If you want your plants to grow healthy, you need to make your soil healthy. A compost is a natural soil conditioner made from various organic wastes.
Composting is not just beneficial to your garden, it is quite beneficial to the environment as well because it saves the organic wastes from being thrown to the already loaded landfills.
If you are ready to create your own compost bin, here are some tips you might find useful:
Don’t throw your food scraps away. – Food scraps such as bread crusts and lemon peels may be added to your compost.
Don’t throw garden waste away. – Each time you mow your lawn and cut some branches, don’t throw these garden wastes away. Green matter can be quite useful in composting.
Don’t throw paper or cardboard products away. – Paper and cardboard materials are excellent additions to your compost bin. Just don’t forget to shred your papers and cut your cardboard to smaller pieces to help them break down easier.
Chop the organic wastes you will add to your compost bin. – The process of composting greatly involves breaking down the organic materials you have used on it. When you chop the food scraps or garden clippings, you make the breaking down phase easier and faster.
Water it down. – Moisture is mandatory for your compost to break down effectively. Since you are already doing using items that are supposed to be thrown away, you can even maximize what you can do for waste reduction by using used water for your compost such as water used in vases or water used in cooking or boiling.
Turn or mix your compost. – Along with moisture, oxygen is also needed for your organic materials to turn into usable compost. Turn or mix your compost from time to time to make sure each portion would receive the oxygen it needs.
There’s always something new to learn – even in gardening. For newbies in gardening, there are countless effective gardening hacks you can try the next time you tend your garden and plant some seeds, to make gardening easier.
- Using eggshells and lemon peels to start your seedlings. Eggshells and lemon peels are great to be used for gardening since both self-compost, and when they do, they provide additional nutrients to the soil which will be beneficial to your plants. Don’t forget to put a small hole at the bottom of the peel or eggshell to allow water to drain properly.
- Use hydrogen peroxide to prevent rotting of your plants. Mix water with hydrogen peroxide to control its strength. Fungal infections on plants can also be fixed by the mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide.
- If you don’t have anyone else to water your plants while you go on a trip, use used wine bottles and fill it with water. Then, put the water filled bottle upside down next to your plant, this way, your plants will be well watered for the entire time you are away.
- Using coffee filters inside the pots, under your plant will also help in maintaining the moisture within the soil. This is excellent if you are tired of seeing all the water easily and quickly being drained from your potted plants as you water them.
- Adding cinnamon powder to your seedlings will promote quicker stem growth. In addition, cinnamon also has anti-fungal properties which can protect your plants from diseases.
- Weed growth is something every gardener hates, and you can prevent the weed from growing in your garden by using vinegar. Simply put the vinegar inside a spray bottle and spray away! Vinegar is also amazing at preventing bugs and other pests from damaging your plants.
- And finally, I learned this trick from a guy who does pavers in Las Vegas, If you have a vegetable garden and is planting tomatoes, add baking soda to the soil for your plant to produce sweeter tomatoes.
You wear proper clothes when you do some do-it-yourself painting, you wear the right clothes when you scrub your bathroom floor – when it comes to gardening, you also need to wear the right clothes.
If you wear proper gardening attire, you give yourself added protection and you also make yourself feel comfortable enough to move around freely while tending your garden.
A pair of gardening gloves is a must-have for every gardener. Keep in mind that gardening involves cutting, being exposed to thorny stems, soil, and water. Gloves can help you safely trim and cut bushes and branches and can help protect your hands from water and soil (if you don’t want to hold it with your bare hands). There are so many gardening gloves to choose from – cut resistant, leather, insulated, made from goatskin – choose whatever you are most comfortable using.
Just like gardening gloves, gardening shoes are important too. You would be working directly with earth and water – you have to choose gardening shoes that will provide you with traction as well as protection from water.
Hats can help protect your face from heat while gardening. Gardens are usually placed in areas directly exposed to the sun, and this means that working on a garden gets you exposed to the sunlight, too. While using sunscreen can help you, adding a hat for better protection is a wise move. Regular straw hats are great for gardening.
A light colored, the loose cotton shirt will be ideal for gardening because it will allow your skin to breathe. During gardening, you can expect to be soaked in sweat so you need something breathable. As for the pants, a pair of waterproof workout pants will be great because it can help you move any way you want, and is easy to wash even if they get in contact with dirt.
Being a beginner at gardening, you must prepare yourself for the possible mistakes you may commit while still learning about plants. While errors can be frustrating, you should accept that they happen and just learn from them.
Still, while errors can benefit you in some ways, it would still be better (for most of us) if we don’t have to commit mistakes while gardening. Gardening mistakes can waste your energy, your money, and of course, your time.
For beginners, here are some basic dos and don’ts in gardening you might want to keep in mind:
Do read the packaging for every seed you are planting. Reading carefully will give you a lot of information about the proper handling of each plant. Gardening takes more than simply burying a seed into the ground and watering it. Each plant is unique and may require careful handling. Almost everything you need to know about a plant or a seed is indicated on the packaging.
Do keep an eye on your garden and be mindful of weed growth. Aside from being unsightly, weeds can cause damage to your garden. They can provide shelter for pests, and some can even cause allergies to you or your family members.
Do use fertilizers to facilitate the growth of your plants.
Don’t water your plants excessively. While it might be tempting for some to water their plants too much to ensure plant growth, it is still possible for your plants to get drowned because of excessive watering.
Don’t forget to treat each plant differently. Some plants require direct sunlight while others need shade. Again, read the packaging carefully to be certain that you are not unknowingly killing your plants.
Don’t overuse herbicide on your plants. It’s understandable for some to use herbicide to get rid of unwanted weeds but use it sparingly and carefully so as not to kill off your garden plants.