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10 Expert Gardening Tips for Beginners

10 Expert Gardening Tips for Beginners
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If you love to garden, the following 10 garden tips will help you a better, faster, cleaner and more efficient gardener.

  1. Have a Gardener’s Portfolio

Crating a scrapbook using an inexpensive photo album is the best way to keep tabs on your garden. You can add you plant tags and stick to it each season. Add as much detailed information into it like where the plants were purchased and where the plant is located on your garden.

  1. Make a Non-stick Shovel

Spraying your garden shovel with Teflon or silicone lubricant will make it easier it easier to use. The soil will just slip right off the shovel without a mess.

  1. Lighten the Load on Pots

You may also want to make your planting pots by filling at least one-third of the pot with packing peanuts. Remember to place a piece of landscape fabric on top of the packing peanuts before layering on your potting soil.

  1. Transport Your Plants

The next time you go shopping for seedlings, line the back of your car with a plastic tarp and then place a small step ladder on top of it. The slots on the ladder can be the perfect compartments to safely transport your fragile seedlings.

  1. Easy to Read Rain Gauge

If you have ever had difficulty reading your rain gauge, you’ll find this one very useful. Add a bit of food coloring to the bottom and the rain water will combine with dye, making the water level easy to read.

  1. Restrict an Aggressive Plant

The best way to keep an aggressive plant like the gooseneck loosestrife from taking over your garden is to plant them in a plastic container. You may also want to want to cut out the bottom of the container so the roots can grow directly into the soil.

  1. Help Out Your Root-Bond Plants

Root-bond plants growing in a pot can run out of room to grow and so they begin to form tight circles of roots. The problem with these tight roots is that they can prevent water and other essential nutrients from getting to the leaves. You can use your fingers to gently guide the roots outwards.

  1. Protect Your Bulbs

You can stop creatures and bugs from munching on your flower bulbs by staking netting over the bed of flowers. In the spring, you can simply remove the netting or cut holes in the cloth to let the plants grow through.

  1. Portable Potting

You can fit a piece of plywood to the back end with wood cleats. This will create a surface that makes it very easy to pot your plants. You can easily wheel your soil and plants to the garden in one easy trip.

  1. Blemish Free Roses

Pruning your roses is a crucial step to keep the center of the flower open, so sunshine can reach the plants. Pruning will also keep moisture out and prevent black spots and other blights from forming on the plants.

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