Helpful hints and tips

Tue. Aug. 29, 2017

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:  Helpful hints and tips

Dad used to say “kid, I learned the hard way, that’s why I’m telling you now so you don’t have to”.  And yet….

I seem to learn the hard way too.  Maybe it’s genetic! Still, I’ll list some helpful hints so YOU don’t have to learn the hard way:

  • wear gloves when chopping hot peppers OR make sure you don’t rub ANY part of your body until you’ve washed your hands thoroughly!

chopping jalapenos

  • when harvesting, have a wash basin or water source nearby to get the big chunks of dirt off before you go into the house
  • have a sharp knife handy
  • wear easy slip-off shoes so you’re not struggling with a basket of produce in your hands while opening the door to your home
  • start a small veggie garden, you can always make it bigger but don’t overwhelm yourself
  • Photograph your landscape.  Take pictures of the things that worked and those that didn’t.
  • when digging holes for large plants, lay a tarp down nearby and toss the soil on that.  You can drag it easily across the lawn and it doesn’t leave a mess

a little different now!

Flower stick person

Some other hints from my tv show Dig In Minnesota (circa 2013):