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South Central Gardening: My Top Ten Gardening Tips

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Dee Nash shares her top 10 tips for gardening in the South Central region.

Dee Nash shares her top 10 tips for gardening in the South Central region.

1. Start small. A garden doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful. Vegetable gardens can be born in containers as easily as in the ground. If you start small, you’ll be more motivated to keep up with the process, and the love of gardening will follow.

2. Kill weeds and unwanted grass naturally. To get rid of grass in gravel pathways, you can’t beat Burnout II Weed & Grass Killer. It is made of clove oil, citric acid and other natural ingredients. If you use it on a sunny day, the weeds or unwanted grass will die, and what’s more, the garden smells good.

3. Mulch your beds. Weeds are easier to pull, and weed seeds don’t germinate as quickly. If the soil has washed away in an area, put shredded tree bark or leaves there. The mulch will decompose into great soil within a season.

4. Add eggshells when planting tomatoes. Save eggshells and crumble them into the bottom of the planting holes before you plant tomatoes. Eggshells supply the plant with calcium, stopping blossom end rot.

5. Use soaker hoses. Water is essential for gardening in our part of the world. Soaker hoses are inexpensive ways to water at the base of plants, reducing fungal diseases and sending moisture to the roots.

6. Garden in raised beds. If you are trying to garden in clay, raised beds or berms are the best ways to increase good drainage.

7. Repeat color. For a unified look, repeat a particular color you like. It should be used in different plants such as trailing verbena, roses, petunias, etc. Different forms of the same color create unity.

8. Invest in good tools. Gardening is so much more pleasant with good tools. Find those you enjoying using and which feel good in your hands. To decrease muscle and joint pain, I use ergonomic tools.

9. Plant food you like to eat. If you don’t like radishes, don’t plant them. If tomatoes are your passion, grow them (along with a bit of basil of course).

10. Don’t worry about failure. We all fail. Failure is the mark of an adventurous gardener. Picking up and carrying on is learning to be a good one.