Healthy Gardening: 10 Tips For New And Experienced Gardeners
As the weather warms, gardening enthusiasts around the country get ready to start planting and landscaping their yards. No matter if you are a new gardener or the experienced owner of a green thumb, brushing up on a few tips for healthy gardening will help you get the new season off on the right foot..
- Read The Label – before applying any substances to your soil or plants, read the ingredients carefully. Doing so will help you avoid using environmentally harmful pesticides.
- Select The Right Plants – ideally, you should choose plant varieties that will thrive easily in part of the country. Doing so will make it easier for you to nurture them, even if the weather becomes extreme.
- Select The Right Location – even when you select varieties that suit your area, you will still find that some parts of your garden are hospitable to certain plants. Check the daily sunlight levels before placing your selections.
- Prepare The Soil – before planting your garden, spend time preparing the soil by adding manure or compost to enrich it. This will add moisture and nutrients that will help your plants thrive, especially during the vital early stages of growth.
- Use Water Wisely – avoiding heavy water use gives your plumbing system a break and ensures you do not over-water your plants. Before watering, check the moisture in the soil to see which plants need attention first. Consider using an irrigation system to increase energy efficiency.
- Feed Your Garden – using plant fertilizer to feed your garden is also essential to keeping the plants healthy. Fertilizer helps your plants thrive, even in thin nutrient-poor soil, by adding vital nutrients. Typically, you should use fertilizer that acts slowly, so that it feeds the plants over a long period of time. This helps them to grow at a more consistent rate.
- Protect Your Soil With Mulch – mulch is another gardening product that you will want to stock up on before planting for the new season. Organic mulch, such as wood chips or grass clippings, offer weather protection without harmful chemicals. Surround your plants with an even layer of mulch, typically using a couple of inches at a time.
- Control Garden Pests – boil grated lemon peel in water and use the liquid to spray your plants to ward off common pests such as mites. Blended hot peppers are also useful as pest control.
- Container Gardening – container plants are an excellent way to start a garden, particularly if you are working with a small outdoor space. Place your containers in a sunny spot to allow the plants to get plenty of light. Water the plants regularly and add a few drainage holes to each container if your area gets a lot of rain.
- Attract Wildlife – hang an edible birdseed wreath in your garden to attract birds, even during winter and be sure to include a birdbath with water. You can also build a simple butterfly house from wooden scraps and then fill it with moss and tree bark. This will attract butterflies to your garden in spring.
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