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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Few Gardening Tips

Many people find The Home Garden in search of gardening tips so I thought today I would oblige all the seekers of garden tips with a post all about and only about garden tips!

Garden Tip #1: 
Daffodil Tips!

Garden Tip #2
Compost is good - Use it! Make it!
Keep a compost pile in the backyard to get rid of your organic kitchen waste and keep unnecessary volume out of landfills. Then use the compost in your garden or make a compost tea from it to help your plants.

Garden Tip #3
Winter Blooming/January Jasmine Bud Tips
-not blooming yet unfortunately!

Garden Tip #4
A Tomato Tip
The best way to plant a tomato is to bury it all the way in the soil except for the top two leaves - horizontal or vertical doesn't really matter since the stem will root anywhere it is underneath soil. Or you could read this post about the best way to plant a tomato!

Garden Tip #5
Tulip Tips! 'Negrita' and 'Shirley' are on their way.

Garden Tip #6
Save Money by Growing Your own Plants
Propagating plants through division, layering, and cuttings is a very easy and fun way to save money in the garden! You can also save a lot of money by growing your plants from seeds.

Garden Tip #7
Be Handy with Your Handle
Measuring and marking the handle of your shovel, rake, or hoe with inches and feet (or your favorite units of measurement) can be extremely useful in the garden - I really should do this!

Garden Tip #8 
Hosta Tips!

Garden Tip #9
Raise Your Garden's Standards with Raised Beds
Raised beds help you control the soil of your garden and help your garden to flourish. They can be built from many materials, in many shapes, and many sizes.

Garden Tip #10
Grow Your Kids in the Garden
Get the kids into the garden as often as you can, the fresh air does wonders!
It also teaches the kids valuable skills about growing food, nature and the environment as well as the big buzz word of today: sustainability!

I hope you enjoyed these "tips"!


  1. Your tips + tips juxtaposition was clever... and very complimentary!

  2. Dave, I agree with all of your tips. I have a few raised beds and they always do better than the ones on level ground.


  3. your garden tips is just the best i am also a garden person i love it thanks for all

  4. They are the just the best tips!

  5. Great tips Dave.
    Your "garden" is growing into a couple very lovely ladies. You have the best help there is.

  6. Hi Dave,
    Those were very clever and useful tips - love the photos, they make me long so much more for spring.

  7. Very good tips here Dave...my little shovel already has inches engraved in it....LOVE LOVE the photo of your angels...

  8. Thanks Eliza! Just trying to add a little humor ;).


    Raised beds are THE way to go! If I were gardening over a much larger area I might think otherwise but for my backyard garden they are perfect.

    Thanks Tina and Sissy!


    You should have seen the youngest one today when she saw the first seedling she planted pop up, pure excitement!


    The hosta tips are actually from last year but the rest are out there now. If it would only warm up to "normal" temperatures the daffodils would already be in bloom.

    Thanks Darla!

    That photo is one of my favorites! There's just something about black and white photos that makes them seem more "real."

  9. I loved seeing the garden tips -- both kinds. Isn't it nice to see things finally growing again?

  10. Great tips all of them. But I LOVE the idea of having measuring marks on the handle of a shovel. That's one I'm going to do for sure.

  11. Congrats on your Honorable Mention over at GGW!

  12. Wonderful tips. I used your tip on planting the tomatoes last year and it seem to work well for me! Thanks...


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