Spring is here, the season to begin growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and much more! The gardening season will soon be in full swing. No matter if a person is new to gardening or one has experience, you understand that gardening can be a worthwhile option to invest extra time out-of-doors, or even a method to make the most use of one’s extra indoor room or space!
Even though gardening is enjoyable, it may well be quite tricky. Gardening is a delicate balance between art as well as science given that several plants need delicately balanced factors in order to flourish. As the gardening season fast approaches it is my wish that this article may assist you to get the preferred results for your gardening efforts this year!
Gardening Tips: Borders
If you want to add ground cover such as creeping thyme or alyssum to your garden here is a great way to get started early and a fabulous way to create instant borders without the backache of having to plant each flower.Measure the area you want covered with ground cover. Let’s say you want to create a border along an existing garden that is 10 feet long. Cut newspaper, (about 2 pages thick) into two feet long by one foot wide strips. To cover 10 feet you will need five of these two foot strips.
Place the strips in a slightly sunny area but where the seeds won’t be disturbed or pelted with rays of light, such as basement shelving near a window.Place garbage bags on the shelves then add the newspaper strips. Do not overlap strips. Sprinkle the seeds on the newspaper like you would if you were planting them in the ground. Place a layer of paper towel over each strip and then spray the towel, seeds and newspaper with a water bottle.
You want to saturate the towel and the newspaper, but you don’t want it to drip. The paper must never dry out (if it does spray immediately.) Remove the paper towelwhen the seeds germinate, (in about a week.)
Two months later, weather permitting, you can plant your newspaper strips, now bursting with seedlings, outdoors. First carefully arrange each seedling strip where it will be planted. Once you are happy with the arrangement cover bare newspaper areas with soil to anchor the strip.
General Gardening Tips
Save all flats and flower pots that come with your plants. First, you can always use these to start your seeds next season (be sure to wash the flats to rid them of any disease.) Second, it may look funny at first, but if you cut out the bottom of plastic pots and place them over younger transplants it will protect them from rabbits. Additionally, placing pots around ornamental grasses is a great way to contain the younger, lower grass strands from rotting as they lay on the ground.
The band created by the pot will keep the strands off the ground.Here’s a coffee tip. Humans are not the only ones to get a boost from espresso. Plants do too!Caffeine and theophylline, two ingredients of coffee are popular ingredients in expensive skin care products, and key ingredients in asthma medications, but they also make excellent fertilizer for plants. You can get it by the big bagful for free just by contacting your local coffee shop. Just mix the espresso in with your existing soil every few months and watch your plants grow.
Successful gardening means that you don’t always have to buy everything new, such as pots or fertilizer. Look around your home to see what you already have that you can reuse.