Everyone has vegetable garden tips they love to share. I have been gardening a long time and I still love to learn new tips and ways to grow vegetables.
I am happy when a fellow gardener shares a new tip about his vegetable garden. It is amazing the new things I have learned from surprising sources.
Sometimes I discover a trick I used to solve a problem helps my garden in other ways.
The birds had snipped off the top of my tomato plant. I was frustrated. I wanted to protect the plant from the birds until it was big enough to thrive on its own, but how to do it with out inhibiting the plants growth?
I cut off the bottom of a plastic two liter plastic soda bottle and placed it over my tomato plant. This worked. The birds could not pick my tomato and the plastic bottle acted like a tiny green house and helped the tomato grow. I removed the plastic bottle when the tomato plant stared hitting the top of the cover. My tomato plant was big enough to withstand the birds and received a little boost with the heat of the tiny green house environment.
Some of these handy tips I have learned over the years have helped me
improve my vegetable garden. Here are a few you may like to try.
2. Germinating Carrots; take 14 to 21 days. To help
keep weeds down before carrots germinate lay down a strip of paper
drywall tape on top of planted carrots. Check often and remove as soon
as carrot seeds poke through the soil.
3. Cutworms; a type of caterpillar eats young plant during the night. To protect tomatoes, cabbage, peppers etc. place a metal can or milk carton around the plants when you transplant them. Push containers down into to soil about an inch to prevent from feeding on the stems.
When I start my seeds in the spring I like to use plastic milk cartons to make quick and easy plant markers. That way I can keep track of the seed varieties I have started.
This really helps when your starting several varieties of peppers or tomatoes.
1. Take a one gallon plastic milk carton, I use the white or frosted ones so you can see your writing better.
2. Cut strips from the flat part of the carton about 3 inches wide.
3. Cut this strip into smaller strips about ½ an inches wide and cut points into the ends so they can be placed into the dirt.
4. Use a permanent marker and write the plant names on the markers.
These work great for keeping track of your plants and they are quick to make.
Just place the markers in your seed cups and your ready to go!
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