Planting Tips and More Information!
- Plants need more than just water and sun - the soil also matters a lot!
- The soil pellets we provided are dehydrated coconut coir. It is made from recycled coconut husks and once you add water you will have a great growing medium!
- Coconut Coir is great for seedlings (and gardening in general) because it:
- Provides the plants with the nutrients they need to grow big and strong!
- Improved aeration so that the roots get more oxygen, and
- Retains water for longer to keep your seeds from drying out!
- Has low pH levels
Feeding your plants can also help!
Did you know that there are a lot of everyday items around your house that can help plants in your own garden grow? Here are just a few!
- Make your own compost - Save your fruit and vegetable scraps, newspapers, grass clippings, and other compostable materials. Use them to start a compost bin or pile. Add a bit of water from time to time, and turn your pile to speed up the composting process. When everything has broken down into a dark, rich soil, it's time to spread it in your garden. Compost is loaded with nutrients and microorganisms that are good for your garden. It is a top-notch organic addition to your soil that can be used anywhere in the garden.
- Coffee Grounds - allow them to dry completely. Sprinkle the grounds around the base of your acid-loving plants. This works because coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, and potassium—all-important plant nutrients. They're also naturally acidic, so they can help you boost the acidity of the soil. Azaleas, roses, rhododendrons, and blueberries are just some of the plants that will benefit from this treatment.
- Egg Shells - Save your eggs shells and allow them to air dry. Place the dried shells in a blender and pulse until they're powdery-fine. Sprinkle the shell powder around the plants in your garden. This works well because eggshells are made up almost entirely of calcium carbonate—the main ingredient in agricultural lime. Use this in place of lime in the garden.
- Fireplace Ash - Collect fireplace ashes after they cool down. Sprinkle cool (never hot) fireplace ash over your garden beds and work it into the soil. Fireplace ash is rich in potassium and calcium carbonate. If your soil is too acidic, it'll help to balance out the pH, so your plants are better able to absorb the nutrients that are present in the soil.
- Tea - Tea is naturally high in tannic acid and nitrogen, which helps fertilizes the soil in which your grow plants grow. Potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc are also found in tea – all essential nutrients for healthy and thriving plants! Even “watering” your plants with leftover tea hydrates and generally helps nourish your plants. Tea also increases growth rates and root development as well.