Friday, May 10, 2013

Gardening Tips to Implement This Weekend!

As the snow starts to melt in New England, I know one thing for certain; my mother's favorite season is finally here. The moment she is able to start gardening, a light, that was not present within her during the winter months, shines though. She seeks solace in planting perennials, fresh herbs and vegetables despite being covered in dirt and mosquito bites. Although I don't understand why she enjoys the activity so much, I know that many people share her similar passion for gardening and/or landscaping.

As I was browsing Pinterest, particularly HGTV's profile page, I discovered some simple gardening tips that not only my mother would love, but you guys would love as well! 

Tip #1: Water your Garden!

Generally speaking, water is the single most important nutrient that your garden needs to thrive. But a question that many people run into is: How often should I water my garden? According to eHow, how often you water your garden depends on the soil type (clay, sand, or loam mix), what kind of plants you have, and the amount of rainfall you receive. Use this in conjunction with the dryness of the top 1/2 to 2 inches of soil, to determine when you should water. (Source: eHow)

As a general rule, flowering plants need about 1 inch of water a week (which includes the amount of rain you are receiving as well. 

Need a new water hose and nozzle for the summer? We recommend trying one of Viatek's newest products that comes in a convenient 2 pack: Adjustable Fireman Style Super Nozzles. Modeled after the hoses that professional firefighters use, these nozzles deliver anything from a fine mist to a powerful stream. Ideal for watering bushes in your garden as well as flower beds. 

Tip #2: Rid your fingernails of dirt BEFORE you head outdoors. 

I discovered this tip on and was floored! To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, simply run your fingernails across a bar of soap. This action will effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can't collect beneath them. 

Tip #3: It's all about the details....

A few little embellishments in your garden can go a long way. 

According to to HGTV, a decorative water feature provides a strong visual accent as well as a pleasing sound. 

Vertically mounted flower pots create more space for gardening and add a unique flare to your outdoor living space. 

Create your very own herb garden in a mason jar! This again, adds a unique flair to your garden and outdoor living space. 


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