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Gardening Tips

Through internet schooling and books, I have gained a lot of gardening knowledge! Through many years of practice I have determined what works and what doesn’t, but mother nature always throws some surprises at you and that’s why my site is here to help you!  Below, you’ll find some tips about general gardening that I hope will help you get started.

 

Tips:

Soil– Soil should be rich in organic matter, which is rotting debris. Leaves, straw, and grass clippings are some good examples!

Sun– Most plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight, so plan the location of your gardens and flowerbeds accordingly.

Water– There are variables to consider when determining if it is time to water your plants. The current moisture level of the soil and whether the plant is potted or in the ground are both important. The best rule of thumb is to stick your finger in the soil (at least to your second knuckle) to note the moisture level. If the soil is moist, do not water. If a potted plant is dry, go ahead and water it. If the plant is in the ground it may not necessarily be time to water yet. In ground plants can tolerate dryer ground because their roots grow deep! In this case, keep an eye out for signs of wilt (for outdoor plants, I try to let mother nature water them).

When to plant– This depends on the variety of the plant! For plants that like cool weather (lettuce, spinach, and peas to name a few) you can seed directly after the last frost. On the other hand, vegetables and flowers are usually best started indoors 1 to 2 months before the last spring frost.  Herbs and warm weather plants like zucchini, cucumbers, and squash can be sewn directly into the ground.

Cover crops– I highly recommend planting cover crops in baron beds because where there is nothing growing, the soil dies!  I like winter rye grass. In the spring you turn it under and it adds organic matter to your soil as well as replenishes nitrogen over the winter. These are both important elements to hardy soil!

Weeds– Weeds growing in your garden can indicate a few things: poor maintenance, nutrition depleted soil, overwatering, and/or under watering. The best way to control weeds is daily maintenance. Although mulch can assist, it is not the answer. A good straw (not hay) is better than mulch in my opinion!

Companion plants– I generally keep my beans, peas, and potatoes in large pots and separate from other plants. There are some herbs I keep away from other herbs, such as sage and dill, which do well by themselves. Cilantro and parsley are two others that I prefer to grow by themselves because they are quick growers and sometimes repeat growing is the best for these. Excessive trimming is also needed for these herbs and they do quite well in pots. Check the web for all the combinations of plants that do well together!

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