This post is sponsored by Tomcat Repellents. But as always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own.
Tis the season for gardening! Springtime and gardening go together like peanut butter and jelly in my mind. I’ve been gearing up to get my flower beds and pots planted, and the hubster and my eldest son are busy planning out the raised garden beds. (Now if only the weather would cooperate! Here in Utah there is actually SNOW in the forecast! ugh!)
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I’m sure I’m not the only one itching to get out into the garden, so today I’ll be sharing some great gardening tips with the help of Tomcat. And these aren’t just any old tips, either. These tips will help you plant a garden that’s easy to maintain, so you can spend more time enjoying it and less time and effort working on it. Here’s to getting out there and planting your best garden yet! :-)
1. Choose The Right Plants
There are several factors to consider when choosing plants for your garden. Start by finding out what zone you you live in according to the USDA Hardiness Zone Map. This system was developed by the USDA as a standard for gardeners to help them easily determine what plants will grow well in their area. You can enter your ZIP code into the USDA Hardiness Zone Finder to find out what zone you live in.
You’ll also want to consider the growing conditions of the area you’ll be planting, including how much sun or shade it gets, if the soil is rocky or compact, and if the area is sloped or flat. Each of these factors will have an impact on what you plant, so it’s important to take your time when researching and making your decision!
2. Mulch, Mulch, And More Mulch
Mulch can definitely look great in your garden, but it plays an important functional role as well. A layer of mulch on top of the soil helps keep your plant’s roots cool, helps the soil retain moisture, and can discourage weeds from sprouting.
There are a wide variety of mulch materials to choose from, including shredded bark, wood chips, pebbles, grass clippings, compost, cocoa hull, and straw. Inorganic mulches like pebbles will be long-lasting, but they won’t add feed or fertilize your plants like organic mulches will.
3. Water The Smart Way
Save time, energy, and money by using a soaker hose in your garden. Soaker hoses deliver water directly to the soil around your plants, minimizing loss due to wind and heat. Attach your soaker hoses to a simple automatic timer, and your garden will be easier to maintain than ever!
4. Keep It Simple
When “spring fever” hits, it can be easy to go overboard and buy more plants than you can reasonably expect to take care of. If you’re new to gardening, stick to a small, well thought out space with a few productive plants. You can always add more later on!
5. Make It A Team Sport
Team up with a friend, neighbor, family member, or gardening buddy. As they say, “many hands make light work!” Working together not only makes gardening easier, but it can make it more enjoyable, too. And be sure to treat yourselves to a refreshing drink or snack when you’re done! :-)
6. Protect Your Investment
When you’re done planting your garden, there’s still work to be done! There are all kinds of critters out there who will trample, nibble, and dig up your garden if given the opportunity, and you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste!
Keep your garden protected from common garden pests with repellents, like those from Tomcat Repellents. Tomcat products contain essential oils that naturally deter small animals such as squirrels and rabbits and other pests from your garden by using scents that they naturally hate.
Their formulas are ready-to-use and long-lasting, so you can protect your garden in one easy step. Tomcat repellents are safe to use on fruit and vegetable plants, and can safely be used around both people and pets when used as directed.
Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be well on your way to your easiest and most rewarding season of gardening yet!