When spring comes, the hands of the gardeners on duty come itchy, it’s time to start preparing the garden. Evergreen plants, shrubs, and trees can be pruned before the first sprouts appear and birds build their nests. Helpful Garden gives tricks and tips on gardening.
Here you will find practical tips that will make your job easier and allow you to have a stunning garden.
1. Tower of Flowers
Drill several small holes in a plastic tube and place it in a large potted plant. Wrap the vase with a wire mesh and then with a drainage blanket; fill the space between the pipe and the screen with the earth. The tube should be firmly in place to prevent it from tipping over.
Finally, cut the inverted T-shaped slits in the blanket to plant the petunias. Water the flower pot every 3 to 4 days through the inner tube.
To sow vegetables, it may be advisable to make equal rows in the soil. Simply place two or more pieces of hose about 6 inches long into the teeth of a rake. This way you can create perfectly equal grooves in the soil.
3. Watching the neighbour’s garden
In spring, it is worth taking a look at the surrounding gardens. Some people are experts when it comes to planting or pruning. For example, it’s time to plant dahlias and lilies when the cherries are in bloom, and the best time to prune your roses is when the forsythias are yellow.
4. Pruning the roses
You should always have a pencil handy. Eliminate stems and shoots thinner than the pencil. Thus, the rose will have vigor and will give beautiful buds.
5. Warming the soil
Vegetables like broccoli, leeks or onions need heat. On colder days, some PVC pipes and a transparent tarp are sufficient.
To warm the soil in bad weather before planting, placing a blanket on the ground can also be helpful. The blanket accumulates heat and distributes it to the ground.
6. Planting Muffin Shapes
To have a pattern of planting areas, you can use a muffin shape to mark the soil.
7. Cultivation Rolls
Toilet paper rolls are convenient and, above all, the inexpensive container for growing seedlings. To prevent soil from seeping underneath, cut the base of the rollers and fold the cardboard strips over each other.
Eggshells can also be used for cultivation. However, there should be a small hole in the bottom so that excess water can drain out. To use them, simply break the top of the bark gently, fill it with soil and plant your seeding inside.
8. Homemade Fertilizer
You can also use eggshells as fertilizer. Herbs like thyme, sage or lavender love calcium.
The coffee powder contains nitrogen, sulphur, and phosphorus, and also has a slightly acidic pH, which is ideal as a fertilizer for beets and potted plants. This video shows how to prepare a complete fertilizer from kitchen waste.
9. Protective Bottle
Empty plastic bottles can be used to protect delicate plants from snails and to store the necessary heat. Just cut the bottom and place the bottle on the plant. With the cap, you can adjust the airflow.
A clear plastic box can also serve as a greenhouse for growing many seedlings. Just drill holes in the sides to prevent mold.
10. Avoiding leaks
To prevent soil from constantly leaking from the toilet drain hole, place an old cloth or coffee filter over it. This way, the soil stays in the pot without making dirt.
11. Containing the roots
Overgrown plants such as mint can be controlled with a potted plant. Cut the bottom of the vase and bury it in a deeper hole, like some kind of protective wall. The roots of the plant will grow down rather than spread.
12. Use dead leaves
Tip from a professional gardener: Use the dead leaves that are still on the ground and mix them with manure as fertilizer. Decomposition produces heat that drives the seedlings.
13. Cascading Barrels
You can use rainwater to make a cascade water distribution. However, underground systems must be built before the land is sown. If you want a simpler solution, you can also place several down-sized barrels next to each other, forming a “step ladder” and connecting them through hose pieces.
14. A beautiful lawn
For those with gardens, a beautiful lawn is essential. Trim the grass at a height of 4 cm and the fertilizer. Remove moss and weeds. Your lawn now has air and nutrients to grow beautiful.
Soil pH is often a decisive factor in the growth of lawns and flowers. Take soil samples from different parts of the garden, pour 100 g each into different glasses and pour 100 ml of distilled water over them. After 10 minutes, you can check the results with paper strips for pH tests.
See a selection of recommended values:
• 4.0-6.0: Blueberries
• 5.0-6.5: grass, ornamental grasses, potatoes
• 5.2-7.5: Tomatoes
• 5,5-7,5: strawberries, cucumbers, kohlrabi, pumpkin
• 6.0-7.0: broccoli, peas, leeks, carrots, peppers
• 6.0-7.5: radish, zucchini
• 6.3-7.5: Salads
• 6.5-7.5: Cauliflower, Leek
16. Clean Your Nails
The style of gardening gloves is a matter of taste; already dirty nails, no. If after gardening you still have dirt under your nails, you can clean them with lemon peel. Just run your dirty nails through the white part of the bark several times. When brushes don’t work, this method can help.
Feeding migratory birds help preserve the biodiversity of native birds. But they may also need help, as safe nesting places are becoming increasingly rare. For example, you can build a birdhouse yourself. A lot of birds flying over your garden doesn’t necessarily make your job easier, but it makes your time spent working the land a lot more enjoyable.