Hello, my name's Gazelle and I have a "green thumb," or at least I think I do.

If there's one area of homeownership that I enjoy the most, it's the outside area of the property. I swear, I should have been a landscaper since I enjoy working with plants and maintaining the yard.

Right before the quarantine hit the SouthCoast back in March, I had moved into a New Bedford plot that had some shockingly impressive soil packed with nutrients. Obviously someone had a garden there prior to me since the dirt was so rich and perfect for planting.

I had a plan in place and I knew that I wanted to take half of the grading area for vegetables and the other for flowers. Needless to say, it came out pretty darn good.

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However, there was one little trick that I never knew about when it comes to planting veggies, and it just so happens that the secret ingredient needed is coincidentally in most people's yards.

Ready for this? All you need is grass, but more importantly, grass clippings.

It's basically two birds with one stone. Eventually, you have to cut the grass, so simply take the grass clippings and surround the base of the plant with it.

The grass clippings will keep the weeds compressed down and away from your vegetable or fruit plant. Once the grass clippings have decomposed, you can then till the grass into the soil, providing nutrients not only for now but also for future gardening.

Who knew? My plants are looking strong and healthy and even with only three-quarters sunlight, they're still growing quicker than any plants I've gardened before.

I hope this helps the next time you're looking to grow some peppers, pumpkins or even some zucchini.

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