Spring has sprung—and for 35% of HughesNet customers who shared in our recent survey that gardening and landscaping are their favorite hobbies— it’s time to get started!
Whether you’re new to gardening or an avid gardener, here are some lesser-known gardening hacks that might come in handy:
- Stay hydrated. Along with spring comes the heat. Keep your plants hydrated throughout the warmer seasons with a DIY drip irrigation system. Puncture holes around the sides of a plastic bottle, stuff a sock in it and then fill it with water. The fabric of the sock will absorb and retain the water, slowly distributing it to your plants. Take a look at this online resource that provides you with 13 options for creating a drip irrigation system to save you time and money.
- Matchmake your garden. Many plants benefit their neighbors in different ways. For example, strawberries are more flavorful when grown near thyme. Planting a border of marigolds around squash plants helps discourage bugs from devouring your crop. A simple search online can tell you the best plant pairings that will yield the best flowers, fruits and vegetables. Here’s a recent companion planting guide from The Old Farmer’s Almanac to help you get started.
- DIY Compost. Gather up your coffee grounds, broken eggshells, fruit and vegetable scraps, mix them up with your soil, and use them as fertilizer instead of throwing them out in the trash. Your future garden will thank you. Better Homes & Gardens shares a step-by-step guide on how to make the “black gold” your garden will thank you for.
- Nurture your hobby. With thousands of different plants available, the possibilities are endless. The Spruce’s roundup of the top 13 best gardening and landscaping Instagram accounts to follow is a great source of inspiration for what you’ll want to plant next.
Check in with your friends and family to see if they have any tips too. Our survey found that HughesNet hobbyists often turn to their family members (55%) and friends (51%) along with online resources (37%) most to help develop their favorite pastimes.
Lastly, as your garden begins to grow, share your progress with others online! Happy Gardening!