Weeding is a seemingly-never ending task! The best time to weed is before a plant goes to seed, but that’s not always possible. If the weeds have gone too far, you’ll have to go through the garden with a shovel or hoe and get rid of any plants that might be harmful to your garden. Make sure you do this in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler outside. If all else fails, there’s also various weed killers on the market to help you care for your little patch of earth.
Mulch is one of those things that helps in a thousand different ways. It keeps weeds at bay, retains moisture in the soil, and helps keep the soil cool. It also keeps your garden looking tidy and neat while it breaks down over time to improve the soil.
Watering your plants is an essential way to keep them alive and thriving. It’s absolutely key that you water your plants regularly, and this can be done by using a sprinkler or watering them yourself with a hose. You’ll want to make sure that the container your plant is in has holes, so that if you do overwater them (which can happen especially with hand-watering), the extra water will flow out into the soil around the plant instead of remaining in the pot and potentially damaging it.
Testing the Soil
Gardening is a hobby that touches us all, and you can see the results of this host of experience in our backyard. I’m not just talking about the plants and flowers that thrive there, but also that we have an abundant supply of soil moisture.
Like most people, we don’t know what makes a soil good or bad. In fact, some plant varieties can’t survive in certain types of soil. Soil testing kits are great because they tell us what type of soil we have so we can do something about it.
Whatever you do, don’t think that pruning can only be done during the winter months. It’s a common misconception.
Proper pruning is an important part of keeping your garden healthy and full of life year round. You see, pruning is the act of cutting away dead or diseased portions of your plants so they can thrive and grow beautifully without being infected by whatever caused those branches to die in the first place.
For example: if you’ve got a rosebush that’s been looking a little pale lately and has some branches with brown leaves, those branches are probably infected with rust disease. Cutting them off immediately will help protect the rest of the bush from becoming infected!
Now, if you’re not familiar with proper pruning techniques it may seem daunting at first—but there’s absolutely no need to worry! With our handy guide on how to trim your rosebush back to health, helping your flowers blossom into their full potential will be as easy as 1-2-3 (you’ll see what we mean when you read through our guide).
Rotating Your Crops
One of the most important things you can do for your garden is to practice crop rotation. The idea is that you’ll grow different crops in the same plot each year, which will help keep pests and diseases away.
To implement this method, you should use a four-year rotation plan, with one year devoted to each of the following:
- Leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, and cabbage
- Root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, beets and onions
- Fruit or fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers
- Beans and peas
Companion planting is the practice of planting vegetables together that help each other grow. For instance, basil planted in with tomatoes will help repel hornworms and improve tomato flavor. Planting nasturtiums (an edible flower) with cucumber will improve its growth and yield by repelling aphids.
Now that you’ve got your garden space prepped, it’s time to make sure the place is spotless. Start by raking up all the debris and clearing any fallen branches or weeds from around the outside of your gardening area. This will prevent any mold or mildew buildup that could otherwise harm your new plants. After that, dust off all your tools before putting them away so they won’t rust. While you’re cleaning tools, make sure to check the garden shed for leaks—you don’t want to start growing only to have a surprise downpour ruin all those beautiful blooms. Oh! And while you’re in there, go through the old seeds and soil bags on the shelves to check if they can still be used; otherwise, get rid of them now so they don’t take up space when you need it most later on. Finally, examine each plant individually as a last step; if any plant doesn’t seem like it’ll weather another winter well enough to thrive when spring comes again next year, consider moving it somewhere indoors for safekeeping until its health improves again (or composting it if nothing else seems likely to work).
Start your spring garden in a great condition.
- Be sure to clean the right areas, and not just the ones that look dirty.
- Start cleaning the garden before spring, so you can properly prepare for growing season.
- Use a rake to clear away leaves and other yard waste, like dead branches or leaves that have fallen from trees nearby. Cleaning your garden early will make it easier to plant new plants in the springtime!
- Rake up any weeds or grass clippings left behind during fall cleanup (these can be composted). If there’s still some moisture on top of soil after raking out debris, you may want to water it down again with water mixed with soap before planting anything else into this area so as not to disturb existing root systems which might be growing deeper down within your garden bed!
You want your family’s garden to grow better every year, and there are plenty of ways you can make that happen—but it doesn’t have to involve a ton of work. Here are 8 things you can do today that will set you on the path to a more successful garden for years to come.
1. Clean up your tools. Even if you’ve wrapped up your gardening season for the year, it’s always a good idea to clean and sharpen your tools before putting them away for winter. This is an easy way to get started early next spring!
2. Do some research. The start of the new year is a great time to think about what kinds of plants you’d like to try growing this summer, or how you might change up the layout of your garden space so as to maximize sunlight and optimize growth.
3. Create a plan. Get out some graph paper and map out where you’ll put different crops, which plants can be planted next to each other (and which ones would interfere with each other), and how much space should be allocated for each crop, then check it out with a professional gardener or agricultural expert before breaking ground in the spring!
4. Think about drainage. If this past year was marked by rainstorms
Welcome back to our blog, where we’re always looking for ways to make gardening a look easier for you and your family!
Today, we’re talking about 8 things you can do to make your garden grow better.
1. Water your plants—but not too much. Too much water will drown the roots and kill your plants.
2. Prune your plants—again, not too much! A little pruning goes a long way towards keeping plants healthy and happy.
3. If pests are eating your plants, use organic pesticides and/or introduce other insects that will eat the pests.
4. Plant in the morning or evening if possible—the sun won’t be too strong and you don’t want to shock your plants with a surge of heat all at once.
5. Don’t over-fertilize! Too much fertilizer will kill plants just as fast as too little water will.
6. Plant similar species together—it’s good for them and it looks nice, too!
7. Pick weeds regularly—weeds are hardy little buggers that have a way of taking over gardens if left unchecked for too long.
8. Talk to your plants! They like being talked to; it makes them happy
Ah, the sweet smell of spring—and I’m just talking about the flowers. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed brown thumb or you have a garden that looks like it could be on HGTV, we all want to make sure our plants are growing as best they can.
Here are 8 things you can do right now to make sure your family’s garden is flourishing:
1. Get rid of pests—safely! It’s important to get rid of bugs and other pests in your garden, but you also don’t want to compromise the environment. We recommend using natural pest-control methods like soapy water or crushed eggshells (the eggshells will act as a barrier for soft-bodied insects). You can also use diatomaceous earth to prevent slugs from munching on your plants.
2. Use good soil—and lots of it! You need healthy soil for healthy plants, and the best way to make sure you’re using good soil is by using lots of it. That way, there’s room for plenty of nutrients and minerals—and some little bugs and worms that will help with decomposition, too (don’t worry, they won’t eat your plants!).
3. Feed your plants! No matter what you
Is your garden not growing like you want it to? Are you looking for a way to make this the best gardening year yet? Well, look no further! Here are eight simple things you can start doing today to get that garden up and running!
1. Buy a plot of land
2. Plant seeds
3. If it’s cold outside, turn on the heat lamp provided in your starter kit
4. Water the seeds daily
5. Have fun with it!
6. Make sure to brush up on the latest gardening tips from experts at [company name]!
7. Share pictures of your garden with us on social media! The best one will win a free bag of fertilizer!
8. Visit [company name]’s website for even more great gardening tips and tricks!
If you’re like me, you’ve always wanted to grow a beautiful garden for your family. You can’t control the weather, but there’s plenty you can do to ensure that your garden is as vibrant and healthy as possible. Here are 8 tips to get you started:
1. Get some fertilizer from the local flower shop. If you have a lot of flowers in your garden, this will ensure they’re getting all the nutrients they need.
2. Use plastic cups, cut in half, and put them over each plant. This gives each plant its own little greenhouse and protects it from the elements.
3. Water frequently! Use a hose or watering can and water every day, especially after it has rained heavily or been hot outside for a while.
4. Weed regularly! Pull weeds by hand or use an organic weed killer to keep weeds at bay without harming your plants.
5. Use compost: It might seem icky, but compost is great for your garden because it provides nutrients that plants need to grow healthy and strong (and it helps keep bugs away).
6. Plant herbs like mint or basil next to roses because they’ll help keep pesky bugs away from these lovely blooms!
7. Don’t over-fert
We’ve got some great news for you: gardening can help you reduce stress, be more creative, and connect with nature. In addition to those benefits, gardening can also help you stay in shape and provide healthy, delicious food for your family.
If you’re just starting out, it’s important to remember that every garden is different. There are a lot of factors that influence how productive your garden will be: the soil quality, amount of sunlight, and type of plant matter you have access to all play a part in determining the success of your garden. You might not know what these things are going to look like for you until you get started!
But don’t let any uncertainty about your garden keep you from getting started. We’ve put together some tips to increase the chances for success in your first year:
1) Start small with an herb or vegetable garden. If you have limited space or time, herbs and vegetables are a great option because they don’t require as much maintenance as flowers do. This way, even if things don’t work out perfectly this year (they probably will!) it won’t be as big of a setback in terms of money spent on plants that didn’t survive.
2) Consider whether there’s enough sunlight where you
1. Buy a soil tester!
2. Get a pH tester for your soil.
3. Add some well-aged manure to your garden bed.
4. Add some compost!
5. Don’t plant too deep!
6. Be careful of crowding and thinning plants properly when they’re small.
7. Provide water at the base of the plants and keep leaves dry, especially if you’re growing tomatoes or peppers.
8. Mulch the garden to help retain moisture and reduce weeds!