Gardening tips

Add Calcium to your soil with eggshells

Place eggshells around the bottoms of plants to add calcium to the soil – an added perk, the shells also discourage pests and small bugs.  Plants in the species: Brassica oleracea are especially hungry for extra calcium, those are plants like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and more.  To help the eggshells be absorbed more quickly into your garden – stick them into the blender and powderize them.  Your garden will thank you.

Fork Your Garden to keep the critters out.

Plastic forks inserted stem side down into the ground can help keep little critters away from small plants. Use biodegradable forks (not pictured) plastic can leech into the soil.  We want your plants to be as healthy as possible.  Totally going to try it this year to deter our annual bunny invaders.

Create a Self-Watering Garden

Super EASY gardening tricks:  If you are going out of town and want to make sure that your plants get enough water while you are gone?? Use an old water bottle or even a milk jug.  Poke small holes into the sides of the bottle.  Then, you can bury it in the ground, so that the water doesn’t evaporate as it drips slowly into the soil.  Your plants will thank you when you go on vacation.

When watering indoor plants add 1 tsp. hydrogen peroxide per 1 litre of water to inhibit fungal disease in the plants.

Hydrogen peroxide increase the oxygen going to the soil, which inhibits fungal and bacterial soil diseases that thrive in anaerobic conditions.

Don’t buy fresh seed every year — pre-germinate your seed and plant it.

Buying seed is expensive.  Most of us have older packages of seed in storage, and buy new seed, just in case.  Instead pre – germinate your seed and only plant the seed that germinates.  100% germination rate.  Large seeds like peas, beans and corn can easily be soaked overnight like sprouts, then rinsed and drained for a few days until the seed coat splits and a tiny root appears.  Plant immediately.  Smaller seed can be germinated on a damp paper towel, inside a plastic sandwich bag and planted into pots, one seed per pot, to grow until the soil warms up.  While it seems like a bit of extra work, it allows you to plant for proper spacing and you don’t lose time to unnecessary thinning.  The key for this to work is to make sure soil temperatures are adequate before planting outside. As one of the simplest gardening tricks, it is especially relevant if you are planting expensive seed. General germination testing will also help you determine what less-expensive seed you need to replace.

Plant varieties that will mature in the amount of frost free days that you have.

Many vegetables have several options to chose from in seed catalogues.  For instance, when looking at cabbages there are some varieties that will be ready to pick in only 65 days, such as the hybrid savoy cabbage “Alcosa,” while others, usually called “Main Season-types” can need as long as 110 days.  By choosing varieties for shorter growing seasons, I can usually get a harvest.  So when choosing your veggie seeds, consider how long your growing season is and choose accordingly.

Don’t forget to use a seed starter kit

Using a seed kit that includes is a simple, almost assured way to get your plant to bud. These single or multipurpose trays provide optimal germination conditions for your seed. This helps you to start the growing process indoors when it is too early to plant outdoors, and then later put it in the field when it is good enough.

Get some equipment

In the modern world, there is plenty of equipment and infrastructure that can contribute to making your garden activities more efficient. But they don’t need many resources or large investments for them. You don’t need a wide package of types of equipment that would make a gardener, but gardeners need some important types of equipment to get going. You could get into a serious mess easily without the necessary equipment, or any toolkits at all. Breathable, water-resistant gloves, pruners, loppers, a hand trowel, a spade, a rake, a hoe, a garden fork, a hose with an adjustable nozzle, a watering wand or watering bucket, and a wheelbarrow are some of the important items.

Design a basic structure about garden

That now you understand how your soil is, what kind of plant species you can grow, and where you’ll put your new garden, spend some time designing that out before you start work. It will support you double-check the proper optimization of your space.

Think about raised garden beds

You would like to set yourselves up for future success when you’re new to gardening, and a raised garden bed might be the smartest method to do that, even though it may require more work upfront. In a raised garden bed, you would have more control over the soil and easier control over weed and pest. Most of Gardening Service expertise also mostly recommend inexperienced gardeners to create raised beds. They are incredibly helpful in separating plants as per their needs. You will grow various sets of plants in raised beds, all clustered in respective sections.