70 Gardening tips
Invest in good top soil. Plants and gardening tools of best quality. It pays in the long run. Let the garden be a hobby that costs.
Large gardens need more plants of same sort.
Your garden will be less cluttered.
3. Buying plants
Buy at least three plants of same variety.
Plant closely in groups instead of individually.
4. The pit
Dig a square hole instead of a round one by planting trees
and scrubs. Theirs roots branch off easier.
Instead of digging cover the ground with newspappers.
Then put the top soil on. The newspappers
will be composed.
Use newspappers to protect your plants from cold weather.
7. Soil improvement
Cut down old whitered perennials directly into the flowerbeds.
8. The compost heap
Use old torn newspapers to dry up the compost if it is too wet.
Water your garden in the evening or when it is raining so that
the water soaks into the soil. Never in the sun. Otherwise
the leaves will get burned.
10. Old shrubs
Old shrubs will become nice and tight if you prune all the branches at least four inches above the ground.
11. The lawn
Spike your lawn with a dung fork to improve the drainage.
Your golf shoes with pikes are also welcome.
After mowing the lawn let the clippings remain to fertilize the lawn.
Fresh grass clippings between plants nourishes and prevents weeds to sprout. It keeps the soil moist during sunny days.
Mix 1 kg nettles with 10 liters of water. Let it be for one week. Mix one part of nettle water with nine parts of water. Fertilize both vegetables and plants.
The ivy will be fertilized with coffee grounds and become
lush and beautiful.
16. Dead trees
Dead trees can become climbing frames for roses and climbers.
17. Old things
Use old things as support for climbers. For example ladders, old bicycles, chairs etc.
18. Rose planting
For better flowering add some banana peels into the pit
when you plant roses. Organic.
Use boiling hot water or white vinegar to kill weeds between the pavings.
Mulch the weeds with old newspappers. They act as a ground cloth. The newspapers will decompose after some time.
21. Old branches
Use old branches as plant support.
Spice seeds are brilliant to sow in old tins. Do not forget
to make holes in the bottom before filling with top soil.
23.- Sowing and planting
Empty toilet rolls are excellent pots for sowing. After sowing you can plant the rolls directly into the flower bed.
To keep seeds dry and protected store them in tin cans.
25. Flowers easily to sow
Larkspur, daisy, columbine and purple coneflower.
Mix vermiculite in the top soil.
It will become airy and well drained.
Spray cold water with a hard jet. Organic.
Bicarbonate or baking soda mixed with soapy water can be sprayed on your plants. Organic.
Sprinkle cinnamon against invasions of ants.
It works both indoors and outdoors. Organic.
30. Insect protection
Insects refuse cucumber, squash and corn if you
put foil around. The light interferes the insects.
31. Spanish slug
Spanish slugs do not like snapdragon, lady´s mantle,
columbine, marigold or pion.
32. Recipe against Spanish slugs
Crash three cloves of garlic in a bucket. Add 1 liter of
boiling water and cook for three minutes. Allow it to cool.
Strain through a coffee filter. Mix 2 tablespoons with
10 liters of water and spray on plants. Organic.
Old CDs set in trees and scrubs act as scarecrows.
34. Young fruit trees
Protect the crown on young fruit trees
Use nets against venisons.
Venisons do not like daffodils.
Cut out hearts from white styrofoam and put them on sticks to scare the vensions.
37. Bird candy
Birds love tallow, coconut oil, hemp, sunflowers, seeds, oats, hazelnuts and unsalted peanuts.
A common construction lamp from the store gives a good task lightning in your garden.
39.Water hose out of order
A hole in your water hose can be repaired temporarily
with a chewing gum or a toothpick.
Let a rough chain lead rainwater vertically from the roof to the ground instead of downpipes.
Put vaseline on the taps before closing for winter so they do not rust.
After gardening dirty hands can be rubbed with sugar before washing.
The bread roller in the fridge facilitates summer baking.
The dough comes away easily.
Let your garden be an oasis where you can become
In the romantic garden there are lush trees and bushes,
moss, ground cover plants, winding paths, bird baths,
clay pots, wicker chairs, trellises, birds and butterflies.
46. More space
You can stammer up trees and large shrubs and get more
space to furnish and plant underneath.
47. City bees
Honey from city bees is not dangerous to eat.
48. Bumble bees
A single bumble bee can pollinate 2.000 flowers a day.
The apple harvest will increase 80 % if bees are nearby.
Bees are very important for pollination.Your apples get
larger with lots of bees in your garden.
51 Garden furnitures
Paint your garden furnitures with linseed oil.
The color lasts longer and does not flake. Organic.
52. Large pots
Large pots can be filled with leaves in the bottom
not to be so heavy.
53. Mini greenhouse
Put plastic bottles without cork and bottom as cloches
54. Hole in the water hose
Cut off the damaged piece and splice with a new coupling kit.
55 Dry summer
If the summer is dry put large barrels below the pots outdoors so that excess water does not run away.
Water plants at the base and not on top of the leaves
so that water reaches the roots.
Plant in the evening or on a cloudy day. Otherwise the plants will get shocked in the blazing sun.
Avoid planting your potatoes near tomato plants if you want to avoid leaf mold spores.
59. Divide perennials
When flowering is reduced and the plant gets thin it is time to divide the plant. It will grow young again and you get more plants. Every fifth years may just be right for most perennials.
60. Soil depth
Soil depth should be at least 60 cm for trees and bushes.
In flower beds and vegetable gardens at least 40 cm deep.
61. Edge support
Thick stems and branches can serve as edge support.
62. Flower beds
Well drained top soil and raised flower beds help to improve growth.
63. Bark mull
Bark mull is better than bark which consumes a lot of oxygen when it decomposes.
64. Ground cover
Ground cloth, newspapers, black plastic or gravel are suitable as ground cover.
65. Rotary cultivator
Rotary cultivator spreads more weeds.
66. Open compost heap
Open compost heap attracts Spanish slugs.
67. Chicken manure water
Mix 1 litre of chicken manure with 10 litres of water. Ready to use after two days. Dilute with water until the color looks like tea.
68. Dung fork
Dung fork is easier to handle than a spade when you
part or transplant perennials.
Dig against you with your trowel. On the contrary the digging strains on your wrist.
70. Bird´s bath
A large pot dish or a soup plate can be used as a bird´s bath in your garden.