As the cold days of winter turn into long hours of warmer weather in spring, the flowers bloom and the seeds in our minds are planted with gardening ideas for the coming season.
While we’re busy figuring out what vegetables to grow and where we’re going to put the compost bin and rain barrels, think of an out-of-the-box idea that could save you time, money, and energy. You might even find a solution to a dilemma you didn’t know you had, or you might just find the inspiration to try something fun and unique.
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Put pots in flower beds
This is one of those simple ideas that is often overlooked. Instead of delegating your best pots exclusively to the deck or patio, place them throughout the garden. This lets you add colorful flowers, grasses, and other plants to the landscape and swap them around as you wish. This is especially useful if you are a tenant and want to move your plants with you.
Keep a detailed gardening logs
Keeping track of all your seed packets, garden diagrams, and planting schedules is essential. Use a method of organization that works for you. For example, you can put everything in a digital file on the computer, use a binder, or just gather papers and put them in your favorite gardening book. However, this works best for you, be sure to keep track of what you planted, where you planted it, when it should be pruned or harvested, and if it should be moved to a more advantageous location. before next season.
Proudly display plant markers
To benefit the environment, minimize the number of plant markers you buy. Instead, get creative with what you already have on hand. Cut large plastic yogurt containers into strips, use wooden stakes, or invest in metal markers that can be cleaned and reused over and over again.
Try Rocks and Filters in Planters
One of the biggest issues with plant success is balancing the right amount of water the plant receives and retains. Help your plants with good drainage in holes with some gravel at the bottom. You can also place stones inside the planters. Instead of aiding drainage, you can use coffee filters inside planters for water retention. Also place a mesh screen at the bottom to prevent soil from falling through the hole at the bottom of the planter.
Use boots, tubs and baskets
There is more to a garden landscape than ceramic or concrete planters. In fact, just about anything that can hold soil can be recycled into a planter. Try a purse, basket, bucket, kettle, or even an old boot. The interior of a broken washing machine, bathtub or proven toilet can also add a little something to the landscaping.
Bring photos to the garden center
It’s often hard to describe what you’re looking for, so when you go to the garden center, bring photos of your space. A visual reference can help guide your purchasing choices.
If you haven’t heard of intercropping, you may be missing out on valuable garden space. Intercropping simply means planting vegetables next to each other. It is ideal in small spaces to increase your harvest. The key is to plant companion plants that don’t compete for the same resources. For example, place carrots (which grow underground) right next to lettuce or peas.
If you fancy edging for the manicured lawn down the street, create your own technique with a flat spade and a 2×4 or similar wooden plank. Simply lay the wood down and hold it in place with your foot while you use the spade to create a straight edge.
Gardening with beer
Slugs love beer as much as many gardeners. However, they do not recover from drinking the fermented drink. Place the hot, half-drunk, or cheap beer you were going to throw away in a mug or an old can. Secure the tank by sinking it slightly into the ground, then pour the beer inside. You want to have a little head start so that when the slugs come up for a drink, they can’t come back up.
Use less soil
Soil-filled planters, especially large ones, become very heavy and difficult to move. Instead of filling the planter with expensive soil from top to bottom, fill the bottom half with putty. If you have old packing peanuts or plastic foam around the house, this is a great way to reuse them. Plant-based materials also work, although they break down over time.
Trust the ice cream
When you leave town for the weekend, freeze several containers filled with water. These can be orange juice containers, water bottles or glass bottles. Whatever container you choose, make sure there is a way to poke small holes in the lid or the side. Place the containers in your planters or next to the plants in the ground. As they thaw, they slowly release water into the plants, so you don’t have to ask your neighbor to do the watering.
Regrow your food
There are many foods that you can put off after your grocery run. These foods do not require seed starting. For example, cut your romaine lettuce close to the base and place it in a bowl of water. Soon you will see new leaves forming. The same goes for green onions, celery, ginger, herbs and more.
Via Ecophiles, InstallitDirect, Martha Stewart
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