As the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, there’s nothing like getting outside and spending some good, quality time in the dirt. Around here, we’re definitely of the mantra that a weekend spent planting, digging, weeding and watering is one well spent. In fact, just a few weeks ago, we stopped by Woodhaven School in Beaverton, OR for a volunteer day where we worked in the garden, planted natives and removed invasive plants from the outdoor campus.
When tending to your garden, there’s nothing like a few tips and tricks from friends to really make it flourish. We recently asked our Facebook community to teach us a thing or two about their green thumbs, and the responses were incredibly helpful.
Here are just a few of our favorite responses, you can check out the whole list on our Facebook page:
• “For tomatoes (not the pasting varieties): cut off all the leaves below the top 3. The plants will grow much bigger and produce a lot more fruit.”—Richard
• “For home gardens instead of digging down, it's much easier to build up (just build a simple frame) and that way you can put new soil or better yet compost down to grow great veggies!!! And if you have kids they can be very helpful at watering and weeding...just be sure to show them which ones are weeds first, lol!!” –Kimberly
• “Put crushed seashells around your raised beds to help keep the slugs away!”—Amy
• “I've planted inch sq's of flower styrofoam in my garden just to keep it moist while on vacation.”—Mike
• “I love organic food but they're very expensive. So, I plant my own organic plants! I fill my compost heap with kitchen waste such as water that I use to clean fish, dead leaves, grass clippings and other organic matter that will rot down to fertile humus instead of using chemical fertilizers. These are all gold for my garden.” –Jeevon
• “Marigolds planted in the corners of my raised beds keep the rabbits out and stops their constant nibbling.” –Karen
Everyone who submitted a tip was entered to win a $100 gift card to BogsFootwear.com, and our lucky winner, chosen by Random.Org, is Ashley LM! Her tip was:
• "Have your children help with the garden! They love to remind you when to water and can't wait to grow lots of goodies to pick and eat! I am teaching mine the love of growing their own food St an early age!"