The Do’s and Don’ts of Gardening



Summary: For people who are new to horticulture there are some things that need to be considered so as to properly apply effective gardening techniques.  Here are the important dos and don’ts that one needs to know with regards to home gardening.

A lot of people engage in gardening because it is a relaxing and worthwhile activity.  Not only does it relieves the mind of stress, the act of cultivating things that grow and seeing them in all their glory gives one a remarkable sense of achievement.

Here are some important gardening dos and don’ts to consider

When gardening, it is recommended that you keep a personal journal regarding all your activities. This will allow you to look back and determine what kind of problems you encountered and how you were able to overcome it.  Make sure to keep all your gardening tools in one secure place so that you would not have to waste time going around your shed or yard looking for that leaf cutter or shovel. At the end of the day it is essential that you rinse all your tools with clean water and let it air dry prior to storing in a box.

Do not go into the garden if the plants and soil are wet. It is advisable to wait until the ground is dry to resume your gardening activities. Never harvest your veggies when under this condition as it often invites disease. When your plants are about a finger high then it is time to thin them a bit. Make sure to take special notice of the instructions on the seed packs. If the information is lacking, call the local garden supply store or farm agent to air your concerns.

When watering your garden it is recommended that you direct the hose at the base of the plant. You may want to use soaker hoses as opposed to a mere sprinkler in order to get the best results.  It is important to note that in order for watering to be effective, it has to reach a depth of at least six inches.

Caution When Using Chemicals

Always exercise caution when it comes to pesticides and chemicals.  If you have a lingering problem with garden slugs, a simple way of getting rid of them is by filling a shallow dish with a little beer and then putting a couple of small sticks as ramps for the slugs.   The slugs will get drunk, fall and eventually drown.  When it comes to using fertilizers, do not spray them directly onto the seeds or the plants too closely.   Keep a distance of at least three to four inches.  When you do so, the next time you water the fertilizer it will easily break down and go directly where it needs to be in the soil.