Landscaping around the home adds a great appearance. Flower beds, trees, and shrubs give a home a finished look, and most homeowners take great pride in the way their landscaped areas look. Your garden, on the other hand, is more of a mystery. Too many homeowners think that gardening is tough work and complicated; the truth is that growing herbs, vegetables, and flowers is as easy as you want it to be. Home-grown vegetables and herbs taste better than store-bought varieties, and by growing your own flowers, you can have cut arrangements inside your home any time you want.
Here are some tips to get you started on simple home gardening:
Get an early start with a mini greenhouse: The earlier you start your seedlings, the longer they can grow and produce flowers and vegetables. Get a jump on the growing season with a miniature greenhouse. Simply cover the seedling pots with a clear storage tub (found at any home improvement store) and place in a sunny location. The storage tub traps warm air, preventing tender seedlings from freezing.
Starting seeds: save household containers for inexpensive seed starting. Foam egg cartons, empty yogurt cups, and even the plastic trays that tomatoes and other produce come in make great seed starting containers. Punch a few holes in the bottom of each container to allow for drainage. A great benefit of this tip is that the containers are reusable year after year, saving you money on gardening supplies.
A weeding tip: when you plant seeds in a prepared garden plot, it can be tough to tell the young desirable plants from the unwanted weeds. To erase the confusion, section toilet paper and paper towel tubes with scissors, forming cardboard rings. Plant your seeds inside each ring, which are pressed into the soil surface. If a plant sprouts inside one of the rings, it’s a keeper!
Ground cover for shady areas: it’s a fact of home ownership that shady areas are tough places to grow grass. Bare spots under trees and covered areas can lead to an unsightly appearance. To combat that, select hardy ground covers like hostas, pachysandra, periwinkle, deadnettle, and golden star. Consult with local nurseries to determine which plants are best for your location.
Transporting plants: when it’s time to bring your new plants home from the nursery, those plants can get damaged if they are allowed to slide around in the back of your car. To help protect them, first place a small stepladder in the trunk or cargo space. Then, place the potted plants between the rungs of the ladder. This keeps them from moving around, no matter how aggressively you drive.
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