|A beginner's guide to gardening: 10 Expert tips everyone must consider.|
|Written by Michelle Simmons|
|Wanting to start gardening but don't know how? Here are 10 expert tips that will help beginners be faster, cleaner, and more efficient at gardening.|
1. Make your own gardener's portfolio - Create your own portfolio and keep track of your garden. Use a photo album or make a scrapbook of your garden. Every season, add your plant tags and sticks to it. Add information about where you purchased the plants and where you placed the plant in you garden to make it more detailed.
2. Use a non-sticky shovel - Create a non-sticky shovel by using a lubricant that has silicone. This will make shoveling easier because a great coating of silicon spray will make any type of soil slip off easily without making a mess.
3. Reduce the weight of those heavy pots - To make your pots lighter, fill one-third to one-half of your pots with foam packing peanuts. Aside from making the pot lighter, it will also give space for drainage. Some packing peanuts are soluble in water, so it is advisable to test them first before putting in the pot.
4. Use a ladder when you transport your plants - Protect your plants from getting damaged when you transport them by using a ladder. Place a plastic tarp at the back of your car before you travel. Then, place a small step ladder on top of the tarp. The slots between the steps of the ladder will serve as compartments to protect your plants.
5. Create an easy-to-read rain gauge - Add a few small drops of food coloring to the bottom of your rain gauge. The next time it rains, the water will mix with the food color, making the water level visible and easier to read.
6. Keep aggressive plants from invading your garden - Plants such as gooseneck loosestrife have underground roots that can extend to every corner of your garden. Prevent this by planting them in a plastic container. Cut out the bottom of a plastic container using a utility knife to make a collar so that these plants will not crowd your garden.
7. Guide your root-bound plants - When you buy plants, they are usually root-bound. This means that as the plant grows in the pot, the roots run out of space to grow, creating tight circles of roots in the pot.
8. Guard your bulbs - Prevent creatures from eating your plants by setting a poultry net over the bed of flowers.
9. Make a handy potting - Fit a piece of plywood to the back end of your wheelbarrow with wood cleats to create a flat surface that is useful for potting.
10. Prune - Prune your roses to remove moisture and prevent black spots and other blights from forming.
|Gardening can also improve your health by reducing stress and anxiety, lessening your risk of heart disease and diabetes, boosting your mood, keeping your mind sharp, and helping you sleep better.|