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Beginner’s Guide to Gardening

Start by Building a portfolio

This is a good way to keep a tab on your garden. You can create some sort of scrapbook and add sticks and plant tags from every season. Put in as many details as you can including where the plants were bought and where they are located.

Create a non-stick shovel

All you have to do is spray your garden shovel with some Teflon or silicone lubricant and shoveling will become a breeze. A good coat will also ensure any soil slips right off without creating any mess.

Lighten heavy pots

Take out the strain from lifting heavy pots by filling a third or half of them with packing peanuts. Ensure you place landscape fabric on the peanuts before the potting soil. If you want to lower the weight even more, use potting mix with peat moss or vermiculite.

Beginner’s tips to Gardening

Transportation of the plant and accessories

Before you decide to take another trip to the plant nursery, line your boot with some plastic tarp and a step ladder. The slots between the ladders rungs are the perfect place to keep your plants protected while you drive. You won’t have to worry about plants spilling and messing up your car anymore.

Rain gauge

Spruce your rain gauge up with some food coloring on the bottom. Whenever it rains, the water will mix with the dye and be bright red and easier to read.

Restrict aggressive plants

Prevent plants like gooseneck loosestrife from overtaking your garden by using plastic containers. To ensure their underground roots don’t outgrow everything else in your garden, cut the bottom off using a knife. This will let the roots grow into the soil.

Root bound plants

One problem with potting plants is they are usually root bound. This means that while the plants will grow inside the pot, the roots usually end up with no space left to grow. At this point they start forming tight circles inside the pot itself. What happens then is that the roots prevent water and other nutrients from getting to the leaves and other parts of the plant. If you want a quick fix, guide the roots towards the outside with your fingers. If they’re tough, make vertical cuts carefully using a knife.

Protect the bulbs

Are you tired of insects eating up your flower bulbs? Keep the insects out by using netting over the flowers. In the spring, just remove the netting or cut some holes into the cloth so that the plants can grow through it.