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5 Simple Yet Clever Gardening Tips from the Baddour Garden Center

Communities like Baddour offer a safe and comfortable place for adults with intellectual disabilities to learn, grow, and gather for fun and engaging events and activities. One such activity available at Baddour is the opportunity to work in the Baddour Garden Center. Those who work in the Garden Center grow, tend, and cultivate flowers, and produce for purchase through the center.

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In spring and summer, guests are able to purchase an array of beautiful annuals, perennials, produce, and seeds. In fall and winter, mums, pansies, hay bales, pumpkins, decorative gourds, fresh greenery wreaths, Christmas trees, and poinsettias are available for purchase. You’ll also find garden and lawn care items and supplies such as bulk mulch, top soil, planters, baskets, flower pots, and more year-round. Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy learning more about what the Baddour Garden Center is doing to help the Monarch butterfly population.

 

We’ve compiled our top 5 gardening tips for spring.

1. Invite Nature In

The only thing more relaxing than enjoying your beautiful garden is enjoying nature’s flora and fauna right alongside it. To invite songbirds into your outdoor spaces, create safe areas for them to eat, nest, and dwell. Birdhouses and decorative gourds like those available for purchase in the Baddour Garden Center make great nesting spots for mother birds and their babies, while placing several feeders located off of the ground in shaded areas provide comfortable meal time spots for a variety of birds.


2. Reuse and Recycle

There are several household items that can be utilized in your garden. Here are just a few examples.

Packing Peanuts and Coffee Filters

Flower pots with packing peanuts and coffee filters placed at the bottom of a planter, beneath the top layer of soil, are lighter and more easily movable while allowing for proper drainage.

Eggshells and Egg Cartons

Eggshells provide calcium needed by soil for proper growth and nutrition. Grinding egg shells and mixing them with your top soil gives your garden a calcium boost. Paper egg cartons are biodegradable, so you can utilize them as a seed starter for your garden.

Coffee and K Cups

Don’t throw those K Cups away; give them new life as seed starters in your garden. The coffee also doubles as a non-toxic deterrent for pesky critters and creatures who may be sneaking into or stealing from your garden.

 

3. Utilize Perennials and Self-Seeding Annuals

Perennial flowers live three to four seasons with proper love and care, so if you’re relatively new at gardening or don’t have extra time to devote to replanting each year, perennials are a great option. While annuals typically only live for one season, self-seeding annuals allow new flowers to grow in the following years. You can purchase a variety of perennials such as roses, peonies, mums, and daylilies and annuals like petunias, zinnias, marigolds, and begonias in the Baddour Garden Center.

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4. Layer Bulbs

Layering bulbs in three to four sections with soil in between allows your garden to bloom for weeks each season without needing to replant. Choose varieties that flower a few weeks apart, such as tulips, daffodils, and crocuses. Your first layer should be one to two inches beneath the top, the second three to four inches from the top, and the third four to five inches below the topsoil for optimum growth and development.

 

5. Go Natural

Whether you’re looking to utilize as many household products you already have on hand as you can or you’re concerned about keeping toxic chemicals away from your pets and children, there are a variety of non-toxic or natural ingredients you probably already have at home that can help your garden flourish for years to come. Organic products can even prolong the health of your soil, since chemicals can build up and deplete the nutrients your plants need to thrive.

Compost

Tea and coffee grounds, eggshells, and even leftover bits of produce make excellent composting material that build up organic matter in the soil. The caffeine acts as a natural herbicide while animals and insects are repelled by the scent.

Vinegar

Vinegar can be used in the tool shed to remove rust from gardening tools and in the garden to deter pests and clean bird baths and other items without using a cleaner that is toxic to plants, animals, and people.

Baking Soda

Baking soda doubles as a fungicide in your garden by keeping areas too dry for fungus to grow and thrive.

Pennies

Have a handful of change lying around? Use those old pennies in the garden. Copper is a natural fungicide that prevents bacteria and fungal growth.

Spices

Common spices used to create flavorful dishes also work as pesticides by deterring pests and creatures turned off by the scent or taste. Cayenne pepper, hot pepper flakes, chili powder, and Mexican or Cajun spice blends all work well as pesticides.

Epsom Salt

Magnesium-rich epsom salt can be utilized in a variety of ways around your garden. To prevent transplant shock when moving plants and flowers from one location to another, mix epsom salt in with the new soil. To deter pests and keep your tomatoes, peppers, and roses thriving, sprinkle epsom salt around the base of the plant.


Visit the Baddour Garden Center

The Baddour Garden Center is located on Miracle Drive in Senatobia, just west of Highway 51. The Garden Center is open from __am - __pm. Ask about delivery services.

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Are you a nonprofit or organization searching for fundraising opportunities? The Baddour Garden Center offers you the opportunity to support two wonderful organizations by purchasing items such as flats of annuals or hanging baskets for fundraising efforts. Learn more about wholesale pricing for eligible customers.

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Posted by Brittany Rodgers at 4:34 PM