Tips for Columbus Gardens

Gardening at your Columbus HomeWith spring in full swing, it means families are getting out in their yard, pulling weeds, and maybe even starting your own garden, and need some tips for Columbus gardens. There is a great satisfaction when you can look at your own yard and clearly see the natural beauty that you have worked so hard to create. And how good does it feel when you’re neighbors come by to pay you a compliment on your yard? “It feels great!” is what I’m assuming most readers would say. With gardening in mind, we’ve decided to post some of HGTV’s simple tips for spring gardening, as well as what flowers are great to plant right now.

  1. To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them. Then, after you’ve finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean
  2. Little clay pots make great cloches for protecting young plants from sudden, overnight frosts and freezes.
  3. The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don’t pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted patio plants, and you’ll be amazed at how the plants respond to the “vegetable soup.”
  4. Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about one-quarter of an inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side.
  5. Use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus, which often attacks young seedlings quite suddenly. Just add a spot of tea to the soil around the base of seedlings once a week or use it as a foliar spray.
  6. The quickest way in the world to dry herbs: just lay a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car, arrange the herbs in a single layer, then roll up the windows and close the doors. Your herbs will be quickly dried to perfection. What’s more, your car will smell great.

–       http://www.hgtv.com/gardening/14-simple-gardening-tips-and-tricks/index.html

alstromeria hybridHere is a quick list of some gorgeous flowers you can plant in Spring:

1. Blackeyed Susan -The Blackeyed Susan flower (Rudbeckia Hirta) is a native plant that grows wild in Ohio. Blackeyed Susans possess bright gold blooms with dark brown centers.

2. Purple Coneflower – Purple coneflowers bring a bright punch of violet color to gardens. Echinacea purpurea is a hardy perennial that thrives in most parts of Ohio.

3. Joe Pye Weed – If you are looking to bring bees and butterflies to your garden, Joe Pye Weed may be the ideal plant for your Ohio garden.
– http://www.gardenguides.com

For those who are rather handy, and enjoy Lowes (who doesn’t enjoy Lowes?) there are tons of videos online on how to make your own AFFORDABLE greenhouses. Thanks to HGTV for those simple, handy tips your Columbus garden!

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