Gardening is an amazing hobby to take up thanks to all the benefits that it has to offer. It may be a bit of a learning curve to know how to do it well, however, because of the sheer volume of information surrounding gardening. Here are four helpful tips to make it easier for you to garden that you’ve probably never thought of to give you some ideas on how to improve your gardening efforts.
1. Remove All Jewelry
First off, it’s a good idea to remove any jewelry that you may be wearing before you go to your garden. This includes dandling earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. The main reason to do this is that while gardening, a piece of jewelry may get stuck on a gardening tool and get destroyed or even hurt you. Sensitive jewelry will also likely tarnish under the effects of earth, gardening tools, and any cleaning solutions and more that may come into contact with them. Since the fingers may expand when exerted during gardening, a ring you put on with no issue may become stuck after a serious gardening session. In this case, you should not pull it hard or panic. Instead, submerge your hand in ice-cold water for 10 to 20 seconds then remove it from the water. After this, try to wiggle the ring up and down to get it off and it may come off easily.
2. Make Use of Leftover Coffee Grinds
If you enjoy a regular cup of coffee every morning, consider collecting any leftover coffee or coffee grinds to use in your garden. Sprinkling these around your plants will do a great job deterring snails, slugs, and fungal growth in general. As a plus, they will add magnesium, potassium, nitrogen, copper, and phosphorus to the soil and help your plants thrive. These can be especially beneficial for different herbs and vegetables that you may grow, and they are a natural alternative to chemicals that you may purchase. Additionally, this is great for the environment! Consider starting a compost with other leftover food if you haven’t already.
3. Consider Purchasing Flood Insurance
If you live in an area that has some risk for floods, you will do well to get flood insurance. If you have invested a lot of time and money into your garden, you would not like to see it all get washed away unexpectedly. Check to see if your home is in a flood zone if you aren’t sure. Remember that flood zones are always being updated, with around 25% of flood damage occurring in areas that are not considered to be high-risk flood zones. Purchasing flood insurance is a great way to secure your garden and your home as you cover the gaps that your homeowner’s insurance may have left.
4. Try a Mobile Garden
If you are not too sure if you will stay in your current home for a long time, there’s no reason why this should stop you from the joys that come with having a garden. Try planting a mobile garden and you can move with it if you do move. Since the average American moves around 12 times in their lifetime, this may be the best idea depending on your home situation. When you plant a mobile garden, you no longer have to worry about toiling with the soil only to leave all that you had planted behind. Look online for some images of ideas that you can use to plant a mobile garden and try them out for a chance to get some amazing results.
With these gardening tips, you have hopefully learned something that you didn’t know before. Put this new knowledge to good use and you may get amazing results from your productive and green hobby! Don’t wait until you lose jewelry or your garden floods. Get started today!