DIY Gardening Tips and Tricks
create a beautiful garden at your home
Today, we live in a truly interesting era where technology takes over the key role
in our lives. Consequently, our tie to the nature is weakening now when we need it to be the strongest for several
reasons. First, with all the glass, steel and concrete that dominate urban landscapes, one cannot find a hint of
shade anywhere. Second, with all the junk food and GMO out there, being able to grow your own food has become a
highly valued skill. With this in mind, here are some DIY gardening
tips and tricks that might just come in handy.
Most ecologists would agree that plastic (being extremely slowly degradable) is
one of the major problems for our environment. However, it can be the right solution if we put enough mind into it.
For example, all you need to do to make your own tiny greenhouses is cut off the bottom of the milk jug or a
plastic bottle and place it on the seedling you want to protect. In this way, you will keep the plant from harm on
colder days, but you should remove this barrier when the plant no longer needs it.
Seeing how you should definitely cut down on artificial fertilizers, it might be a
good idea to start making your own
compost. In this compost, you can literally put any food
leftover, except (perhaps) the meat and dairy. Bread crumbs, fruit scraps, fish bones and even empty egg shells
can be used here. All you will need now is a container to put it all in. Old dish pans, soft drink cans and even
diapers have proven to be quite well versed to this task. All in all, your only limitation is your own
Depending on your local climate, you might not have enough rain to satisfy the
needs of your garden soil. In this situation, a lot of people spend a fortune trying to buy an expensive irrigation
system, while truly resourceful people just make it on their own. For
one of these methods, all you will need is a quality hose of adequate length. What you should do is stretch it
alongside your plants and poke a tiny hole every four or five inches. Next, you should turn your water valve to
minimum, after all you want it to drip a bit and not to drown your garden. There you have it, your own
inexpensive DIY irrigation system.
Additionally, while there are some things you can make on your own, some of the
proper gardening equipment will be indispensable. Scissors, welders, a soil knife, rakes and a shovel are all
essential gear without which you shouldn’t even think about trying your hand in gardening. On the other hand, this
is not all you will need, since finding an adequate garden sprayer can be equally important. Sure, you should always try to reduce the amount of pesticides to
minimum, but sometimes you simply won’t have a choice. Fungicides, herbicides and pesticides are often a
necessary evil, and you will need a sprayer which can safely handle them.
As you can see, the cost of having a well-organized and fertile garden is not one
you pay in money, but in time and patience. The price of even the most quality of equipment is the one you pay only
once, while all these other ideas require more work than financial investment. With the right amount of research
and willingness to get your hands dirty, you will soon be able to brag with the neatest, most beautiful garden in
the neighborhood. This alone makes it totally worth it.
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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In
her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.