle like a ruler with centimeters, inches, and feet markings. This way you can lay the tool down and space your plants with what you already have on you.
- Keeping It Clean
One great thing about gardening is throwing all sense of cleanliness out the window and digging down into the dirt. At times this can be inconvenient, such as occasions when you just need to perform a quick gardening task but want to keep your hands clean for an appointment later. One useful trick would be to run your fingernails over a bar of soap, trapping some of it underneath the nails. This will prevent your fingernails from collecting dirt and once you’re done, you can just wash your hands and the soap will come right out.
- Safe and Warm
Gardening can be a year round experience with the right kind of climate and the use of proper plants for the season. Of course, even in Georgia, you might get a cold snap or a sudden freeze that can leave your plants out in the cold and dead before the sun comes back. If your garden is in danger of coming into contact with ice or snow and you don’t have the means of bringing them inside, your best bet might be to use flower pots, milk jugs, and other kinds of household containers. You simply need to find something big enough to cover the plant from the elements. Place the container upside-down over the plant to shield it from the freezing rain, sleet, or snow.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Your Water!
Boiling or steaming your vegetables can use up a lot of water when you are cooking, and most people just pour the water down the sink when they are finished. Instead of wasting so much water, the plants in your garden could make good use of it. You would be amazed at how well your plants respond to water that has boiled vegetables for an extended period of time.
- Who Needs Dangerous Chemicals?
When you have planted new seeds in your garden, fungus is something that can be an issue. It can attack your seeds and prevent them from growing into the desired plants quite quickly, and stopping the fungus may be difficult if you don’t know it has become an issue until it is too late. Fortunately, there are many fungicides on the market to keep fungus from growing on your property. On the other hand if you don’t want to use harsh chemicals on your garden, especially the case that you are growing organic fruits and vegetables, you can stop fungus from killing off your seedlings by simply pouring chamomile tea around the base of your plants and near the seeds. This is a safe and easy way of keeping fungus at bay in your garden, while letting the plants you want to be there grow. Performing a soil nutrients test can also uncover underlying problems that may cause fungal growth.
Gardening is a great activity to better your home and provide you with a rewarding hobby to share with others. There are many tips and tricks that you can employ to create the garden you want to have and an expert on hand for the more complicated tasks can always be helpful. Gardening is supposed to be fun, so if something becomes an issue, trust that there will always be something you can do!