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by Journals to Freedom June 06, 2020 5 min read
I love this time of year! It’s a time for new growth and activities. The air is warmer and there is new life all around. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and butterflies are fluttering.
My favorite thing to do during this time of year is to get down and dirty in my garden! Some years I plant herbs and others I plant fruit and veggies. This year we have a butterfly garden, and I’m absolutely in LOVE with it! It’s so gratifying watching this little ecosystem our family has created flourish. Plus, I get to watch my kiddos discover and get excited about all the things that are happening inside it too!
I used to think gardening was too complicated to keep up with. Nothing survived, and there were always issues. Can you relate? I’ve picked up a few things over the years, and have definitely learned from my mistakes! Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years that have helped me stick with it, and develop my green thumb with confidence!
This is probably the biggest and most important part of having a successful garden. Here are a few things to consider before you even put on your garden gloves.
Know which plants work for which season. Some plants love colder weather and some don’t mind the heat. Make sure you plant ones that work with your current season. Plants that are in season right now in the spring/summer are daisies, mums, pansies, and leafy vegetables like cabbage and kale.
Consider what lighting you have and what plants will be best suited for that lighting. If your yard or garden space is mostly shaded, don’t plant things that are going to require a lot of sun. And of course the same goes for your sunny garden spot. Cabbage and Kale do great in the shade, whereas daisies and lavender do well in the sun.
Be sure your plants are compatible. Some plants don’t play nicely together! So make sure you’re planting plants that won’t overtake each other and can get along. For example, squash can be planted with anything, but you don’t want to plant your onions next to your bean plants!
Map out how your garden will look, what plants will go in it, materials needed, and so on. Using my Gardening Binder as a tool to keep yourself organized is the next step to success! I love how everything is all in one place, and it can be used year-round! Without this tool, my idea of gardening organization was showing up to the garden center and selecting some plants that looked pretty together LOL! If you love gardening but are having trouble reaching your full potential, I highly recommend using the Gardening Binder to help you with your gardening routine.
Set time out every few days or so to weed, and get rid of any plant debris like fallen leaves or overripe produce. This will help keep your garden clean and less likely to produce bad bugs. You can also spray hot pepper wax on the leaves! It doesn’t harm your plants or change the flavor of your produce, but the bad bugs don’t like it!
Here’s a DIY recipe for pepper wax insect repellent:
Put six peppers in a blender with 2 cups of water. Blend the peppers on high speed. Pour the mixture into a closed container and set aside to steep for up to 24 hours. Once it’s set, strain it and add the liquid to a spray bottle. Mist your plants to keep the pesky bugs away! You can use Cayenne or any other hot pepper.
If you don’t want to pull weeds all the time, this will help keep the weeds from taking over your nutritious soil. The mulch will choke out the weeds and keep the nutrients inside for the plants you WANT to receive it! Just wait until your seedlings are above ground and sprouted big enough to be above the mulch before adding it to your garden or you’ll hinder them from growing too!
Soil is the most important part of your garden. It’s the base where your plants get all the good stuff. To start, you can use compost or manure. As your plants grow, you’ll want to replenish the soil with more nutrients. Feed your plants throughout the season with manure, compost, or even Epsom salt to help keep your soil full of yummy goodness for your plants! I actually save my coffee grounds and eggshells to add to my garden soil.
I hope you find these tips helpful (and you don’t make some of the beginner mistakes that I did LOL). When you have a good foundation when you start, putting in the time and effort in the beginning, you can reap the benefits of a happy, successful, and healthy garden to come!
I’m always looking for ways to improve my gardening skills. I’d love to know if you have any gardening tips yourself! What do you do in your garden that helps? Let me know in the comments below!
This printable Garden Binder is your perfect solution to keep all of your records, seed inventory, inspiration, plans, notes, planting dates, and anything else that relates to your garden. Plus, your garden journal becomes a beautiful keepsake that you can treasure for years to come.
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