Do You Love Gardening? Check out These 16 Tips from the Pros


If you love gardening, these tips can help make it easier — and more successful.

Start with a Plan

Planning is one of the most important parts of gardening, and it can save you a lot of time and money. You may think that planning is just for those who are organized, but it’s actually for everyone. Planning will help you stay focused on your goals, keep track of what needs to be done and when, and avoid making mistakes or wasting resources.

When planning your garden, start by deciding on what type of garden space you want: an outdoor garden (in which case there will be little maintenance), an indoor herb garden (which requires more care but also provides the benefit of fresh herbs year-round), or both? Then determine the size area you have available—a small patio might only allow room for a few pots while larger patios may allow space for a raised bed full of vegetables.

Use Large Containers

If you have a small yard or an apartment, large containers are a great way to grow plants. If you’re growing herbs and vegetables, they can be placed on the patio or in your balcony. You can also use them indoors if it suits your needs – many people like using large pots as part of their kitchen decorating scheme.

For those who love beautiful flowers but don’t have much space available for gardening, larger plant pots come in handy as well. It is also possible to use these containers for plants that need extra drainage and water: plants like azaleas and camellias do not like wet feet; therefore it would be best if they were grown in special pots with holes at the bottom (or even better – in gravel).

Mulch Away

Mulch is a great way to keep weeds down, but it also helps with all sorts of other things, too. It can help keep the soil moist, which keeps your plants healthy and looking great. Mulch also helps keep soil temperatures even throughout the day and night by shading it from the sun or keeping it warm at night if you’ve got cold weather in your area.

Provide Good Drainage

Good drainage is important for vegetable plants because when they don’t receive enough water, they can dry out and die. This can happen if the soil does not drain properly or if you have too much clay in your soil.

There are many ways to improve drainage. You can add perforated pipe with gravel or sand underneath it, which will help remove excess water from the ground; you can also create raised beds with good drainage by using materials like stones or bricks that allow air to circulate around them so water doesn’t pool up at the bottom of your garden bed; finally, if these methods won’t work for whatever reason (it’s too expensive to build raised beds out of stone), there are lots of other solutions such as lining up large stones along one side near where all your crops grow so they catch any overflow immediately rather than letting it make its way into nearby fields where nothing grows anymore!

It’s important not only because those vegetables will die off without proper care but also because it could affect other parts such as squash plants nearby–if those become infected due to bacteria spreading after being exposed through contact with wet soils then that would mean more work on our end trying clean everything up!”

Hoe in the Shade, Not in the Sun

You might think that you can get away with a few hours of gardening on a hot summer day. You’re wrong. The heat and sun can be detrimental to your plants, so it’s best to avoid them altogether. Instead, set aside a few minutes every day to do quick hoeing in the shade.

Not only does this keep them safe from harmful UV rays, but it also helps prevent weeds from taking over your garden beds by preventing their seeds from germinating!

Feed Your Soil for Bigger Results

  • Use compost.
  • Feed your soil with fertilizer.
  • Mulch your garden to retain moisture, reduce weeds, and attract earthworms.
  • Add organic matter such as peat moss or leaves to improve the texture of your soil and increase its water-holding capacity.
  • Add worm castings to help plants develop strong roots that can better withstand diseases and pests without chemical pesticides or fertilizers (which often have harmful side effects when consumed by humans). Worm castings can be purchased at most garden centers or online; they’re an excellent source of nitrogen for plants because they contain an abundance of nutrients that are needed for healthy plant growth. You can also make a homemade worm castings tea from worm excreta by allowing it to sit in a bucket full of water overnight before pouring it over your plants—this will also help them grow faster!

Add Compost to Your Garden Every Year

Adding compost to your garden every year improves soil and adds nutrients. You can buy compost from a garden center, or make it yourself by mixing leaves and other organic matter into your soil. To make compost:

  • Collect leaves, grass clippings and other plant material that would otherwise go to the trash bin.
  • Mix these with straw or hay to keep the pile aerated while it decomposes. If you have access to animal manure, add that too—the added nitrogen will help break down the waste faster than just using plants alone!
  • Turn over regularly so that all layers get exposed to air and sun for quick decomposition.

When applied correctly in springtime after frost has ceased for sure (and before plants begin growing again), compost will improve soil structure as well as provide essential nutrients for healthy growth throughout summer months ahead!

Raise Your Garden Bed Height

If you love gardening but have trouble bending over to work in your garden, here’s a simple solution!

Raising the height of your garden bed is an easy way to make it easier for you to work. You can also raise the height of your garden beds to make it easier for you to reach when watering or weeding. Does this sound like something that might interest you? If so, read on!

If this is something that interests you, then please continue reading further because today we are going talk about raising the height of your garden bed and how doing so will help make it easier for everyone who loves gardening (including yourself too!).

Smart Fertilizing Technique

One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your garden is thriving is to fertilize it properly. Fertilizing can help plants grow healthier, taller, produce more fruit and flowers and even fight off pests. But there are different ways to fertilize your plants, so it’s important that you know what method works best for them.

Use slow-release fertilizers instead of quick-release

Using slow-release fertilizer is just like taking a multivitamin; it provides nutrients over time rather than all at once. The soil absorbs little bits of the fertilizer slowly, which means the plant gets everything it needs when its roots need it most—during the growing season rather than after harvest (when there are no new leaves or buds). This helps prevent damage from overfertilization as well as wasting money by providing too much food for your plants if they don’t need any more nutrients at all! Also keep in mind that quick release products tend not be as effective because they’re only available when sprayed onto foliage—which means anything not on top of leaves won’t get fed this way either!

Grow Tall Plants on the North Side of Your Garden Beds

Tall plants on the north side of your garden beds are a great way to block light from shorter plants and protect them from wind, frost and pests. They also provide a windbreak for shorter plants by blocking cold wind from hitting them.

Watch Out for These Common Vegetable Pests and Diseases

There are a few common pests and diseases that you need to watch out for in your garden. We’ll discuss them below, along with ways to avoid and treat them.

  • Pests:
  • Aphids: These little bugs can be found on the underside of leaves and near the stem. They suck sap from plants, causing damage by feeding on the plant’s cells.
  • Caterpillars: If you notice holes in your leaves or stems, it might be caterpillars! This can cause significant damage to plants if not treated quickly enough.
  • Cutworms: These pests start as larvae before becoming adult moths that lay eggs in soil or mulch around newly planted seeds/seedlings; they then emerge when conditions are right (usually just after dark) during spring/summer months (May through October). They chew off seedlings at ground level before you even know what happened! To prevent this pest from ruining your garden plans – make sure there is no debris lying around where seeds could be left exposed after last year’s harvest; keep mulch at least 6 inches away from seedlings; consider using row cover fabric over newly planted beds until seedlings reach maturity (upwards of 15 inches tall).

Build a Cold Frame or Hot Bed for Year-Round Gardening

Cold frames and hot beds are two methods you can use to extend your growing season.

Cold frames are easier to build, but they aren’t as effective as hot beds. Hot beds are more difficult to make, but they’re much better at helping you get more garden produce during the winter months than cold frames.

To build a cold frame, follow these steps:

  • Find an area that gets full sun for several hours each day (morning sun is ideal). If this area is sheltered from rain and wind by buildings or trees, that’s even better! Use stakes to mark out the dimensions of your cold frame on the ground (or use wood boards if you have them).
  • Place several inches of gravel or soil over this area for drainage purposes (you don’t want water collecting in your cold frame). Then put down a layer of cardboard followed by newspaper or plastic sheeting on top of it all so that you have a waterproof barrier between the dirt and whatever else is inside your cold frame! Finally apply seed starting mix over everything so that seeds can germinate without having anything blocking their access to sunlight or moisture! Now just add plants!

Try These Companion Planting Combinations in Your Garden This Spring!

Planting companion plants is a simple way to maximize the benefits of your garden space. This can help you attract beneficial insects, reduce the amount of pesticides you use and save space in your garden.

Companion planting involves mixing plants together that work well together and are mutually beneficial to one another. The combination of certain plants can decrease problems like insect pests, while increasing the production of your other crops. Some examples include:

  • Companion planting garlic with beets or carrots helps keep away destructive root maggots
  • Basil planted near tomatoes will repel beetles and flies from attacking tomatoes

Dig a Trench and Fill It with Kitchen Scraps (Hugelkultur)

A hugelkultur bed is a raised garden bed that can be filled with kitchen scraps, leaves and other organic matter. It’s made by digging trenches in the ground and stacking wood along the bottom of them to create a mound that resembles an upside-down fire pit. The wood adds nutrients to your soil, which will help your garden grow healthier plants.

When making a hugelkultur bed, dig wide trenches about 1 foot deep and 6 feet long (1 meter), then fill them with shredded leaves or grass clippings (or any other kind of organic material). Water these materials so they sink into the trench before adding more on top of them. You can also add manure or compost if you have it on hand.

The best way to use hugelkultur is by planting root crops like carrots or potatoes in your new garden bed once it’s taken shape!

Protect Seedlings from Frost with Cloches. How to Make and Use Them.

Protecting your seedlings from frost is crucial if you want to grow a healthy and productive garden. But most people don’t have the time or money to invest in buying expensive greenhouse structures or grow bags, which can be quite costly (especially if you need more than one).

Luckily, there are plenty of other options that will keep your plants warm and cozy while they get used to their new surroundings without draining your bank account. Here are some examples:

  • Cloches: These glass or plastic domes can be made out of recycled materials like soda bottles, old CDs/DVDs or egg cartons! You can also buy them at some gardening stores if you don’t want to take any risks with DIY projects that may not last as long as intended (or even cause damage).
  • Plastic Covers: Just like cloches these come in different sizes so make sure whatever size fits best before buying it! If possible try getting one that has been specifically designed for each type of plant such as melons or tomatoes because then there won’t be any chance for cross contamination between them all summer long!

If you love gardening, these tips can help make it easier — and more successful.

If you’re new to gardening, these tips will help make it easier. If you’re an experienced gardener, some of the tips may be new to you. And if you love gardening, then these tips can help make it even more enjoyable and successful!

  • Create a plan before starting any garden project. This includes determining where the plants or seeds will go and how much space they need. It’s also important to know how much time you have for your garden — if this is limited because of other commitments, don’t start something too ambitious.
  • Pay attention to the weather forecast before planting anything outside; even though spring has arrived, nighttime temperatures can still be cold enough for frost damage at times during early springtime growth periods in many areas across North America (especially those in regions not as warm as California).


Gardening is a great hobby for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to stay active in their free time. The most important thing is to make sure you have fun with it! I hope these tips help you get more out of your gardening experience, but if not, then just remember: it’s always better to try than not try at all 😉

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