6 Quick Gardening Tips To Kick Start The Spring
It's that time of year again! Time to get out and get our hands dirty and our thumbs green. Whether you have a garden for food, flowers or just for fun, we can all appreciate the joy of watching something we have cared for come to life. New to the hobby or an old hand, here are some tips that may prove helpful to you.
- You can grow ginger root indoors. Just take a standard ginger root from the grocery store and plant it in a pot and wait for it to sprout. Find a root with lots of little nubs for best growth.
- Try a hori hori garden knife. It is an incredibly useful tool for planting. Find one that has measurements on the blade and never question the depth of your planting again.
- Start your tomatoes inside with a grow light to get stronger growth and acclimate the plants outside for a few hours at a time before planting outdoors.
- Composting is a great way to get nutrients into your soil without expensive additives. Any fruit and vegetable scraps can be put in a pile in the backyard and will create rich soil in time. When done correctly, a compost pile won't be smelly and it's a great way to add a little 'green living' to your life
- Plant cucumbers next to sunflowers. If you plant the sunflowers a week or so before the cucumbers, and plant the cucumbers as seedlings, they will use the quickly growing sunflower as a trellis. Also cucumbers planted near sunflowers tend to be sweeter.
- If you enjoy mint, but dislike how it spreads through a garden or yard, use a pipe. Bury a 20" long pipe (a 4" sewer pipe works well) vertically in the ground, leaving 1" above the soil. This will keep the roots contained for quite a while (until they eventually reach the bottom and spread)
Hopefully there was something in the list that will be helpful to you.
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