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5 Gardening Tips I Learned From My Grandmother

Sometimes, there's no other way to go but the old-school route

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My grandmother is a bit of a green thumb. She always likes to say, "Gardening is my favorite chore. Kahit na mapagod ako, it feels very rewarding 'pag nakikita mong namumulaklak sila." Her garden is her sanctuary and she doesn't take shortcuts when it comes to giving it well-deserved TLC. I think the plants can feel it, too—you'll never find one wilted leaf or bud in our backyard.

To help out fellow gardening enthusiasts out there, I've made a comprehensive list of her best advice for maintaning a thriving patch of land. Check them out below:

1. Let the plants do their own thing.


Do you know how some gardeners get carried away with watering and pruning plants? Sometimes, it's better to let them grow at their own pace and just help it along by making sure it gets enough sun and water. Remember that different plants have different needs. Be guided by tip number 2 to get the best results.

2. Do your research.

It's important to know the type of care each plant needs. For example, watering a plant that should be fed once a week on the daily can do more harm than good. Make sure you know what to do for each green wonder in your garden by doing your research—check the information online or don't hesitate to ask gardeners in your local plant shop about it.

3. Talk to your plants.


This may sound silly, but it really works! As she waters the plants every morning, she likes to talk to them by saying "Oh, alagang alaga kayo ha. Ibalik niyo ang favor with lots of flowers." True enough, there'd be countless gumamelas in our yard the next day.

4. Don't lose heart when some of your plants die.

Even the best gardeners can kill a precious potted marvel. If one dies, try again. My Lola regularly goes to the local plant shop to buy more plants or replacements for her unsuccessful pruned plants. She never stops—she just keeps planting, watering, and repotting her greens.

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5. Do it yourself.


We're fortunate to have househelp, but my Lola still likes to work on the garden herself. She says, "If you want things done right, do it yourself." She believes gardening has therapeutic benefits when you do it on your own, too.

How about you? Do you have gardening tips you'd love to share? Message us on Facebook!

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