One of the most frustrating things that can happen to a gardener is to put a ton of hard work into a great looking garden…only to have all your plants die or barely bloom at all! Don’t let that disappointment get to you this year; here are some great tips and tricks to keep your plants blooming for as long as they can!
Before you even plant, consider soaking your seeds in tea. Tea can actually provide essentials that allow your seed to germinate better and soak in certain nutrients that keep it healthy.
Cutting back isn’t always a bad thing. If you see your plants getting heavy with branches or just thick, shear some of that extra weight away. This will allow nutrients to keep your plant alive instead of being spread too thin.
Kind of along the lines as the idea above, deadheading removes the parts of the plant that are dead and wasting space. Once you’ve removed them, the plant will naturally begin growing a seed or bud in that area since, well, that’s what plants do best!
Over and under watering causes tons of problems for gardeners. Make sure you know how much water your plants need, and then water accordingly. Too little can make the plant dry out and too much will drown it.
This may be unconventional, but for plants that love iron-rich soil, just let some nails soak in their water beforehand. Once you go to water, you can remove the nails, but the iron from the metal will still be in the water. Ingenious!
Insects are about the worst pest for gardens; don’t let all your hard work get eaten by something else. Curry is incredibly effective in warding off ants and some other insects.
All plants need food and nutrients, and some need more than others. Check your plants’ details to know if there is a specific kind of fertilizer it needs, and then plan accordingly.
Don’t just throw away your food scraps; put them to use! Collect organic material from your kitchen (like potato skins, vegetable remains, etc.) and put it into a compost bin. The soil gets nutrient rich and can really make your plants healthy and bloom.
If you have plants that love potassium, then give them the gift of a banana peel. Simply bury the peel in the ground around the plant, and nature will do the rest! Repeat as necessary.
I guess humans aren’t the only ones who like and need milk. Milk is actually an awesome fertilizer for your plants since it’s full of nutrients. Simply add a little bit of milk to your water and let your plants have it!