‘A good rule of thumb’: Best tips for gardening – ‘it’ll make your life far easier’


Rachel suggests a good trick for testing when to water the plants.

She said: “A good rule of thumb is to push your finger an inch or so into the soil, if your finger comes out dry then you need to add water.”

Checking the soil is an important job to do before planting begins.

Rachel said: “Once you know what you’re going to be planting, you want to ensure the soil is ready for what’s ahead.

“It’s best to work a good compost into the top eight to 12 inches of soil with a spade or fork, mixing the compost in with the soil already there. 

“It’s worth considering mulch to keep weeds at bay when growing flowers or foliage. 


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