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Gardening: 9 Tips All At-Home Gardeners Need to Know

By    |   Wednesday, 27 July 2016 08:51 AM

Gardening is a rewarding hobby once you learn the ropes. Here are some great tips for making your home garden a huge success.

The popular self-sufficiency and homesteading website, Mother Earth News, lists these important tips for gardeners:

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1. Grow essential culinary herbs. According to their massive online survey of home gardeners, kitchen herbs like basil, dill, mint, parsley, and cilantro ranked high in value because they are easy to grow and used often in home cooking but expensive to buy.

2. Planting new sowings of a particular crop every two or three weeks, called succession planting, during the season will prolong your harvest.

3. Because home gardens can yield large amounts of crops all at once, the best way to avoid wasting food is to plan for canning and freezing. Then you can enjoy your garden’s bounty all year long.

Planet Natural offers up these tips:

4. Plant garlic, onions, and chives. Insect pests that can wreak havoc on your garden can’t stand these crops, so plant them around the garden.

5. If your garden is full of fall crops, don’t panic if the weather forecast calls for a light frost. Crops like carrots, parsnips, kale, and Brussels sprouts can not only survive frost, but they’ll taste better for it.

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6. At the height of the season, it can be easy to misplace your favorite pruners and hand trowels. Paint the handles with bright colors to make them easy to spot. Consider installing a nice-looking mailbox in your garden to house frequently used tools.

Reader’s Digest lists these must-know tips:

7. A scrapbook can be even better than a journal for garden record keeping. Keep plant tags and empty seed packets in the pages along with your notes about planting and any observations for easy reference.

8. Large planters filled with soil and plants can get very heavy. Instead of filling them completely with soil, fill them about one-third full with packing peanuts. Top the peanuts with a sheet of landscape fabric and then fill with soil and plants.

9. Some plants like mint can take over entire gardens in no time. Keep them in check by burying a large pot in the ground and planting your aggressive plant in it to control root spread.

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Brande Plotnick is an ambitious home cook, gardener, beekeeper, writer, and speaker who started her website, Tomato Envy, to inspire others to find their deliberately decadent life at home. Brande’s down-to-earth style and approachable manner have been winning over the readers who follow her blog. Her work has been featured in Urban Farm Magazine, Natural Awakenings, Mother Earth News, and the Whole Seed Catalog.

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