There is nothing quite like a garden full of fresh vegetables and fruits and beautiful blooming flowers. The problem is that for many of us, it seems to take a lot of work to get even a few tomatoes to grow or for your flower beds to stay weed-free.
To help ease your gardening frustrations and give you more time to enjoy the time you spend outside, we’ve collected a range of gardening tips that you can use now, in the fall and in the spring – to help give you a garden that is pleasing and not back-breaking:
- Garden tools can be cumbersome and heavy to carry around, consider setting up a storage location for your tools in your garden. There is no rule that says you must store your garden tools in your shed or garage!
- To limit the amount of garden visitors you have, make sure that you don’t have any overripe vegetables in your garden. These overripe vegetables give off strong scents that attract unwanted garden pests.
- Think twice before you water. When did it rain last? When did you last water your garden? Remember the golden rule: it’s easier to revive a dry plant than to dry out a drowned plant.
- Compost is your gardening buddy – use it when you transplant vegetables or flowers. Deposit a small amount in the hole to provide extra nourishment.
- Think natural when it comes to your fertilizers – not only is this healthier for you and your garden but worms love natural fertilizer. The more worms in your garden, the better the air space in your soil – ensuring your plants grow better.
- To help keep your garden vegetables a bit “cleaner” and to aid in weed prevention, spread some natural untreated mulch around the base of each plant.
- Applying compost can be time-consuming and hard on your body. To help save you time and stress on your body, try this tip: apply the compost in the fall after you’ve cleared your garden and then apply some kind of winter mulch such as hay or raked up leaves. Then thanks to the snow coverage and spring melt, all of the healthy and natural organisms from the compost will be integrated into your garden!
- Let’s talk about mowing the lawn… Honestly this can be a chore and is not easy on your body. To limit the amount of time you spend mowing your lawn, think about planting easy-to-maintain shrubs, incorporating lawn ornaments such as a rock garden, and small beds of flowers and other plants that require little-to-no maintenance. (Or pay the teenager on your street to mow your lawn and in the winter to shovel your driveway!)
- Weed after a rainstorm. The soil and ground is much more supple and soft after it has rained – this is the perfect time to pull on your rubber boots and get weeding. Weeds with long roots, such as dandelions will come out much more easily when the soil is soft.
- Plant your garden where you can easily see it. Not only does this allow you to enjoy it more, it is also much easier to maintain it. It’s easier to get out and work in your garden when it’s easily accessible.
Of course we always want to hear from you! What are your gardening tips that make it easier to garden when you’re also managing stiff joints or sore muscles? Do you have gardening tips that let you spend more time eating the vegetables than tending to them? Let us know on our Facebook page – we love getting your feedback.