Spring Into Gardening
As the old adage goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” It’s true that April does bring about rain that can positively benefit our garden ventures. But It’s also incredibly easy to start embracing your green thumb! Here are a few gardening tips to get you going.
SAVE YOUR EGG SHELLS
You might have seen people grow plants in eggshells, but rest assured, it’s not all for show. Egg shells can act as fertilizer and a form of pest control! For both of these reasons, it’s a good idea to try planting seeds in egg shells, and then using ground up eggshells as a soil-topper.
First, planting seeds in eggshells gives you a biodegradable, no-waste seed starter. Just make sure to sterilize the deeper halves of your saved eggshells by boiling them or baking them in a 200˚F oven for half an hour. Then, make a drainage hole in the bottom with a nail, add soil, and plant the seeds according to the package instructions. Finally, when the fruits of your labor start to sprout, plan them—with the shell—right into the ground.
Eggshells are made of calcium carbonate, an essential building block for healthy plant cells (and human cells, alike!). Even though it takes a while for eggshells to break down, your plants will end up soaking up the benefits for years to come.
GREEN THUMB IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
Having a “green thumb” is a popular saying if one loves to garden. But if you’re using recycled materials as a vehicle to grow your seeds, then you’re also helping save the environment, making you even greener! It’s true. Paper pot seed starters are a popular, green, and cost-effective way to start growing your plants.
Before adding soil to these paper pots, moisten them with a spray bottle or just submerging them in warm water. Make sure to wet your seed-starting soil, too! When everything is thoroughly wetted, plant your seeds and wait! Much like the eggshell method, when you start to see sprouting, plant them in the ground along with the paper pot. Ensure the entire pot is covered in soil so that the air cannot dry them out.
The paper pot will eventually, naturally breakdown and decompose, leaving you with a beautiful plant in its place!
START YOUR SEEDS OFF RIGHT
While it’s unreasonable to water an entire garden with purified water, you can give them a kickstart with it. While you’re nurturing your seedlings, or wetting your paper pot seed starters, it’s important to offer the right kind of water for maximum growability.
Tap water can actually be detrimental to your plants’ lifespans, given that it can carry heavy metals and other harmful microorganisms that plants might not be able to filter out on their own. Primo® Water undergoes a 5-step Reverse Osmosis (RO) purification system to ensure you’re getting safer, better water in one fell swoop. Since there won’t be anything to filter out, you’re allowing your plants to grab on to that hydration faster, aiding the growing process.
So, next time you go to water your starters, reach for Primo. Before you know it, they’ll be ready to graduate into the great outdoors—that’s what we call The Primo Effect.
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