Spring is slowly approaching us here in the mid-west finally.
Are you ready? Let’s gather our supplies and get digging.
Let’s do this! Here’s a few things you will need.
You have your plan down and maybe have planted your seedlings by now and soon to be transplanted, Plus the other seeds or plants to put in, so what else you might say is needed?
Tools are very important for a Gardner and I have learned throughout the years that it pays to spend a little extra for a strong working tool and not a soft bending cheap tool! Nothing more maddening than trying to dig a hole or plant a flower and your tool bends right in your hand!
There are many quality tools available on-line and in your local farmer supply stores and Hardware stores. Here is a nice set on line for an idea.
What kind of tools you ask Well ,here’s a few ideas to get you thinking.
Long Handle Shovel
Don’t forget buckets, hoses, spikes, fencing or rope. Now go out their and mark your garden territory and get to digging and planting!!
Take a tour at your local garden centers and see what you come up with!
So you have your tools now and I assume your garden is cleared and waiting for the new plants or seeds to be planted or maybe you are going to do container planting, If so be sure your containers are clean and fresh soil in them because you don’t want bacteria and insects destroying your baby plants! Also make sure they have drainage holes so you don’t drown the roots!
Make sure also that your new plants get at least 6-8 hours of sunlight to promote growth. Don’t do like I did a few years ago and forgot to Label my plants! It’s hard to tell sometimes what they are until they grow a little.
You have your new hoses so don’t forget to water in the mornings, It is best to prevent disease and will make the root system grow deeper.
When it comes to weeding I like to do it in the mornings for one it’s not as hot and the soil is not a dry so they are easier to pull out. Mulch will help to keep the weeds down also. Gardening
Did you raise your own seedlings? If so don’t forget to harden them before you trans plant them, which is letting them sit our doors for short time periods each day at least 50 degrees outside is best to get them accustomed to the outdoors and also prevent shock!
I have new baby’s that shot up yesterday! My seedlings
Don’t forget to thin out your plants if they become to crowded plus you want to be strong and healthy.
How about some natural fertilizers! I like epsom salt and vinegar.
Another important thing to watch for are those pesky pests! And how to get rid of them.
One good natural way to plant other plants that will deter the Pest such as Marigolds, garlic, chives, catmint, lemongrass and thyme. Also another good one is 1 Tsp of liquid Castile soap to a spray bottle of water, If you want to go Gangster Mad add 1 tsp of hot sauce to the bottled mixture!
Well happy Gardening and hope these few tips will get you started or thinking about a garden and rasing your own food this season! Think Mean and Green!
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