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Expert Gardening Tips Every Mom Should Know

Gardening is one of the methods you can use to relieve yourself from stress and get closer to nature. Even if your garden is small, if you can make it look good, it will always feel magical. Plus, a well-tamed garden can be a potential playground for your kids without leaving your house. Here are the following expert gardening tips every mom should know about.

1. Get to know your USDA Hardiness Zone
Before anything else, it is important that you know your USDA Hardiness Zone. In that way, you can refrain from planting trees that are most unlikely to survive in your country’s type of soil and climate. Also, you will have an idea of the best time of the year to plant certain vegetables and fruits. In that way, you don’t keep asking yourself what went wrong if your hard work resulted in wilted and dead plants lingering in your garden.

2. Pruning flowers
If in case you are not sure when you should prune your flowers, we suggest that you do it right after the blooms started to fade. This is effective for lilacs and roses. Their flower buds set in the autumn of growth last year. Hence, if you’re going to prune them in winter, you can remove the flower buds of spring.

3. Choosing your manure carefully
Make sure that your rotted manure has been cured at least six months before you apply it to your soil. Avoid applying fresh manure because the level of nitrogen is high and it can cause your plants to “burn”. Also, there’s a possibility that it may contain parasites that can kill your flowers and vegetables.
Contrary to the common belief, do not use manure from cats, dogs, and pigs as it may contain parasites. Once you ingest any of it, it can start an infection to the human body.

 

4. Know your growing season
It’s also important that you know the duration of your growing season. The first frost in fall and last frost in spring is very important. You can use it as your guide in choosing what to plant inside and what to avoid growing during that time of the year.

5. Consider the amount of sunlight to your vegetables
Vegetables need a certain amount of sunlight in order to grow naturally. Make sure that you plant them in an area where they can get at least eight hours of direct sunlight on a regular basis. On the other hand, for cool-season crops such as cabbage, lettuce, radishes, and spinach, you can plant them in an area that gets some shade.

6. Weeding your garden
You should also consider controlling the weeds in your garden manually. Do not deep-hoe or cultivate. Chances are, the weed seeds will go to the surface of the soil. As early as possible, you should start weeding to avoid seed. We also recommend that you use a mulch in smothering the soil and preventing annual weeds. Be wary of the weeds especially if your vegetables are still starting to grow. They may steal the nutrients of the soil that are supposed to be for your crops and may affect the size of your harvest.

If you are a full-time housewife or even on your weekends, you can do the aforementioned gardening tips. It can help in not just beautifying but making your garden much healthier. A beautiful garden is a healthy garden. You can reap the benefits every year if you spend a couple of minutes in your garden a day. Not to mention, the great view of vegetables and flowers you’ll get to enjoy every day!

Posted by Jeoffroi Lemieux