“A love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll, Horticulturist
Warmer weather means spending more time outside, stocking up on vitamin D, and most importantly – working on your beautiful garden. Whether you’re a bright-eyed novice gardener or a seasoned expert, everyone could use a little help to make their garden the best it can be. So, with the help of McDonald Garden Center, Countryside Gardens and Eggleston Garden Center, we’ve collected ten gardening tips and tricks for you to keep in mind when you’re deep in the weeds – literally.
1. Before you plant, try to calculate just how much sunlight your blooms need. Most plants only need six hours of sunlight to thrive. Be sure to check the plant’s tags for an exact amount.
2. To improve your soil, try working in a few inches of compost. Manure and peat moss are acceptable alternatives.
3. Use a fertilizer with a high level of phosphorus to keep your gardens and containers blooming.
4. If you opt-out of gardening gloves, run your fingernails across a bar of soap. This will keep dirt from accumulating under your nails.
5. Plants absorb water through their roots, so make sure you’re watering at the base of the plant where the soil is. If you water the tops of plant leaves, you can cause fungus and disease.