Gardening is a wonderful hobby which makes us feel delightful and full of bliss along with an opportunity to bond with nature. Planting a sapling and waiting for that special day for it to bloom with fragrance is just wonderful and out of the world feeling. Filling your vases with special full bloomed roses from your own garden not only makes your home special but also fills your life with natural cologne and positive energy.
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Read this exciting scoop to dig more simple vegetable gardening tips for beginners and tricky ideas which you can employ in your garden. Keep jumping below for a happy gardening experience.
Scraps from your pantry as fertilizers
What do you do with leftovers in your kitchen? I mean vegetable peels, fruits peels and rinds. Throw it in the garbage or send it to far places for recycling? If you are doing so then you are really throwing out useful wastes which can be used in your own garden spaces for growing healthy plants. There are numerous items which you can use as natural fertilizers in your garden rather than depending on chemical fertilizers and have a healthy environment free from toxins.
Here is a list of items which can help you out to create a healthy soil for your plants
Banana peels – good for outdoor plants as well as potted plants. When the peels start decomposing they slowly release potassium, nitrogen, phosphorus and magnesium to the soil which are very much required by the plants. Just chop the peels and bury them few inches below the soil and guess what, earthworms just love them and munch upon them leaving fertile castings behind.
Coffee grounds – certain plants which love acidic content in their soil would love this ingredient. It provides both calcium and nitrogen to the plants. Just sprinkle leftover coffee grounds around the base of the plants or mix them with water and sprinkle after few days. Tomatoes and roses will bloom out at their best when this is added to their soil.
Egg shells – crush them and mix with the soil around the plants like tomatoes and peppers. Egg shells helps to ward of certain problems like blossom end rot and is also a great soil amendment as it contains calcium carbonate. Potted indoor plants can also have a feast on egg shells which will make them grow healthy and fruitful.
Weeds – certain weeds like borage, nettles and yellow dock are excellent fertilizers which will enrich your plants with nitrogen and increase their growth rate. Fresh plants can be included in compost mixtures where as flowering ones can be dried and used as mulch.
Molasses – using this ingredient in homemade composts will help to increase beneficial microorganisms that can help to enrich the soil and in turn lead to healthier and bigger plants.
Grass – while clipping grass of your lawn make sure to collect and soak them in water. Allow them to sit for few days, then add more water to it and sprinkle the solution to the base of the plants. This will help to increase the nitrogen content of the soil and the grass will decompose in some time and add to the fertility of the soil.
Human urine – don’t waste your urine down the drain instead dilute them with water and sprinkle around your plants for better health. Urine is rich in nitrogen and this is the sole reason why many use this as a natural fertilizer.
Fire place ash – sprinkle the ashes around the base of the plants and in your garden beds to enhance your plants growth as they are rich in potassium and calcium carbonate.
Fish tank water – don’t spill out the dirty water from your fish tanks because they are full of nitrogen and nutrients which can help plants to grow better with life.
Epsom salts – Epsom salts are great compounds made of magnesium and sulfates which are very much essential for a plants growth. Certain plants like tomatoes, potatoes and pepper will spring out with full beauty and taste with the help of Epsom salts.
Powdered milk – this item is a rich source of calcium and can be mixed with soil before planting. This form of calcium is readily available and easily absorbed by plants.
These were some of the items which you can use as fertilizers in your own garden, there are many more items which can be used but always make sure to do a soil test just to know the basic nature of the soil. Some soils are alkaline and some are acidic so it is very necessary to know the nature of the soil before adding any fertilizer or soil amendments. While using chemical fertilizers you will be damaging your environment as well as pose threat to pets and kids around. Using kitchen wastes will save your time, money and also provide a healthy way to dispose of wastes without any troubles. So what are you waiting for? Hereafter never throw useful wastes instead make optimum use of them for your plants growth.
Water saving tips for summer
Summer is the month when evaporation of water takes place at its peak and most of the people find it difficult to manage with growing water needs of plants. Here are some interesting tips which can help you fight against water scarcity during summer months.
Water your plants early in the morning when air is cool. Do not water you plants during afternoon or when the wind is blowing at full force as it can cause more evaporation of water and result in water loss before absorption. Water your plants according to the season efficiently to reduce wastage and at the same time soak the soil well for plants.
Collect rain water in barrels and store it for later periods when scarcity hits. This way you can utilize this stored water and sprinkle on your plants.
Check your hoses for any leaks or holes and replace it in time.
Use pebbles and small stones to cover around the base of the plants as they will prevent water loss and keep the moisture intact.
Grow your plants and shrubs at the end of lawn slopes to prevent water running of the edges.
Create basin like structures using soil around the plants that will help water to stagnate and also helps to get absorbed in to the soil.
Don’t waste water collected from air coolers, dehumidifiers as they can be used to irrigate your plants. But make sure not to use kitchen drainage water as they may contain chemicals from soaps and bleaches which are harmful for both flora and fauna.
Stop using water to sweep away dry leaves and dust instead use a broom for that job. This will help to save water as well as give a good workout for your body.
Grow plants in groups based on their water requirements as some plants requires less water and some require more.
Try to wash your car by parking it on the lawn as you get two jobs done at a time. Your car will be clean along with watering the lawn.
Add mulch to the soil and bases of the plants as they will help water clogging and keeps the moisture intact. Another added advantage you get by adding mulch is freedom from weeds.
Most of the scientists and experts claim that conserving water is very essential as fresh water will be become a serious concern for the whole planet in the coming eras. Most of the people waste water using high intensity sprinklers as they not only water the plants but also sprinkle water into the streets. So make sure to use all these tips and save water by using in efficiently. Lawns consume more water than plants and shrubs so make a point to water your lawns either at night or early in the morning to avoid wastage. Using simple ideas and techniques can help save water for future generations so have a happy gardening without wasting water.
Tips to maintain your lawn
Lawns are wonderful places that add to the beauty of the home and there are certain aspects one needs to know about maintaining a lawn perfectly. Lawns require only around 2.5 cm of water per week to flourish well. If you are living in a place where rainfall is present even on a weekly basis then there is no need of watering your lawn. Supplementing lawns with water is required in dry climates where there is scarcity of rain. Have you noticed you lawn turning from green to somewhat brownish colour, this happens due to inadequate moisture but that does not mean that your lawn is dead. The grass just simply lies latent until it starts receiving water again.
20 insanely wonderful tips and tricks for your lawn – simple landscaping tips
- When you get ample rains then just avoid watering your lawn for a week, also only water once in a week with a measure of 2.5 cm. To measure the amount of water received just place a measuring can to determine the amount of time required to fill that required level in the container and accordingly set your sprinkler.
- It’s good to love your lawn but don’t get so much obsessed that you water them excessively and this may cause yellowing of grass along with fungal infections.
- Cut the lawn no more than 6 cm below as cutting lower than that may cause drying of water very soon.
- Pull out weeds and aerate well before early spring to improve penetration of water.
- Cut your lawn with sharp blades as grass can grow up faster when cut in this way rather than with tools which are not sharp enough.
- Avoid shallow watering of lawns as this will not help the roots to grow deeper and stronger.
- Prepare the soil well before setting up a lawn by adding fertilizers and organic materials which can help the grass to grow well.
- Simple tricks to get rid of weeds
- Pour boiling water on weeds as this help to wipe them out efficiently without harming other plants and soil.
- Spray some bleach on weeds to get rid of them but make sure you don’t use too much of it and not spray on useful plants.
- Salt is another great ingredient which will kill any plant and prevent it from growing so select only weeds and apply water mixed with salt. Weeds will die and salt will get diluted as time passes along with rainfalls.
- Lay down thick newspapers over weeds to prevent them from getting sunlight and within few days you will see that weeds have dried off and will not sprout back again.
- Diluted alcohol mixed with few cups of water will also help to remove weeds.
- Use plastic forks to keep away pets and animals from eating up and messing your plant garden.
- You can use rubbermaid container garden for growing plants in your yard. They are absolutely lightweight and come with compact size that are the best way to begin growing.
- You can use diapers not just on babies but for plants too. Simply place a diaper at the bottom of the potted plant and watch while it retains moisture for a longer period of time. This is a great benefit for those summer annuals that need daily feed of water.
- Save your vegetable cooking water. These water come with lot of nutrients that fertilize your garden in many ways. Just make sure to cool down it first and then use it for fertilization.
- Building wooden raised beds are not everyone’s cup of tea. Cinder block garden bed is one of the easiest way for those who are not experts at building wooden beds. They come with holes so that you can easily separate your herbs. If you have space constraints, simply take out two of the blocks and you can create a narrower bed.
- Start with an eggshell. If you are a newbie then start by planting your seeds in eggshells indoors before the weather gives permission to grow outside. There are several reasons why eggshells are perfect containers for growing plants. For starters they are quite cheap (rather free) and contains good amount of calcium to give your seedlings an extra boost for health. Did I mention that it is absolutely easy to plant them in the garden when they are ready. You need not throw away the shell as it aids as an additional benefit to the plants.
- Do some of the plants invade other plants privacy? Then, use the bottom of plastic pots to bury them on the ground. They can work as an excellent border to control the limits of invading plants that can take up good amount of place. It limits the growth of root system giving you excellent control over the plants not to mention protecting the plants growing around.
Gardening is a great experience which every person should do during his lifetime. I spend most of the time in the garden thinking different ways and techniques which I can employ to improve the way my garden looks. I never get satisfied growing the same plants every time, so I keep experimenting and planting different varieties with change in seasons. I know most of the people who like to garden are just crazy about these stuffs as I am and I like to encourage others also to engage in gardening. Whether growing your own veggies, fruits or flowers make sure to plan well with the space and resources available with you for having an efficient garden. Do not just plant anything anywhere but set your garden in such a way that you will feel like spending more time with your garden. A lustrous green garden with colorful stars shining will make your home as well as your surrounding a replica of heaven.