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Simple gardening projects perfect for the upcoming spring

 

Hohokus, NJ - Though many areas are still experiencing tumultuous winter weather, it'll only be a few short months until spring has sprung. That being said, it's never too early to get a head start on any gardening plans or projects you want to try out this season. Fortunately, there are countless gardening and landscaping projects that almost anyone can handle if they put in the time. With that in mind, here are just a few easy gardening projects to put your green thumb to the challenge this spring season. 

 Drip Bottles 
This simple project is great for those who are growing small potted plants in their windowsill. It's especially ideal if you're growing plants that require a high water intake, like tomatoes, peppers, and several varieties of microgreens (edible greens produced from very young vegetable, herb or other plants). 

Plastics like vinyl, polystyrene, phenolic, and polyester were developed in the early 1900s, and you can bring this project to life by reusing a plastic water bottle. Poke tiny holes in the bottom and hang a bottle above each plant to provide a steady supply of water throughout the day. 

Of course, you'll have to make sure your plants' pots have a draining system to collect excess water. Even though steel has been used to store and transport water for over 150 years, this innovative project uses plastic to help the roots take up water before any fungus or mildew can develop as a result of soggy soil. 

DIY Potting Soil
Creating your own rich and fertile potting soil isn't as challenging as it sounds. And when performed correctly, a DIY potting soil blend can be more nutrient-rich for your plants than store-bought soils and fertilizers. Here's how it's done:

"The right soil ensures a healthy and fortified plant that’s ready to fend off harsh conditions and pests. To get your plants off on the right foot, use potting soil that offers a complete range of plant nutrition. You can buy this at a hardware store as well, but why pay someone else to mix the ingredients? Simply add one part of compost to one part peat moss and one part vermiculite (or coarse sand) to keep the soil draining well. And voila! You have potting soil to use in pots and seed starting containers," says Clayton Homes.

Compostable Pots 
You're probably familiar with the tried-and-true method of transferring a budded plant from a small indoor pot to your larger garden outdoors. But with compostable pots, the transferring process is more natural, and the pot actually breaks down and helps to nourish the plant as it grows. You can buy compostable pots at a hardware or gardening store -- or, you can take the fun and sustainable route by creating your own from common household materials. Cardboard egg crates, for example, are the perfect size to hold a seedling. Experts say that taking this route is actually more beneficial for the plants as well.

"They can be planted out in the garden without having to remove them from their pots and disturb those fragile young roots. The pot will then decompose right in place, often attracting earthworms, which are always squirming around for a snack. As the pot weakens in the ground, the plant’s roots will be getting stronger and bust through the sides," writes Jonathon Engels on One Green Planet

Nearly 69 percent of American homeowners admit their lawn could use some improvement, and these small and simple gardening tips are a great way to get a head start on planning for the spring and summer growing season. 

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