Clever gardening tricks

You know what they say; every day is a school day and this is definitely the case when it comes to gardening.

Perhaps you have spent many years pottering around your garden and have the greenest of fingers but that doesn’t mean you know everything there is to know about it. There is so much to learn and you will be constantly pick up new skills – perhaps from reading articles and watching tutorials – which you can then practice on your own outdoor space.

So, with that in mind, here are some clever gardening tricks that every seasoned gardener should know.

Planning
The seasoned gardener will spend nearly as much time planning their space as they do working on it. A novice might start sprinkling seeds or planting flowers without thinking about it and hope for the best. The more experienced gardener will know that they need to sit down and measure out exactly where they want their plants to be and consider the type of soil certain plants need or whether they require shade or sun and so on.

Bringing borders to bloom
Borders are the ultimate demonstration of a gardening skill according to the cheat’s guide to herbaceous borders from The Guardian. You want your borders to bloom at the same time, which isn’t actually as difficult as it might sound but does take some knowhow. Not sure what to plant? Take a look at bakker.com who sell ready-to-use border packs which come with a clear planting plan, enabling you to create a bright and colourful display more easily.

Quirky hacks
Did you know that you can do more to help your plants both survive and thrive, than simply water and feed them? Check out these 30 insanely clever gardening tricks. The more seasoned gardener will know that coffee, eggshells, tea and beer all fend off snails and slugs or that rotten cider will help wisteria grow.

They will also know that baking soda can make tomatoes sweeter and that coffee ground and mushrooms can change the colour of your hydrangeas. They might also be aware that nappies will help to keep flower pots moist for days and that you should soak your seeds in warm water for 24 hours before sowing. They will use vodka to help keep their flowers fresher for longer and they will make their own compost as well as using cuttings to grow new plants.

 

The most important thing is to have fun in your outdoor space and keep reading to expand your knowledge.