Garden Tips: How to start your own garden

   Have you gotten the gardening bug, since it looks like Spring outside? Well have no fear. Whether you are a novice or an advanced gardener, we are always looking for tips to improve our gardens.  Here are a few tips for you.

Tip 1: Where to plant?

   It is recommended that you start your garden where it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. To much sunlight can lead to your plant drying out, or it can burn and die. The objective is to find the right about of light each day.

   Planting under trees isn’t a good idea, for when it rains, you garden can get more water, plus many plants such as, tomatoes and peppers prefer to not have water on their leaves. This can lead to fungus growth, if too much water sits on the leaves.

Tip 2: Plants for Beginners:

   Not all plants are beginner friendly, however many are such as, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, leafy greens, and basil, to name a few.

   With many you can pair them up, for example: Tomatoes and basil work awesome together. Cucumbers do not like Tomatoes so they will not grow near them. Make sure to grow you cucumbers near something that they can climb. They like to spread so, so plant with them away from other plants, that they may entangle themselves in.

Tip 3: Getting rid of Pest

   1: Use Dawn dish soap and water to combat pest control, and this is for short term control.

   2: For long term control, consider using Lady Bugs. They are a gift from mother nature. You can order them online or by them at Hymas Garden Center on Folly Road.

Tip 4: How much to water?

  Not all plants are treated the same when it comes to watering them. Tomatoes and peppers dislike water on their leaves, so do not plant these plants under a tree. They need at least 6 – 8 hours of sunlight. Water these plants at their roots, to avoid fungus growth on their leaves.

  Cucumbers on the other hand love water, but not too much. The last thing you want is a cucumber filled with water. They need lots of sun light as well.