The Garden Guy: Advice from a Guru

Gardening for many town folk and youth is bland and old-fashioned – at least according to them. On the contrary, gardening is one fulfilling activity that has a host benefits including a sense of satisfaction, stress relief and the opportunity to sample only the freshest unadulterated produce.  Michelle goes through some important tips in this guide.

Important Tips


  1. Go the green way

In recent times, there has been an increased awareness of global warming. As a result, environmentally-friendly products are taking root in the market. Farming has not been left behind, and organic agriculture is the trend. Besides, going green will save you a reasonable sum.

The natural and organic fertilizers are a safe bet as they do not have any harmful chemicals and their effectiveness is unquestionable. Also, buy a rain barrel, and it will make savings on water expenses.

  1. Have a low-maintenance Houseplant

Nothing underscores the benefits of gardening better than indoor plants. Low-maintenance houseplants such as the peace lilies are an excellent air cleaner and add something unique to the space. Houseplants are also a good way for beginners to try their hand at gardening.

  1. Consider a Vegetable Garden

The healthiest and safest food is the one you have grown yourself and vegetable gardens are easy. With a bit of research and few trial and errors, you will be set to start your own garden. Make sure you have a source of water, organic fertilizer and of course a seedbed.

  1. Do Companion Planting 

Having a variety of plants in your garden is always a good idea as it improves your garden considerably. As a matter fact, some of them will replenish nutrients used by another. No matter the size of your garden, cover crops are a good and easy way to rejuvenate the soil. Mustard is a quick growing cover plant that contains a natural compound that kills bugs. Legumes such as peas and alfalfa contain nitrogen fixers and replenish the soil of the vital compound that plants need.

And some trees like Faidherbia albida and acacia are the fertilizer trees. These trees draw nitrogen from the atmosphere and input it into the soil to the benefit of the surrounding trees. This is a much cheaper and natural way of fertilizing. The Faidherbia albida has a natural ability to get the necessary nutrients from deep within and store them in their leaves. When the spiky leaves fall, they make these nutrients available to other plants.