Gardener

Everyone wants a luscious, green garden. But getting that goddess-esque garden can be a tad difficult (and pricey) if you are a beginner. The following no-frill garden tending and growing tasks are great, cost-effective ways to keep your garden’s soil healthy and plants well fed without breaking the bank (or harming the environment.)

1. Compost, compost, compost

Compost “feeds” your soil and enriches it. Also, it takes “scrapped” materials (stuff and plant materials you’d normally throw away) and uses the materials for good (the good of your garden that is.) Note: Make sure you don’t compost the following items:

  • Bread Products
  • Cooking Oils
  • Meat and Milk Products
  • Diseased Plants
  • Colored and Glossy Paper
  • Human or Animal Waste
  • Rice
  • Sawdust
  • Weeds
  • Walnuts
  • Acidic Items

2. Mulch

According to Treehugger, mulch can help retain water, keep weeds away and helps soil from drying. You can easily mulch with lawn clippings and shredded leaves.

3. Fertilizer

Use an organic fertilizer, such as recycled dead leaves. Dead leaves, manure and other natural garden dwellers (such as insects, dead insects, etc.) can help fertilize your soil.

4. Save seeds and take cuttings

Cultivating and saving seeds from your plantings from year to year will save you a lot of money. And according to the Treehugger article, over time, you can easily breed varieties of plants that are specific to your regional climate (this can help reduce plant disease and plant resistance to pests.) Also: you can easily saving cuttings (the side-shoots of tomatoes, etc.) to start new plants.

5. Collect rainwater

Collect excess rainwater in jugs or in rain barrels. For a relatively easy, eight-step guide on how to harvest rainwater, consult this Organic Authority article, “Refreshing Harvest: 8 Simple Steps to Catch Rainwater for Your Garden.”

6. Encourage bees

Attract bees by allowing weeds and plants to flower. Fruit-bearing plants, such as nut trees and berry bushes, attract bees, too. Also: leaving bee-friendly habitats, such as dead wood, can help provide protection to solitary bees.

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