Ten Gardening Tips from the Non-Gardener

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Gardener preparing a potted flower

Since it is the last day of National Garden Month, it is time to open your shed, pull out your tools and dig in the dirt for summer planting season. Around my home in the Midwest, the air is finally warm with sunshine and the ground moist with rain.  But for the non-gardener like me, sunshine and rain are simply not enough to grow your plants.  In fact, I can become so overwhelmed with all the do’s and dont’s that I just don’t garden. At all.

That is why I polled the best parenting and professional bloggers online and asked them to help me this year. I hope their tips will provide you with inspiration and confidence to go out there and create some beauty (and grow some food).

10 Gardening Tips for the Non-Gardener

1.    When in doubt, ask questions at the nursery. Those guys know what they are doing. -  Kim, Agoura Hills Mom

2.    Start small. Also, plant only things you'll ACTUALLY eat. - Sara, @SensiblySara

3.    When you visit a local nursery seek out advice on what grows well in your region. - Karen, Desert Chica Ramblings

4.    Water in the morning. Watering midday is very stressful for the plant since the sun is high, and watering at night can bring on fungal diseases because the plant may sit wet for too long. - Wendy, ABCs Gardens and Peas

5.    Don't be afraid to plant something. If it doesn't grow, plant something else. - Hillary, My Scraps

6.    Repurpose old canning lids as seed markers - Angela, The Untrained Housewife

7.    The next time you plan to plant a full garden or simply replace plants which have bloomed their last time, consider all your senses: Sight, Smell, Taste, Feel and Sound. - Rajean, Blomquist

8.    Add crushed eggshells to the dirt before you plant tomatoes. - Daria - Mom in Management

9.    Once your garden is planted, add mulch around the plants. This keeps them damp and also cuts down on weeds. - Carolyn, Carolyn in Carolina

10.    Start small...if not, you'll get overwhelmed. - Crystal, Simply Being Mommy

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @Bayer4CropsUS, @BayerAdvanced, and @MamaDweeb. Send us photos of your gardens and crops and use the #Plant14.

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About Annie Shultz

Annie Shultz is a writer born and raised in the heart of the Kansas prairie. She writes about country life, technology and recipes on her blog MamaDweeb.com.

Annie Shultz is a writer born and raised in the heart of the Kansas prairie. She writes about country life, technology and recipes on her blog MamaDweeb.com. Bayer CropScience was fortunate enough to have her join our Ag Blogger panel at Ag Issues Forum in February, and we are excited to have her as a guest blogger.  As the mother of three young children, she is constantly running from one activity to the next. When she isn't in her car, she is curled up on the couch trying to read a few more pages of historical fiction while sipping coffee.
 

 

 

 

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