Sometimes I think I'm getting better at gardening, sometimes I think I'm getting worse. Good and bad aside, here's some things I've learned (mostly from my dad who is a badass at gardening) that I thought I'd share now that spring is officially here.
1. Have a plan. I've mostly failed at this, but the ideal situation is to organize your garden so that you replenish plants when necessary. You don't want to have perennials, which have a shorter bloom, loose their luster at the same time your annuals, which die out each year, bite the dust. Also, it's a good idea to separate herbs from flowers.
-->Good tip "tis' better to succeed just a little than to fail grandly"
Start small, succeed small, build on that success.
2. Improve the soil: How? Organic matter. Compost, decayed leaves, grass clippings and organic fertilizer.
3. Prune: remove dead leaves and flowers. Trim or remove stems and branches that are growing wild and crazy to keep the shape pretty.
4. Keep pests out: pick off caterpillars and give them a new home (outside of your garden!). Use an organic spray to keep bugs away (don't be polluting the ocean and waterways now with chemical runoff, ya hear? :). Keep an eye on your plants for noticeable signs of sickness or disease.
-->tip: I've heard you can place chamomile tea at the base of a seedling once a week to control damping-off fungus.
5. Give them food and water. I know this is obvious, but this is typically where I struggle. I usually remember to water my plants, except when I don't and their soil turns to some form of concrete. I also forget that, aside from water, plats like to eat, too. Take the information stake that comes with the plants and leave it with that plant (push it down in the dirt behind it so you can't see it and then pull it out for reference when you need to). Then you can remember exactly what you're supposed to do for feeding and watering for each one.
Got any other tips? I'd love to hear them!
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