Spring is the season for gardening, and after the winter cold I absolutely love to get out in the backyard and enjoy the flowers and sunshine while reconnecting to the earth. For me gardening is a great way to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world, and over the years I have learned many tricks that make gardening easier and more efficient. Here are 5 quick tips for your spring garden!
1. If you draw your fingernails across a bar of soap you will seal the underside of the nail and prevent dirt from accumulating beneath your fingernails as you work in the garden. Once you work is done, you can remove the soap from your nails with a nailbrush.
2. The Great Lakes Region is famous for its sudden temperatures swings in the spring, and using clay pots as cloches is a great way to protect young plants from overnight frost and freezing.
3. If you are steaming or boiling vegetables, instead of pouring the water down the drain pour it over your potted plants. The nutritious vegetable medley will do wonders for the growth of your plants.
4. Certain plants such as gardenias, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, and even blueberries require the soil to be on the acidic side, and a great way to acidify your soil naturally is to sprinkle a quarter of an inch of leftover coffee and tea grounds over the soil once a month.
5. Damping off fungus often attacks young seedlings and this can wreak havoc in your garden. In order to control this pesky occurrence the natural way, simply pour some camomile tea around the base of the seedlings once per week.
These quick strategies have worked great for me over the years, ad I have many more tips and tricks for those of you who are interested. Feel free to drop me a line at Barbara.Grumme@century21.ca for more info!