Well, you’ve decided to enter into gardening. Pretty, exciting, huh? Well, except for the fact that there is so much information that you have no clue where to even begin Listed below are some tips that will help you get started and organized so that you can become a successful gardener.
Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. Now, the next time you’re down in the garden, you’ll have a handy ruler without needing to look anywhere else.
A great way to maximize garden potential is to plant perennials. Some edible vegetables will come back year after year with minimal maintenance like weeding, mulching, and fertilizing. Asparagus, bunching onions, and horseradish all will come back every year. Depending upon climate, there are many options for growing perennial vegetables for a maximum yield.
When uprooting a perennial plant, you should start digging at its drip line. Dig a trench around the plant, and cut any roots that extend beyond that trench. You can tie stems together to avoid damaging the plant during the process. Once all the roots are severed lift the plant carefully by its main stem.
If you want something fun to do that will benefit you in the kitchen, try growing some herbs in your window. Some herbs may not take kindly to this, but many willLF
Seeds should be soaked in a dark area overnight. Put a few seeds in a small container and fill it near to the top with water. This will hydrate the seeds and facilitate growth. The seeds will now have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
You can test the viability of your seeds by soaking them overnight. Drop them into a container of water and keep them in a dark place for a day. Check the location of the seeds. If they sank to the bottom, they are usable. If they float the the top, they may be dead.
One of the best ways to maximize the benefits of a garden is to learn how to can. Water bath canning is an effective way to store fresh vegetables for a very long time and is not that difficult to learn how to do. It involves submersing jars of the gardens home grown goodies into a bath of barely boiling water. This will preserve the vegetables for up to a year or more.
Now, don’t you feel better after reading all those tips? That was a lot of information to think upon and read through, but at least now you know what to do and where to begin with your gardening. Plus, you can always refer back to the above list of tips if you forget. Pretty convenient, huh?