5 Secrets To A Healthy Garden

Gardening is actually quite fun and rewarding but that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter challenges. Garden challenges are easy to overcome, and even prevent, if you know a few secrets to a healthy garden! We’ve learned the hard way and you can learn from our challenges!

Gardening is actually quite fun and rewarding but that doesn't mean you won't encounter challenges. Garden challenges are easy to overcome, and even prevent, if you know a few secrets to a healthy garden! We've learned the hard way and you can learn from our challenges!

5 Secrets To A Healthy Garden

1) Raised Beds

Raised Garden Beds are my thing! Not only do we deal with less weeds but the soil is perfect for plants and picking is easier on my back!

Cinder Block Raised Garden Beds

We didn’t always have raised garden beds though. As a matter of fact, we still have a lovely, in ground, garden area beside the house. This garden area has served us well, but we didn’t know what we were missing until the raised beds went in! We now use the in ground garden area for potato crates and green beans. The raised beds are excellent for root vegetables with the nice loose soil!

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2) Marigolds

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If you’ve ever dealt with those pesky aphids, you’ll want to avoid them at all costs! Experience with aphids put me on a mission of how to avoid them all together. My research led me to Marigolds! Lo and behold, the year after aphids, we planted Marigolds and not an aphid was found!

3) Soaker Hose

Out of all our garden beds, the bed with the soaker hose did the best! The other two beds did great but, eventually, became full of mildew. My thought is that the overhead sprinkler we had set up automatically contributed to the mildew. If you catch mildew early, Neem Oil will help but why not avoid it altogether?

Mildew in the Garden

Mildew gone too far

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4) Water Timer

You may enjoy gardening and know you will get out there to water yourself but, let’s face it, life happens and we may not water at the ideal time. Setting up a water timer will give your garden a refreshing drink right when it needs it!

This is the exact water timer we have used for three years! It has done it’s job well even when we were on vacation!

When your garden is young, you will want to water every day. Once your plants are established, two or three times a week is sufficient and will encourage a strong root system.

Our favorite time to water is first thing in the morning!

5) Eggs and Coffee Grounds

What do eggs and coffee grounds have to do with gardens? Let me tell you! We learned this trick from Old World Garden Farms and used it successfully last year. Egg shells add calcium to the soil and coffee grounds release minerals into the soil, serving as a fertilizer. What’s easier than that?

Bonus: Companion Planting

You may not want to hang out with that acquaintance that drives you batty and, guess what, neither do your plants! Pay attention to garden friend and foes!

Garden challenges seem to crop up each year and we continue to learn secrets to a healthy garden with lots of help from friends, the internet, and the garden itself!

What garden secrets do you have to share?



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  • kay ~ the barefoot minimalist May 11, 2016, 2:39 pm

    I’ve never gardened, but always wanted to. When I was a kid, I dug up a garden in the backyard, and when I saw that I had accidentally cut a worm in half and finished running and screaming into the house, that was pretty much my last attempt. I really looked forward to radishes especially. I love all of your tips and would love to use them Jayleen, but how do I get over my aversion to possibly accidentally chopping up our little wormy pals? Thanks in advance! 🙂

  • Sunshine and Rainy Days May 12, 2016, 8:39 am

    Oh my goodness! You must have been devastated! I still gross out when I find worms in the garden, or any other creeper crawlers, but I know those worms are doing a great job and are beneficial to my garden! You might want to try an earth box http://amzn.to/1R0cXAH. We have a few of those too and they are awesome!

  • Julie May 12, 2016, 9:44 am

    I need to try your raised bed idea. I am SO bad at gardening. The year we tried in a spot beside our house I grew more weeds than vegetables!

  • Sunshine and Rainy Days May 12, 2016, 9:53 am

    Lol! Weeds can actually enrich the soil;0) We started small and eventually built our way up to growing more and more! You can do it, Julie!

  • Janeen May 16, 2016, 10:28 am

    Planting flowers (like marigolds) amongst the veggies was a huge help to my garden too. I balked at the idea since I wanted to produce as much “food” as possible, but I’ve since come to love growing some cut flowers. Makes the whole summer brighter, AND keeps bugs away 🙂

  • Sunshine and Rainy Days May 16, 2016, 4:29 pm

    You’re so right, Janeen! Flowers do brighten up our summer with the added benefit of keeping those aphids away! Now to make sure those cute little bunnies, that have been running around our yard, can’t get into the garden bedsÜ