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Ten Great Gardening Tips

Gardening can be a fun hobby and help to provide you with some much needed exercise.

Gardening can be a fun hobby and help to provide you with some much needed exercise.

Ten Great Gardening Tips

It doesn't matter if your an avid gardener or just have a pretty yard below are ten gardening tips that can really help you with growing a garden. And anything that helps my garden grow is always welcome. There's nothing like enjoying fresh tomatoes out of your garden or picking a few cucumbers for an afternoon snack. Once you start growing your own vegetable garden I think you will be amazed at what the fresh vegetables out of your garden will taste. Just this evening I was eating a delicious homegrown tomato sandwich and you know what. It was one of the most wonderful tasting things I have ever tasted.

10 Great Gardening Tips

1. Coffee Grounds make an excellent organic fertilizer. I have found that they work especially well with cherry tomatoes that I grow in hanging baskets. I really could tell the difference from after I added the coffee grounds to the hanging baskets of tomatoes and before. Just a few days after I would add the coffee grounds I would notice lots of new plant growth.

2. You can make a real good insecticide from three tablespoons of dish washing liquid added to a quart spray bottle of water. Just be sure to use it only after the sun has left the plants for the day so you do not burn them. Never spray water or insecticide on your plants until the sun has set.

3. If you have a problem with animals digging up your bulbs in the spring put a teaspoon of powdered garlic into the hole with each bulb and they will leave your bulbs along. Or you can wrap each bulb in steel wool and the bulbs will come right up through the steel wool.

4. You can keep hanging baskets and other planters nice and moist by putting a well packed few inches of shredded newspaper in the bottom of each container. You won't need to water quite as often and eventually the newspaper will break down and become part of the soil in the containers.

5. If you have a rock walk way that weeds and grass come up in and bother you it's a easy problem to take care of. Put 2 cups of salt into 2 quarts of water and boil it. Pour it out boiling hot and well stirred into all the cracks and the weeds and grass will be gone.

6. Keep flies away from a screen door by hanging a quart plastic bag of water above the door. I don't know why but the flies will stay away.

7. If you have problems with cats or rabbits digging or being in an area where you don't want them sprinkle the ground with a mixture of ground cayenne pepper and ground red pepper flakes. You can also plant a few garlic bulbs around your garden and it will accomplish the same thing though not as fast.

8. In order not to get radishes and other similar plants from being planted to thick just mix the seeds with an equal amount of sand and you will get nice evenly spaced plants and they won't come up to thick.

9. Use your same garden space twice by planting your corn and then when the corn is about two foot tall go back and plant pole beans at the foot of each cornstalk. The pole beans will go up and around the corn stalks and you'll be able to pick both your sweet corn and pole beans in the same place.

10. Do you have a problem with slugs in your garden. A simple solution for the slugs is to put out a few very small dishes of beer in the evenings about sundown and the slugs will drink and drown at the same time. In the morning just dump the containers into the trash. You can declare chemical warfare on ants in your garden by mixing an equal amount of instant grits and sugar together and sprinkle it onto ant mounds and along ant trails. The ants eat the grits and then when they drink any water the ants blow up and your rid of all those pesky ants.

And there are 10 or maybe a few more of my latest gardening tips. If you have any gardening tips or questions please post them below in the comments section. And thanks for reading my Hub Page on Garden Tips.

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1. When You Water And How Is Very Important

You only need to water your garden before sun rise or after sunset. Never water your plants when the sun is shining on them or you'll harm or kill your plants. If you water in the morning make it at least one hour before the sun will be shining on your plants. And its always better to use a sprinkler to water with rather than a hosepipe. The sprinkler will water your plants evenly and you'll never be able to do that with a hose pipe.

2. Remember To Side Dress Your Vegetables With Fertilizer When They Start Producing.

You'll want to be sure to side dress your vegetables with a 5 - 10 - 5 fertilizer when you see your vegetable plants start to put on vegetables. Stay back from the vegetables at least a foot and don't touch your vegetables with the fertilizer.

3. Plant Marigolds With Your Tomatoes To Keep Away Pests.

If you'll always make it a practice to plant a few marigold plants among your marigold plants you'll never have a problem with garden pests ruining your tomato crop. Marigolds are one of the best natural pest controls there are. Not only will they keep away insect pests but they will also keep away rabbits and groundhogs.

4. Heirloom Tomatoes Have Wonderful Flavors.

Over the winter when your shut inside the house spend some time doing research and check out the seed companies for heirloom tomatoes. I think you'll find that heirloom tomatoes will taste far better than regular tomatoes. I grow both regular size heirloom tomatoes and cherry heirloom tomatoes. And the flavors of the heirloom tomatoes are far superior to regular tomatoes.

I grow several varieties of both regular size heirloom tomatoes and heirloom cherry tomatoes. Black Krim is one of my favorite varieties of large heirloom tomatoes. If you've never tried growing heirloom tomatoes you should give them a try.

5. Support Your Plants.

Use stakes, twine, tomato cages and etc. to provide support for your vegetable plants. Don't let your tomato plants fall over on the ground or you will have all kinds of problems with your tomatoes.

6. Mulch Is Important.

Using mulch is very important. Black plastic works great for heat loving tomatoes and it helps to hold the moisture in so you don't have to water as often. If you put down straw mulch 4-6 inches thick you won't have a serious problem with weeds.

7. Trim Your Herbs Regularly.

You can trim herbs like basil back by a full third and they won't go to seed. Instead they will bush out and produce lots more leaves. Keep all the flowers trimmed off herbs and they will bush out and produce lots more herbs.

Please post your garden tips, questions, or comments now. And thanks for reading.

Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on March 14, 2011:

I have done the water in the bag, but I was told to add some pennys to the water. Something about the reflection chases them away. Did not work. LOL

Also I put salt around my plants, not real close the slugs will not cross the salt and when it gets on them it kills them.

Thank you for the 10 garden tips. They will help this planting season.

nelson soares from Sunny Algarve on March 14, 2011:

Thanks for the tips and voted up, as for nº6, I known that one for a few years, used it and it works...but it still baffles me!

Could it be that the flies see their reflection amplified and fly off elsewhere???

Yvonne131 on March 13, 2011:

Hello! I live in an area that have a lot of deer. Can anyone tell me what colorful flowers and plants I can add to my landscaping that the deer will stay away from?

Thanks, Yvonne

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on March 13, 2011:

I found it fascinating that a bag of water will keep away flies. Great tips.

katrinasui on March 13, 2011:

Interesting hub. thanks for these useful tips.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on March 13, 2011:

I never thought about using steel wool to keep critters away from bulbs - I am so excited for the gardening season to begin!

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