Cardboard Garden Ideas – Tips On Reusing Cardboard For The Garden
The first thing you need to do when planting vegetables or flowers in your garden is to make sure they are protected from frost. You can use plastic sheeting (or even cardboard) over the soil so it doesn’t freeze during winter months. Plastic sheeting will keep out the cold and protect plants from frost damage.
If you have a large area to plant, you might want to consider using two layers of plastic sheeting instead of one.
If you’re going to reuse some old cardboard, try not to tear up any pieces too much because if you don’t, then it’s very easy for weeds and insects like ants and wasps to get into the garden. Also make sure there aren’t holes in the piece of cardboard so bugs can crawl through them.
You could also put a layer of shredded newspaper over the top of the cardboard. Newspaper is porous, which means it absorbs water easily and keeps pests away from your garden. However, it does break down quickly so you’ll probably need to replace it every few years.
Another option is to use recycled paper bags. These bags are made from wood pulp and contain chemicals that kill harmful insects such as mosquitoes and fleas. Be warned though that not all bags work.
To get the best results, you should try and find bags that say they are pesticide free because these work the best.
When laying down the cardboard or plastic sheets, slant them slightly towards the centre of your garden bed so any water that falls on them (or sprinklers) will run towards the middle and drain away. You don’t want water to pool up and rot your seeds or young plants.
Of course, you can always choose not to cover your newly prepared bed with anything at all. This will save you time and money because you won’t need to buy anything. Just be sure to keep a close eye on your seeds or young plants because you don’t want birds to mess them up!
Once your seeds have sprouted or your plants are a little bigger, you can take away the covering. Just be sure to keep a close eye on your garden because if you start getting a lot of rain, your bed could end up with puddles of water.
When choosing your garden site, try and pick an area that gets full sun (six or more hours) every day. If possible, face the area South so the plants can soak up as much sun as possible. If there aren’t any sunny sites on your property, a lot of garden centres have pre-made garden beds that get full sun all day long.
You may even want to consider putting up a wood fence around your garden to keep out any pesky critters such as slugs, mice, rats, cats, dogs and other types of animals.
You can also create your own trellis system to help your plants grow vertically. This will give them more room to spread out and get more sunlight. You can also train them to grow in certain formations such as along a fence or on a wall.
As your plants start to blossom, you may want to spray them with some insecticide. Most home-made pesticides contain either soapy water or a mixture of water and white vinegar. Soapy water kills the bugs by stripping the wax off their bodies so they drown.
Vinegar dissolves the waxy coating that protects their bodies from dehydration.
Most plant problems can be fixed with a little time, effort and determination. Don’t give up if your plants appear sick or frail at first. With a little love and tender care, they should bounce back in no time at all.
If you have any other ideas for homemade garden remedies, please suggest them in the comment section below. Everyone would love to hear your ideas.
Other than that, I wish you the best of luck and I hope this guide helps you create the garden of your dreams!
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