You can read all kinds of things about it and on TV it all seems just as easy, but in practice it is a different story. Anyone can pick weeds and mow grass, but sowing plants and growing vegetables yourself is something else. Fortunately, there are more and more handy things for sale so that you can quickly get to grips with it. With the right approach and good materials, success is assured in advance. We are happy to walk you through some gardening matters and show you the latest tools.
SOW AND GROW PLANTS YOURSELF
There is nothing more fun than watching your own plants grow. Sow first and then transplant. Some gardeners first sow in a box and later put the plants one by one in a pot (prick out). Nowadays you can also buy single seeds that you put directly in a pot with nutritious growing soil. If you use biodegradable pots, you will no longer have to take them out when planting out, you can put them in the ground, pot and all. There are now also small grow cabinets in which a row of those pots fits exactly. You can choose from several types and sizes of both pots and grow cabinets. The advantage of a grow box is the temperature and moisture regulation. Growing is also possible without such a box, of course, as long as you keep an eye on the temperature and don’t forget to water. In this video they explain exactly how you can do it.
If the vegetable or flower plants start growing out of the pots and it is no longer freezing outside, they can go into the open ground. This is of course possible without protection, but you have to bear in mind that the plants are still very vulnerable and may need a little help in the beginning. The flower plants in the flower border often get some shelter from other perennials, but the vegetable plants in the vegetable garden stand alone. You could then use culture film. The soil around the plant will then remain moister and weeds will not grow immediately. Another advantage is that the foil keeps the plant clean and the soil does not close after a heavy rain shower. The most important thing is that the plant grows faster and is ready to harvest earlier.
Because your vegetable and flower plants are so fragile, you should do everything you can to protect them. You may never need to fully expose some plants to our Dutch climate, but let’s start with vegetables that you want to eat as early as possible. You can build temporary tunnels for that. This doesn’t have to be difficult, you can put some braces on and pull the foil over it. Sometimes it’s not about the temperature, but about all kinds of harmful insects that are fond of your vegetables. Instead of foil, the braces can then be covered with anti-insect gauze.
A mobile greenhouse is a great solution for annual flowers and vegetables that you do not yet dare to plant. With such a greenhouse, your gardening season simply starts earlier. Your plants will continue to grow without inhibiting the cold weather and will not suffer from the hunger of rabbits and snails. The flexible greenhouse has the advantage that you can simply clean it up in the winter and give it a different place in the spring so that the fertility of the soil is not exhausted (crop rotation).
By far the biggest problem for the average gardener is the weeds that seem to be growing everywhere. The next thing to ask is how to keep all the plants in check and grow without them falling over. There are many foils and ground cloths. We at De Tuinen van Appeltern believe that the ground should initially be covered with plants, but we can imagine that you temporarily opt for ground-covering cloths while the plants are growing up. Natural mats made of jute or coconut are often more beautiful than the appropriate green or black plastic. It is useful to grow plants in pots or in a weedy environment without any worries, this can be done by means of round coconut plant protection discs.
All kinds of plastic border edges are available for vertical demarcation and separation between, for example, lawn and gravel, complete with suitable picket posts and screws. You can also create curved shapes with these kinds of edges. The flexible border edges are suitable for round shapes and the straight border edges are for straight sections. The border edges are also only intended as a partition. You cannot bridge differences in height with it, nor can you create raised borders with it. The edges come in different colors and with matching pins and connections.
If you want to stop the roots of trees and bamboos, there are special root-resistant polypropylene mats. You have to bury these 1.2 mm thick foils up to 60 cm deep. Keeping the roots in check not only prevents nuisance from damaged pipes or raised tiles at the neighbors, the roots are also forced to get their moisture deeper, leaving more moisture and nutrition for the other plants.
We prefer that every gardener chooses plants that remain sturdy and sturdy when the wind blows or are held up by the plants around them. We can also imagine that some plants temporarily need some support. There is then a lot available in wood, zinc, plastic and metal. If a plant needs support, don’t think too lightly. Choose sufficient thickness and length. You can choose binding wire, clips, brackets, extensions, bends, circles, grids, and rings, with or without scalloped edge… it’s too much to mention.
For the heavier work there are of course the tree tires. It is important for a young tree that the roots are given the opportunity to attach themselves. Without that attachment, the growth of the tree will not take place. The tree poles with tree band keep the trunk, and thus the root system, in place
Every year, new handy tools are invented with which you can work wonderfully as a gardener. Of course you don’t need everything that comes up and often your old familiar way of working is not wrong at all. We have made a selection of fun new and old familiar tools in a new jacket. All items are for sale at garden centers under the name NATURE .
punch With a hole punch you ensure clean and accurate cutting of plant holes in growth and cover films.
- Greenhouse heating
To prevent frost damage, a greenhouse heater is ideal.
- Written stitch labels
This is not only great fun, it is also very useful! By labeling the plants you can recognize them faster.
- Pot press
To make your own seed ball, you can use a pot press.
- Seed Spreader
A convenient way to spread seeds evenly.
- Pruning set
Easy for transplanting your plants
- Planting line set
To ensure that you draw straight lines when sowing or transplanting.
- Garden stool (2 in 1)
A stool on which you can sit, but when you turn it around it protects your knees.
- Lawn aerator sandals
You can use this to make your lawn breathe better.
- Drainage cloth for pots and plants
The cloth retains moisture for longer and prevents clogging of the drainage holes.
- Border border
With these flexible borders you can easily create planting boxes.
- Pop-up greenhouse
A steel frame with a ‘pop-up’ mounting system. Takes up little space and is easy to clean up.
- Triangular plant support
This plant support is especially suitable for use in the vegetable garden or pots.
- Support ring with scalloped edge
- Dome-shaped mesh attachment
An attachment for on your plant sticks to protect the cultivation.
- Reflective bird repeller
To protect your crops, you can use this silver-coloured ‘windmill’.