50 Gardening Tips

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SAVE THOSE COFFEE GROUNDS: Coffee grounds make an excellent addition to compost bins, and they can also be used as a direct mulch or side dressing for nitrogen-hungry crops such as tomatoes and squash. Don’t layer too much coffee straight into beds, however, as it could lead to mold growth. Many local coffee shops will give you their excess coffee grounds for free if you’re trying to cover a large area.

COLLECT TEA BAGS: Like coffee grounds, tea bags can make an excellent addition to your compost pile. Many gardeners say leftover tea and tea bags are especially helpful with azalea plants.

ADD EGGSHELLS: Crushed eggshells have been used for years to encourage plants to grow big and healthy. Simply crush them up and add them around your plants’ root base, or add them to the compost pile.

MAKE YOUR OWN INSECTICIDE: To make your own effective, DIY insecticide, simply mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap with 1 gallon of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and spray on plants’ leaves and stems. This will help repel pests such as aphids and spider mites. Be sure to reapply after it rains.

PLANT MARIGOLDS: For years, gardeners have planted marigolds near tomato plants to keep bad bugs away. There’s some controversy as to whether this is actually true or not, but who cares? It adds color and beauty to the garden.

WATER IN THE MORNING: This seems obvious, but many people still don’t follow this advice. Morning is by far the most efficient time to water, as less moisture evaporates from the heat. If you do only a few things on this list, make this one of them.

KEEP A GARDEN JOURNAL: Even if you don’t keep a journal every year, try keeping one for a year or two. Write down details such as which varieties you chose and how well they did; when the last day of frost was in your area; when certain plants emerged; what plants had pest problems; and other tidbits like this. It’ll help you plan more efficiently in future years.

MAKE MISTAKES: Everyone should experience a little trial-and-error. It’s part of being a gardener. So be adventurous and push the limits in your own backyard to discover your next favorite plant.

GROW WITH LOVE: Here’s a quote from one of our Facebook readers, passed down for generations in her family. We think it’s excellent advice to follow. “What you seed with love and nurture with love will grow with love.”