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11 Smart Gardening Techniques

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The power that comes from growing your own food is amazing.  So, we believe gardening is key
to a comfortable and fulfilling life.  Well it is one aspect anyway.  In the gardening world, it is
important to try to grow and maintain the best plants that you can.  But wait!  We have 11 smart
gardening techniques that will help make this possible.  We know these tips will come in handy
so please share this blog post with your friends.  We are convinced that these 11 smart gardening techniques will help you grow the most beautiful, productive and healthiest
plants that you can.  Seriously, follow these tips to become a better gardener.

 

A Bar of Soap

This is a great way to stay clean in the bath but also in the garden.  Our first clever gardening
technique is to run your fingernails across a bar of soap before you go out to weed or plant in
your garden.  The soap that collected under your nails will prevent the collection of dirt while
you work.  Afterward, a simple scrub with a nail brush will remove the soap and leave your
hands clean, with much less effort.

 

More Uses for Soap

Ward off infestation of annoying garden pests like aphids by lightly spraying the stems, leaves,
and buds of your flowers with a heavily diluted mixture of warm, soapy water and a few drops
of liquid dish washing soap.  Next, follow-up by rinsing with a generous spray of water.  This is
effective for even the most serious aphid problem.

 

Can’t Mulch? Consider Plant Spacing

To keep weeds a non-issue in the garden, mulching between plants is the way to go.  However,
if you can’t mulch, or use old cardboard boxes consider planting your plants closer together.  Dense plantings will ensure that no seeds from unwanted weeds will sprout and grow in your
beautiful landscape design.  If weeds begin to sprout near the edge of the foliage, consider
adding heavy mulch to drown out the pesky weeds.  But honestly, mulch and bark chips are
what you need for this.

 

11 Smart Gardening Techniques

 

Mulch Part 2

Cover bare spots when you plant.  When you put a new plant into your organic garden, do not
leave the earth bare where you planted.  Make sure you mulch the area all around your new
plant.  This will protect it while it begins to grow.  This will also keep the ground moist.

 

Coffee and Tea for The Soil

Used tea and coffee grounds make good soil enrichers.  Both coffee and tea grounds are great
additions when you need to raise the acidity of your soil.  If your soil is pH balanced, adding the
tea and coffee is good, as flowers such as rhododendrons and azaleas, and fruits such as
blueberry, appreciate soil that is on the acidic side.  You can work the grounds into the soil
before you plant your garden, or sprinkle a little around existing plants once a week or so.  Coffee and tea grounds are also great additions to your compost pile.

 

Winter Protection

It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside.  You
may be able to save your most resistant or expensive plants.  Dig carefully around the roots and
transfer the plants to a pot.  A small greenhouse works well for this.  The big issue for the
winter is light and temperature.

 

Pruning Your Plants

Learn how to trim your plants.  Not all plants require trimming, but if you notice unhealthy
stems, trimming a plant can help you get rid of a disease or at least slow it down long enough
for you to cure your plant.  Do not cut too many stems and leaves: cut only the unhealthy parts.

 

11 Smart Gardening Techniques

 

Water for your Plants

Install a sprinkler system to water your garden.  It can be difficult to find the time to water your
plants each day, particularly if you work outside of the home.  Proper hydration is essential to
the success of your garden, so putting in a simple sprinkler system can save you time and energy.

 

11 Smart Gardening Techniques

Army Surplus Finds

To cheaply obtain supplies for your garden, try visiting your local army surplus store.  A
parachute makes an excellent canopy, and army fatigues and boots are the perfect clothes to
wear while gardening.  Ammunition containers are also a great way to store your gardening
supplies.  Supplies are often cheaper if you don’t buy things specifically aimed at gardeners.

 

Get the Weeds Out

Weeds have got to go.  However, do you know what is better than pulling weeds?  Bark mulch,
or even cardboard, is great at covering the ground so that weeds don’t get a chance to grow.  If
the weeds don’t grow, there will be nothing to pull.

 

Invest for the Future

Increase the worth of your investment.  You can get a very high return from improving your
home through landscaping.  In fact, you can boost your home’s value by a fifth with the right
landscaping, and in the right market.  Look for hardy, low moisture plants that are naturally
suited for your region.

 

Start Small – Just Start!

If you aren’t ready to devote your time and energy to a full organic garden or just don’t have
the space for one, use a container instead.  Look for plants that are small and well suited for
containers.  Whiskey barrels are great for container gardens because they have plenty of room
for roots to grow and can be used for multiple varieties of plants.

 

Up-Cycle

You may find an old plastic laundry basket ideal for gathering vegetables from your garden.  Most laundry baskets are designed with a multitude of holes.  This makes them a perfect strainer for washing your vegetables.  If you hose off your produce in the laundry basket, the water will leave the basket through the holes in the sides.

Plastic garden labels can be used over and over again, by following this easy way to remove
names written with permanent marker.  Just dampen a small piece of cloth with rubbing alcohol
and wipe firmly over the name to remove it.  This way you won’t have to buy a brand-new bag
of garden labels when you only need one or two.

As you can see from this list of 11 smart gardening techniques, gardening can really be an
enjoyable hobby and even a career.

Gardening is also a great stress reliever check out our article about that here.

But none the less, garden will help your soul and provide food for friends and family.  Yes, it does take a lot of dedication and work but that is okay, because gardening and growing your own food is so rewarding.  Yes, you will need dedication, maintenance, and a lot of patience.  But it is all worth it in the end.  At the end of the day out in the garden, you will have a beautiful site to see.  A prosperous, growing and bountiful garden.

 

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