Gardening is a hobby that’s not only beneficial to the environment, but also to the gardener. Spending a chunk of your day in the dirt amongst the vegetables, fruits, and flowers can lower stress levels and help fight signs of depression, CNN reported. On top of that, it’s no secret that fresh air and sunlight do the body good. Not to mention a successful vegetable garden will provide some of the freshest food you can get.
In addition to the associated health benefits, another great thing about gardening is that just about everyone can take part in this activity. A simple vegetable garden doesn’t require a plethora of tools or an overwhelming amount of your time. After planting your seeds or transplants, your job is to ensure that they thrive in their environment and receive the proper amount of water and sunlight. Sunset recommends that your vegetables get at least six hours of sun each day.
For more tips on starting your perfect garden, the folks behind GrowVeg have you covered. GrowVeg is a company dedicated to helping people achieve success in all of their gardening endeavors. Below, you can watch one of their videos from May 2014 showcasing 10 helpful tips for a successful vegetable garden. One of the more intriguing tips focuses on smaller vegetables, like beans and peas. Because you want to protect their roots, GrowVeg recommends making a personal planter for them using old toilet paper rolls. Not only will this tip help your plants grow to their full potential, it’s also quite resourceful.
Give the video a spin to learn some other cool gardening hacks. Remember to do your research before planting, as each plant is unique in its needs.
1. For plants that are sensitive to root disruption, such as beans and peas, use leftover cardboard tubes from paper towel and toilette paper rolls as planters. The tubes make transplanting much less stressful and ensures roots stay separate and untangled from one another.
2. If you don’t have a lot of space to work with try making a vertical garden on a wall, fence, or other space. The video shows how to use gutters to create a wall garden by drilling holes in the bottom of them for drainage. Measure and cut them to size and then hang on wall brackets.
3. To help seeds germinate and sprout earlier soak them overnight in lukewarm water before planting.
4. For a technological and creative approach to gardening check out the available software and apps out there for planning and plotting out gardens. They’re really useful for both new and seasoned gardeners and have even been shown to reduce the chances of ending up with failed crops.
5. For neat rows of evenly spaced plants use a measuring stick. To always have one handy nearby make one out of a long wooden handled gardening tool marking off intervals on it.