Basic Urban Gardening Tips for Beginners

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Gardening doesn't have to be hard or even expensive, especially if you have the right tools. Which you obviously don't. So I'm going to share some secrets to help make your garden more successful without spending a lot of money.

1.Underground irrigation is a great place to start.

Your garden, same as your bladder, can't grow without water. It helps to curve evaporation, plus it puts water at the roots of your plants, which is where it's needed. So let's talk about a few ways to do it. Now, some people run lines underground. You can use clay pots that you can put in the middle of your garden bed, filled with water. They are very effective for just in few hours water starts seeping out of the pot, which is perfect because plants get just as much as they need. Now, as for the water you should use, rain water is best. Ever noticed how much plants flourish after a good rain? Well you can put gutters around your home and store the water in some containers. You can actually hook them up to your ollas so the plants could get rain water consistently. If you live in a place with hot summers and little rain, it's really not feasible to use rain water all of the time, but you still want to make sure that your plants are getting the best water. So what you want to do is filter your water to get rid of the Flouride and Cholride, which kills the beneficial bacteria and the microbes in the soil. Now, you can use a whole house filter, which is really one of your more expensive routes. A simple and cheaper way is to use a inline water filter, which would go on your water source. You have to do a small research to see which type of inline filter would work best for you.

One of the things about rain is that it's filled with basalt oxygen, something that actually helps the plants grow. Now, you shouldn't confuse with the oxygen in the water molecule. There are several ways to add basalt oxygen to your water.

2.A huge annoyance for you would be the grass.

It's bad for the plants, because it fights them for nutrients. If you don't intervene the grass usually wins and you may end up getting more grass than food. One way to stop the problem before it starts is to block the grass. You can put layers of cardboard under your garden beds, pavers will also do the job.

3.There are lots of types of fertilizers out there.

Plants need it to survive because it provides nutrients for them. Gardeners from Pinner advice - go organic. Along with the fertilizer from the chickens, let's say, you can also get fertilizer from your own personal aquatic system, which could be pretty much just fish waste. You can use worm tea too and you should fertilize your plants twice per month.

4.Healthy soil is another thing crucial to a successful garden.

You want to make sure you have chunky soil, so that oxygen can get in. It also makes it easy for worms and bugs to live in it.

Bonus:You can have the right soil, water and fertilizer and grow gorgeous plants, but still not get any food. The issue is sometimes not enough bees to pollinate. What you can do about it is building a pollinating block to attract pollinators. Don't worry, these are mason bees and they are not interested in stinging.

Bonus 2:When the summer heat gets miserable for people it just has to be hard on the plants. Shade cloth is a simple solution. It gives the plants relief but also leaves room for the bees to get in and pollinate.

So, there you have it. Simple things you can do that don't cost a lot of cash. You can finally start saving for that Ferrari you have always wanted. Or just its tire(no plural intended).


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