Tips & Tricks for Gardening

Gardening is a fun spring and summer hobby! You can grow an array of vegetables and fruit. You can also garden to create curb appeal for your home. If you are looking to sell your home, curb appeal makes a huge difference in the interest level of a potential buyer. Here are some fun gardening tips and tricks!

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1. Use cut gardening hoses to store your garden tools.

2. Want to remove the salt deposits that have formed on your clay pots? To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Make sure you let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.

3. Line your raised garden beds with chicken wire to keep out gophers and moles.

4. To create markers for your plants that are natural, write the names of plants (using a permanent marker) on the flat faces of stones of various sizes. Place them at or near the base of your plants. It keeps your plants organized, and your garden looking beautiful. You can make them pretty with colors and pictures, or you can just write the names on the stones.

5. Use your old coffee grounds in the garden. Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about one-quarter of an inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side.

Read this article to get five different ideas on using coffee grounds in your garden: http://www.nwedible.com/2013/02/5-ways-to-use-coffee-grounds-in-the-garden.html

6. Want a quick and easy way to dry your herbs? Lay a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car, and arrange the herbs in a single layer. Roll up your car windows and close the doors. Your herbs will be quickly dried to perfection. Even better, your car will smell great!

7. Plastic milk jugs can be used for many different garden tools!

  • Make a flexible scoop out of an old plastic milk jug. This scoop is great for potting soil in tight spaces or distributing fertilizer. Make two horizontal cuts on the sides next to the handle. Then, make two forward-slanting diagonal cuts on the other sides.
  • Make a garden watering can out of a milk jug. Poke holes in the top of the cover!

8. Are you always losing your garden twine? To have garden twine handy when you need it, just stick a ball of twine in a small clay pot, pull the end of the twine through the drainage hole, and set the pot upside down in the garden. Do that, and you’ll never go looking for twine again.

9. Dirty fingernails after gardening? To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, run your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them. Then, after you’ve finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.

10. Save your veggie water! The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don’t pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted patio plants, and you’ll be amazed at how the plants respond to the “vegetable soup.”

11. Start seeding in eggshells. When you are ready to plant, put the whole eggshell in the ground. The shell will naturally compost and provide valuable nutrients to your plants.

 

For more curb appeal tips, call us directly at 651-269-3487 or email us at Sandy@SandyErickson.com

References:

  1. http://www.hgtv.com/gardening/14-simple-gardening-tips-and-tricks/index.html
  2. http://www.nwedible.com/2013/02/5-ways-to-use-coffee-grounds-in-the-garden.html

 

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