If you regularly read this blog you will know that I seriously advocate gardening at home. If you are in a rural or an urban setting, there is no reason not to have a few edible plants growing in the summertime. Very few experiences are as nurturing, to your body and soul, as taking care of a garden and then eating the result of your labor.
Here are 8 simple tips that will help you maintain your home garden:
1. Use a biodegradable seed starter– rather than going out and spending a ton of money on premade seed starters, use what you would normally throw away. Put some dirt in one half of an eggshell or half of a juiced lemon and plant the seed. Then once you have a seedling, just plant the whole thing.
2. Fertilize– Put those organic coffee grounds to good use. Simply sprinkle them around the plants in your garden to enrich the soil. It is cheap and very effective.
3. Keep the soil in your pots– Instead of having all the soil leak out of your flowerpots when you water, line the bottom of the pot with a coffee filter before you add the potting soil. The filter will allow water to run through but will keep the soil in place.
4. Keep your hands clean– Digging in the dirt is a dirty job and this trick makes it easier. Before you begin working in the dirt, run your fingernails along a bar of soap to fill in the gap between your finger and the nail. Then when you are done, simply wash your hands and… whola! Your hands are cleaner than when you began!
5. Space saver– If you have very little outdoor space to garden, consider hanging spare gutters along an exterior wall and plant your veggies there. You could plant anything that does not have a really deep root system; lettuces, spinach, radishes, chard, beans and strawberries are all great choices.
6. Transplanting tips– If you have to transplant a veggie from one area of your garden to another (or from a pot to the ground) dip the roots in cinnamon first. It not only promotes the growth of the root system but it also prevents any fungus that may be present from spreading.
7. Slug problems– If you find you are having problems with slugs eating up your garden, never fear. There is a very easy solution. Simply glue or nail copper pennies along the edge of your garden or your pots. Slugs hate copper.
8. Right tools for the job– As with most endeavors, the right tools make all the difference. To preserve your garden tools and help them last longer, store them in a flowerpot filled with sand. This method helps prevent rust and helps preserve the tools so they last a long, long time.
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Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.