If given two options – to workout or binge watch a TV series, which one would you choose?
I think 9 out of 10 times you’ll choose to watch the TV series (probably on your couch).
Don’t worry in this article we’re going to tell you about 9 gardening tips which will help you better your gardening skills even if you are a very lazy person.
Plant Perennials in your garden
Perennials are plants which live longer than two years. The term is usually used to differentiate shorter-lived plants from longer-lived ones.
Few examples of Perennials
- Kiwi fruit
In comparison to annuals, you won’t have to replant these plants every year. Don’t worry, there are a lot of perennials plants you can plant in your garden.
To check the complete list of perennial plants, read this post.
Plant low-maintenance vegetables
Let’s face this:
Some vegetables are easy to grow while others need a lot more care. So why not choose to plant only those vegetables that can grow without needing a lot of care.
Few examples are:
- Cherry Tomatoes
The lesser the work, the more you’ll love gardening.
Save time in cleaning the gardening tools
If you are into gardening, then you must be knowing the time spent in cleaning the tools. Don’t worry, I have a simple trick to prevent you from cleaning the tools again and again (and it will keep them sharp as well). Credit – OneGoodThing
You will require:
- TerraCotta pot
- Sand (enough to fill the pot)
- Mineral Oil
Put the sand and the oil in the pot to make your own self-cleaning and self-sharpening tool holder. Every element has their own usage. The sand helps in keeping the tools sharp while the oil helps to keep the tools lubricated removing any dirt or rust building up.
Save time, don’t till
Many gardeners spend a lot of time in tilling the soil. But tilling the soil actually isn’t good. It actually kills the soil’s life.
The soil’s health is very crucial for the ecosystem. There are a lot of microbes in the soil which are responsible for sending minerals to the plants.
I agree that tilling the soil helps in supplying more oxygen to the plants, but it eventually desertifies the soil. Furthermore, tiling takes a lot of time and requires a lot of hard work.
Did you know?
The roots of walnut trees produce a substance called juglone. This substance is very toxic to plants such as tomatoes and potatoes (mostly sun-loving plants).
Fertilise the soil using whatever you have
There are a lot of things (that you might think as useless) that you can make use to fertilize your soil.
Some common examples are:
- Vegetable and Fruit Peels
- Egg shells
- Coffee grounds
- Shredded paper
- Water from the fish tank (it’s nitrogen-rich)
These are some of the many things that you might feel useless but can be made useful. So next when you are making excuses like “no fertilizer left”, think again 🙂 .
Most people think that the fertilizer is crucial for the growth of the plants,soil quality is. The best soil structure is easy to dig,crumbly, one which accepts water easily, and offers oxygen for plant roots. You can also use organic fertilizers to add phosphate, nitrogen and potash.
Pro Tip - Avoid planting in or digging wet soil. This damages the soil structure.
Here’s a post you might want to read – How to make compost that works
If you are looking to acidify your soil for plants like blueberries and camellias use leftover tea and coffee grounds (a light sprinkling will do the job).
Put watering on autopilot
Have you heard about Drip irrigation?
Drip irrigation is quite a simple system. For years, it has stood out to be ultra-efficient way of watering. It can be both used by farmers and homeowners.
Basically the system prevents water loss from evaporation and runoff. So using this method, not only you will save water but time too.
Make sure to check the hardness of your water, if it’s hard you should probably use any of these best water softener.
Below is a diagram which help you understand better the whole drip irrigation system –Credit
If you want to use backyard rainwater harvesting you check this post.
Don’t clean up everything
Most of the times at fall, people clean up everything but you shouldn’t.
You should keep the grasses for beauty and the seed heads of perennial plants such as coneflowers for the birds to eat.
Don’t throw your fall leaves. You can use them as compost by chopping them. Pulverized leaves in your garden can be left to nourish your lawn.
BHG says – Avoid cutting back marginally hardy perennials, such as garden mums, to increase their chances of surviving a harsh winter.
Most people drain off the water after boiling vegetables.
Prevent dust from accumulating under your fingernails
One of the toughest job after gardening is to remove the dust from fingernails.
Don’t worry, here’s a tip.
Before going to work in the garden just draw your fingernails across a bar of any soap. This will help to seal the undersides of your nail hence preventing the dust to collect inside your fingernail.
After work use a nail brush to remove the soap from the fingernails.
Clean salt deposits from clay pots
Having a hard time cleaning salt deposits from clay pots?
Yes! Here’s a quick tip.
The things you would need –
- White Vinegar
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Spray Bottle
First combine equal parts white vinegar, water and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Apply this liquid to the pot and scrub it with a brush. This will easily clean the clay pots.
Hope all the tips mentioned above were useful and actionable. Gardening can be fun by using the above tweaks.
What are your tips? Mention it below in the comments section. Would love to know 🙂