planting tips

even though father winter decided to drop back in on the north east this week, planting is still on my mind! i started some tomato and pepper seeds inside under the grow lights weeks ago and even got some lettuce and flower seeds started in the greenhouse… but who isn’t itching to finally dig their hands into the soil?!

when the time is right for your grow zone, try out some of these crafty planting tips:

companion planting
something new to me is planting cucumbers by sunflowers to make them sweeter. they require similar soil conditions and the sunflower stalks give the cucs some support to climb. another is the ‘three sisters’ which the Native Americans used – squash, beans and corn all in the same mound.

fertilizer straight from your home
crushed egg shells sprinkled around plants provides a great source of calcium carbonate. oyster shells crushed up in a food processor are an even better source. a couple of Tums tablets dissolved in a gallon of water and used to water your tomato and squash plants strengthen them and prevents blossom end rot. and used coffee grounds tossed in the garden instead of the trash is another handy source of nutrients.

water for your plants
use cooled chamomile tea to water your plants to ward off bacterial and fungal infections and to prevent young seedlings from damping off. also, water used to boil pasta or vegetables is another source of nutrients to reuse in your garden.

plant in odd numbers
this makes your garden more balanced looking and pleasing to the eye – also gives the illusion that the plants are bigger and healthier.

gardening by moonlight
planting by the light of the moon actually causes gardens to grow faster and stronger than they do if you plant by day. this also helps when you’re planting new seedlings into the ground, they have less of a chance of being shocked.

plant placement
by keeping shorter plants on the south side of your vegetable garden and tall plants toward the north, this prevents taller plants from casting unwanted shadows over smaller crops, shading them from the sun.



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