Gardening, for most of us, falls somewhere between a hobby and a chore. If your property comes with outdoor space attached then cultivating it to a certain degree is a must, unless that is you chose to pave or concrete the whole space over, but where is the fun – and possible resale value should you ever want to sell your Waterloo Region home, in that?
There are actually lots of good reasons to embrace gardening as a hobby. A good looking garden will definitely add extra curb appeal to your home and you can, if you chose, use at least some of your garden space to grow your own, completely fresh and organic produce. Gardening can also be great for your health; it’s good exercise and the time spent outdoors provides a nice mental break from being cooped up in an office at work all week.
On the other hand, gardening isn’t always easy. Trying to cultivate plants, flowers, shrubs and backyard crops can be frustrating. Often you are battling soil conditions, weather quirks and even annoying pests who seem to take great delight in destroying your hard work. Here though are some great gardening tips and hacks that can help you overcome some of gardening’s most common challenges.
Boost Your Soil and Kill Off Critters With Coffee Grounds
Many professional gardeners – and dedicated amateurs – invest in peat moss to enrich the soil they grow their plants in. But you don’t have to. A study commissioned by Oregon State University found that the nitrogen produced by coffee grounds, when mixed with standard soils, had much the same effect. What’s more, it also kills a number of common garden pests including pesky, leaf-munching slugs.
Kill Bugs, But With Kindness
Sweeten Your Home Grown Tomatoes as They Grow
Do you love the taste of those succulent, sweet tomatoes you get at the farmer’s market, the ones that are not as bitter and tart as those you find at grocery stores? You can replicate that flavor in your homegrown tomatoes by adding a small amount of baking soda – no more than a 1/4 cup per plant – to the soil around them. The baking soda then lowers the acidity in the soil, sweetening the crop.
Create a Herb Garden with a Shoe Caddy
Protect Your Gardening Tools From Rust
Start Your Seeds Off in a Cute – and Cheap – Citrus Pot