Don’t Have A Green Thumb? Gardening Tips with the Painters!
Usually on the Great Expectations Blog, we write a LOT about painting/paint care and etc. With spring finally preparing to sneak out in the next few months, we wanted to lighten up a little and get back to our roots, literally! Over the next few weeks, we will be providing some great tips for preparing your garden as the spring weather saves us from winter. Here are a few gardening tips to get you started! Enjoy!
Pay close attention to your organic garden, and take the absolute best care of it that you possibly can. Gardeners need to use all the information they can to create and tend to their organic garden. Your goal should be to grow healthy, happy and delicious organic products. Follow these tips to make your organic garden stand out above the rest.
Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
Remove your garden’s weeds! If you’re not careful, weeds can take over your beautiful garden, ruining it. To aid in this venture, you might want to use white vinegar. White vinegar kills weeds. Mix white vinegar and water into a spray bottle instead of pulling the weeds by hand.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you leave your grass kind of high, your roots will be deeper and your lawn will be stronger and not dry out. Cutting your grass too short will cause it to dry out and turn brown in patches throughout your yard.
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. This is more effective than putting plastic on the plant, it will let the air flow.
Split up irises. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. Lift the dead bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Make use of a knife to split up rhizomes. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. Replant the new shoots right away.
There are several all-natural ways to keep pests out of your garden, including certain plants. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Wood ash also makes a great insect deterrent; simply use it as mulch around your shrub and tree seedlings. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.
Take the time to place organic mulch in the area around your vegetable plants. The mulch will help keep the soil moist for longer periods of time. In addition, it will keep the weeds from growing. You will benefit by not having to spend so much time fighting weed growth.
By having an organic garden, you will be providing yourself with much fresher and more nutritious produce. It does take work and patience, but all is worth it come mealtimes that include your organic, homegrown produce.