*** Gardening Tips From Eddie ***
Read Eddie’s latest article about garden tools at “Garden Widgets – Just Tooling Around” in the Writings section!
Learn the Following:
- Your climate zone __________________
- Annual rainfall ____________________
- Your altitude ______________________
- Which way is East and West in your garden
- Average last and first frost dates ________________ ________________
Tips and Suggestions
- Neatness counts – At the end of the day or whenever you finish a project clean up the mess.
- Put everything back where it goes and it will look so much better.
- Define gardening – what does it mean to you? This will help solidify a vision of your garden.
- Narrow your focus – Don’t try to have one of everything or your garden will soon be a botanical nightmare.
- Learn what you like and specialize.
- Beware of invasive plants – Be advised that good Nurseries sometimes sell bad plants. Get a list of the plants to avoid from the GA Native Plant Society: http://www.gnps.org.
- Learn the difference between pruning and shearing. Do large cuts first, detail work last.
- Visit public gardens – And better neighborhoods. Take notes, pictures, and borrow ideas that you see.
- Don’t skimp – Buy nice plants and accessories for your garden.
- Name your garden – Put up a sign that says ‘Bigger Chigger Ranch’ or ‘Rainbow Glen’ anything.
- Have at least one unusual specimen plant.
- Mix vegetables with your flowers, they will look great and be practical.
- Plant Edibles that don’t have to be sprayed – Seedless American persimmons, pawpaw, pineapple guava, kiwi, fig, blueberries and English walnuts.
- Prepare individual bags of soil amendments in advance and stockpile for use on single plantings.
- Place your buglight over the goldfish pond.
- Source For Water Polymers: www.watersorb.com
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