You may not know it but gardening can actually do more good than you think. According to a Dutch study, gardening helps in relieving stress and helps boost self-esteem. Gardening provides a rewarding motivation that makes it happen and also reduces the chance of a stroke. Researchers found daily gardening to represent the single biggest risk reduction for dementia, reducing incidence by 36%. last but not the least it helps to battle depression and improves mental health. So that now you are aware of the benefits, go ahead and start your own garden. We will help you set up your garden with these easy yet effective tips.
1. Use newspapers for mulch
You can lay several sheets of newsprint over soil and then cover with mulch to help retain moisture and suffocate weeds. Newspapers can also ripen end-of-season tomatoes if wrapped properly and then stored in a dark cabinet or closet.
2. Use tea as a natural plant food
Water your ferns and acid-loving plants like hydrangeas with brewed tea for luscious-looking leaves. You can also sprinkle new or used tea leaves around these plants and cover with mulch—when you water, nutrients from the tea will release into the soil.
3. Always Learn to Make Efficient Use of Space
The location of your garden (the amount of sunlight it receives, proximity to a source of water, and protection from frost and wind) is important. Raised beds are a good choice for beginners because they make the garden more manageable. The first way to maximize space in the garden is to convert from traditional row planting to 3- or 4-foot-wide raised beds. If you are already producing the amount of food you want in your existing row garden, then by switching to raised beds or open beds you will actually be able to downsize the garden and free up more space.
4. Rotate Your Crops
Keep moving your crops within the vegetable garden means planting the same crop in the same place only once every three years. This makes sure that the same garden vegetables will not deplete the same nutrients year after year.
5. Get rid of aphids
You can control them with a strong blast of water from the hose or with insecticidal soap. But here’s another suggestion, one that’s a lot more fun; get some tape! Wrap a wide strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat the leaves of plants infested with aphids. Concentrate on the undersides of leaves, because that’s where the little buggers like to hide.
6. And finally, keep Good Records
Although vegetable gardening can be rewarding even for beginners, there is an art to doing it well. One of the most important ways of improving your garden from year to year is to pay close attention to how plants grow, and note your successes and failures in a garden notebook or journal. Over time this kind of careful observation and record-keeping will probably teach you more about growing vegetables than any single book or authority. As in so many other pursuits, so it is in the art of vegetable gardening: practice does make perfect.