5 Gardening Tips To Make Your Garden Flourish

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Whether you’re a first time gardener wanting to gain some knowledge in obtaining the perfect garden or you’re a pro gardener just wanting to pick up some new tricks — we’ve got some great helpful tips that will help your garden flourish.

The Perfect Enviroment

The environment that is provided to your garden is an essential key to keeping your garden flourishing. If possible, keep your potted plants in a warm, moist environment. The temperature needs to remain steady and warm so that your plants can grow more vibrantly. Know before you grow: Each type of seed all require a different range of temperatures to successfully germinate, so be sure to know when it is best to start your growing process for what you plan to grow.

Some vegetables that grow well in warmer climates include: Snap beans, Corn, Cucumber, Melons, Peppers,Tomatoes, and Squash.

Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, blueberries and strawberries are all great for growing in cooler climates.

Use Leftover Food

Just like all living things, plants need food too. The soil will provide majority of the plants with the nourishment they will need. However, even us humans need a boost now and then, so why not give your plants a healthy boost too? Give your potted plants a great nutrient boost by adding leftover boiled (cooled off) water  from vegetables to them — great way to save water, and give your plants a nutritious drink that will help with their growth. Growing blueberries this summer? Try adding coffee grounds or tea grounds to the soil to help it acidify. Adding this to your soil once a month will balance out the pH levels, help with drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil. Another great leftover food item to add to your soil are egg shells. Ground eggshells provide your plants with calcium which is essential for building healthy cell walls of a plant.

Know When & How Much To Water Your Plants

Water your plants in the morning and evening when the sun is not at its peak of the day. If plants have too much water on them when the sun rays are burning down, this can have a magnifying glass effect and burn the leaves and foliage. Garden Planting Tips recommends training plants when they are young to need less water. Get them used to an irregular watering pattern. Training plants in this way, when they are young can be good preparation if you know your area is prone to warm summers. We all know watering your plants are an essential need for growth and while that might be true in summer if your area is prone to droughts, causing you to have water restrictions –adding potassium to the water provides extra hydration as well help with many deficiencies that occur during summer months.

For months you are experiencing a drought causing you to have to cut back on water consumption — you can use rainwater, which you can store in containers provided by Rain Water Tanks.

When watering your plants be sure to focus the water on the roots not the leaves. You can use a soil moisture sensor, which detects not just moisture but also the temperature, nutrition, and humidity of your soil.

How To Get Rid Of Garden Insects

First off, not all bugs are bad –some are actually good for your garden — improving your soil, pollinating your crops, and controlling problematic insects are some of the benefits some bugs offer to your garden. It is important that you learn the difference of the good and bad bugs. Bugguide.net is a great site to learn more on this subject. Many of the bad bugs show up yearly around the same time, this gives you a certain time when you can expect them and get rid of them or grow when they are not in season if possible. Knowing which bugs are common in your area can better help you know which fruit and vegetable they attract, which you may want to retain from growing or you can be bettr prepared in keeping the pests at bay.

You can search the list of the most destructive garden bugs {HERE} and find out how to repel them.

Hand-picking the pests early in the morning has been a proven method that works too. The morning time is when the bugs are moving slowly, allowing you to catch them easily.

You can add pest eating insects to your garden such as lizards or snakes to help keep the bad bugs away. Be sure if you choose this method to make sure the pest eating insect you choose has the habitat they need in order to survive.

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