14 Clever Gardening Tips & Tricks

From harvesting and storing tips to using different tools to enhance the quality of your work, in this article, we will carefully examine everyday things you can do to greatly impact yield in your vegetable garden. Let’s see how a gardener can do more, achieve more and ultimately save both time and energy.

How to Transplant Tomatoes Using a Broadfork Tool

You will find that it will be easier to transplant young seedlings without bruising them using a broad fork tool. Let’s see how.

  • Using this tool, dig a hole about a meter deep and add water to half the depth of the hole. Cinnamon is a great anti-fungal home remedy and it is then added into the hole together with gelatin. Gelatin will keep helpful microbes well and fed and this will improve the performance of your soil.
  • Consolidate your tomatoes by covering them all the way up to the newly sprouting leaves. This will take the strain off the underdeveloped roots so they can get a better foothold on the soil.

Harvesting and Storing Tips

  • Don’t burn your raked leaves just yet, putting them in a compost heap and let sit for a while and you’ll be having compost manure in up to 3-4 weeks!
  • Pickle or refrigerate your harvest to keep from spoiling, greens can be preserved in plastic bags and stored away for winters in labeled containers.
  • Unripe tomatoes can mature indoors if you cut them off the vine and hang them some place warm, there’ll be glowing red bulbs lighting up your house in no time.
  • Winter need not be a dampener as some plants do well in winter weather; examples of these are brussel sprouts, cabbages, and broccoli. The reason here is many of these like the cabbages are up to 70% water so the leaves will soak in most of the water from the frost, so you won’t have to water it in this season.
  • Chilling your seedlings in the fridge before planting helps keep them fresh and sturdy to survive the trauma of transplanting them.
  • Did you know that the music you listen to when weeding, harvesting, or otherwise tending your garden greatly improves yield before harvesting? Studies have shown that sound waves positively affect plant productivity in addition to stimulating and relaxing the dresser. Veggies grown under the sound of music were shown to be much healthier than ones that aren’t.

Other Useful Tips to Use a Broad Fork Smartly

This tool as has been shown is quite efficient in tasks that involve digging where a hoe may otherwise be used; though it is shown to be more versatile because it also doubles as a raking equipment. Let’s see some of the gardening-related activities that can be easily performed using this tool.

  • The same tool can be used to rake up dead leaves and dig up the compost pit to put the compost in.
  • When time comes to applying the mulch and compost on your garden, the broadfork can be used to break up the area around the plant without upsetting the seedling itself. This is due to the spacing of the tines on the fork head.
  • When transplanting veggies, dig up a hole for the transplant with a little extra room for the mulch you’re going to add. The mulch will provide much nourishment during winters when not much is happening in your garden.
  • Measure at least three feet between rows in your garden for weeding. The broadfork is hardly two and a half across which makes it perfect for this task. The tool will neatly till out weeds and other nasties without interfering with the veggies and flowers.
  • Fruit peelings like bananas can be thrown in between the dug up rows after mulching to further enrich the soil as they decompose.
  • When mulching, remember to use completely decomposed compost, as partly decomposed manure can damage the plants, microbes should be given enough time to break down the compost so that it’s less acidic to the young plants.

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