Get Gardening: Our Best Tips and Tricks for Kickstarting the Growing Season

Get Gardening: Our Best Tips and Tricks for Kickstarting the Growing Season

Nancy Mitchell
May 11, 2014
(Image credit: Marianne Brown)

As someone who indulges heavily in both gardening and procrastination, the beginning of the gardening season is a bit of a stressful time. I want to plant all the things, but I also have the sneaking suspicious that I should have begun yesterday. If warmer weather has been sneaking up on you, here are some tips for getting your garden started — and creating a sucessful one once you do.

First up: from everyone's favorite professional organizer, Fay Wolf, comes a handy tip that will help you take the first step towards getting your garden in gear.

Now that you're on the right track, you might be in the market for some new plants for your garden. Unless you're planning on buying all your plants from the garden store (which can get expensive), you'll probably be starting at least a few seeds. DId you know that, rather than buying a special container to start seeds and then having to disrupt the roots by transferring to another, larger container, you can just start your seeds inside... a coconut? You can. It's wallet friendly and environment friendly, too.

Sometimes, while trying to grow certain plants, you inevitably end up growing other plants that you don't want (aka weeds). Gardening expert Ben Gould shares a handy trick for banishing weeds once and for all.

And finally, once you've managed to grow some things, how do you keep your plants happy and healthy? Feed them dead things. Plants love compost, and, conveniently, you can make it from food scraps right in your own backyard and add it to your flower beds. Here, Ben Gould shows us the right way to add compost to planter beds.

Thanks for watching, and happy gardening!

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