Here’s a list of tips to grow more veggies, and to keep them growing that I found from some amazing gardeners!
- Use coffee grounds to fertilize your soil. Go to a local coffee shop and ask for their spent grounds. They save them at my shop for gardeners and have a sack behind the counter.
- Keep deer away from your garden by using human hair. Sprinkle it around the perimeter and replace every couple of weeks or after a big rain.
- Also, to keep deer and other animals out of the garden, pee on the fence posts. (Reminds me of the movie Doc Hollywood)
- Don’t water during the day. It’s useless and a waste. Most of it will evaporate and if you water the plant, the sun can burn it up (think of water droplets as tiny magnifying glasses). Always water at the base. Keep in mind vegetables are made up of mostly water. A tomato is 90-95% water.
- If you want to get children interested in gardening, stay away from root vegetables. They can’t see the growth and understand what’s going on underneath the ground and can’t visualize it. Stick with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins and corn. The changes are visually stunning and fun to watch.
- Make plant markers by using an old mini blind. Take the slats, cut them with scissors and use a Sharpie. Go to Goodwill if you don’t have any. You can get one for .50 cents.
- Always plant flowers throughout your garden to attract pollinators. And besides, it atheistically pleasing.
- If you want to start from seeds, I would suggest starting indoors in the transplant packs. You never know what the weather will bring and here is Omaha, this year we had a mild winter and currently a hot summer! Better to get a head start indoors!