Gardening is a much productive hobby, but are you making the best of it? You might not be yielding all that you sow but with these gardening secrets, you are sure to love every bit of your garden produce. Minimize the expenses and the effort while maximizing the aesthetics and health of your garden plants. These are secrets that will last you a lifetime of amazing gardens.
20. Harvesting Mornings, Tastier Meals
It is best to harvest the vegetables in your garden early in the morning. This is when they are packed with nutrients. For green vegetables you must refrigerate them to preserve the flavour and nutrients. Tomatoes and onions, however might lose the flavour if kept refrigerated.
19. Water when there is no Sun
It is a bad idea to water your plants while the sun is overhead. Your plants will retain water for longer when you water them early morning or once the sun has set. Try using a good quality sprinkler to reap the best benefits of watering your plant without wasting water since the sun won’t come out soon to dry up the water.
18. Vegetable Stock for the better lot
Boiled vegetables and not using the leftover water? Don’t throw it away! It has more nutrients than you’d believe and if you cool the water and use it for your plants, you’d be amazed at how wonderfully healthy your plants grow.
17. Sprinkle Epsom Salt for a better produce
While Epsom Salts might relax your sore muscles, they are also excellent agents that boost seed germination and nutrient absorption in your plants. Also, they prevent leaf curling and improve the flavour of your vegetables and fruits. Ever thought Epsom salt could do wonders like these?
16. Don’t waste the kitchen waste
Do you know what works best for bigger and better blooms and for better produce of fruits and vegetables? Just bury your kitchen waste including egg shells, banana skins and vegetable peels for better soil that yields better produce. Ever though that waste is not such a waste after all.
15. Brewing your own Pesticides
If you do not want to spend so much on commercial pesticides, you can simply brew our own and avoid all pest damage to your garden. Mix garlic, chili peppers and baking soda and sprinkle along your plants to avoid all types of pests with products right off your kitchen shelf.
14. Use what you reap
While beautifying your garden is great, make sure you make the best use of the produce. While it’s hard to use all fruits, vegetables and flowers that you grow, you may as well use them by drying, canning or pickling them. You can also make jams and jellies while you can use dried flowers for herbal teas and for pot pourri!
13. Vinegar to keep weed away
It is amazing how vinegar works better than commercial weed killers. Vinegar, however, might also kill your vegetable plants so it’s best to use vinegar where weed and grass grows through breaks in the concrete to keep weed away for much longer.
12. Tomatoes and Cabbage? Grow marigolds too
Tomato and cabbage plants are prone to getting pest infested before you harvest. Need to avoid that? Plant marigolds near these plants to keep the garden pest away.
11. Spider to the rescue
Spiders can be incredibly scary, atleast to me! However, spiders can come to your rescue too. Let a golden orb weaver spider build a web in your garden and it is likely to eat up bugs weighing more that the weight of humans on earth!
10. Rabbits are cute but not so much!
Want to keep groundhogs and rabbits off your vegetable garden? Use cayenne pepper along the base of your plants to keep them safe from grazing. Want it done easier? Save the hair the next time you visit the barber and sprinkle them around the garden to keep the rabbits and groundhogs away.
9. Rainwater harvesting – lesser water, better harvest
Try to set a system where all gutter in your house empty into a tank with a spigot. You can attach a hose to the spigot and water your garden without wasting fresh. It is important however that you keep the water tank protected with a wire mesh to keep mosquitoes away.
8. Keep your gardening tools as good as new
Do your garden tools rust over winter? Coat them with a thick layer of car wax or peanut oil every month and keep the tools as good as new. It will also prevent them from getting dirty with soil clinging onto them.
7. Denser is not always better
Never plant your vegetables very close together. Every plant has its own nutritional and space requirements which are likely to be mentioned on the pack of seeds. The denser you plant your seeds, the more you’d compromise on the produce.
6. Better carrots? Use Jello!
Want your radishes and carrots to grow better? Add around 2-3 tablespoons of gelatin to your pack of seeds before planting. Your plants will grow healthier with all the nitrogen supply.
5. Grow vegetables while the sun shines
While gardens with shades may be practical, but most vegetables will grow better in the sun. Be sure to plant your vegetables only where there will be around 8 hours of sunlight daily to maximize the produce.
4. Use clutter, make the garden better!
Have old teacups and worn out gum boots? Why not use them as planters. Ceramic teacups make beautiful pots for kitchen herbs while gum boots can be used for flowering pods! Add colour to your garden without spending a fortune. You can also use saucers as birdfeeders.
3. Baby Diapers? Retain water longer !
Have a toddler at home? You’d also have baby products that come in handy! Steal from the stock of baby diapers and add it at the bottom of the potted plant. That way, water won’t flow away and the soil will retain moisture for long.
2. Need a change? Double the pots!
If you need to change plants often, it is best that you bury permanent pots in the garden soil and then use temporary planted pots by keeping them within the buried pots. That way, once you need a change, you simply have to replace one pot with another.
1. Use paper to test seeds!
Cramped for space and do not want to waste it with seeds that won’t grow? Before planting seeds in the garden, you can test them on wet paper towels or cotton to be sure that they grow. That’s taking no chances!