You can have beautiful perennials that are happy and healthy, with very little effort or gardening know-how. Even the most novice gardener with one or two containers of blooms can confidently utilise these easy tips. Here are the top five perennial garden tips using easy to find household items that will make you look like an experienced green-fingered gardener – even if you are not.
1. Eggshells and Coffee Grounds
Who knew that the leftovers from your breakfast would be the perfect fertiliser for your perennials? The acidity leaves the coffee during the brewing process, leaving you with nitrogen-rich grounds. Eggshells are a great source of calcium to nourish your soil and help your perennials grow. Eggshells can take a while to decompose, so crush them up as much as possible before adding to your soil.
Again, the calcium in milk makes it a perfect fertiliser, and it is also an effective and safe natural fungicide. As a natural, chemical-free pesticide, milk is particularly effective against aphids in your garden. Mix a solution of 50% milk to 50% water and spray on plant leaves, or pour into soil around the base of plants.
3. Paper Towels
If you have plans to travel for a few days, paper towels can help keep your perennials moist while you are away. Tightly roll a paper towel and lay across the soil of your garden bed or container with one end hanging in a cup of water. The paper towel will slowly draw the water out of the cup, keeping your soil moist and your plants alive while you are on holiday.
4. Epsom Salts
Another trick to boost the health of your soil is to sprinkle it with unscented Epsom salts. Epsom salts are made from magnesium sulphate, which help plants soak up nitrogen and phosphorus. Epsom salts can be mixed in straight to the soil, or or you can dissolve one teaspoon in with a gallon of water for regular watering.
5. Milk Jug
Speaking of watering, you don’t need to go out and buy a special watering can if you have an empty milk container at home. Simply poke holes in the lid, fill the empty container up with water, and hold by the handle to water your container perennials.
When you pick an adaptable and tough perennial like Geranium Rozanne, she is likely to reward you with a long flowering period even if you are a novice gardener. By incorporating these garden tips into your routine, you can make sure Rozanne and her perennial friends flourish and thrive in your garden all season long.