Easy to Implement Garden Tricks and Tips!
Owning a garden is as good for your mind as it is for your body, allowing you to grow plants that will help you live a healthy life. Some people are afraid of getting into gardens, treating them like they need online courses in the craft, when really anybody can get their green thumbs cranking. We decided to pull together the easiest garden tricks and tips just for you to check out.
Recycle eggs to give your garden a calcium boost.
Depending on where you are your soil could be deficient in any number of properties. You can get soil test kits at a local garden store to get a rough read out of your nutrient profile. If you find yourself lacking in calcium we have just the tip for you!
Also, if you have a nice and sturdy blender you can mix in your used egg shells and have them blended down to a fine powdery dust. Now sprinkle this dust atop your soil and you will be giving your garden an instant influx in calcium! However, if you can’t find a soil test kit there are also other signs of calcium deficiency that you can research to keep an eye on. We’ve always felt bad throwing out eggshell after eggshell and this technique gives us a chance to get rid of that poor feeling while not even needing an inventor kit to figure out how.
Recycle an old wooden pallet for a vertical garden.
For those of you who work in retail or a warehouse then you no doubt are familiar with those large, ugly wooden pallets that shipping companies use to move their freight. These pallets typically have a short shelf life and end up recycled or thrown in the garbage rather quickly due to how poorly they are treated. All you need to do is prop the pallet up against the wall with the bottom facing out. Here you’ll see slots from which you can staple on durable cloth fabric. Fill that fabric with peat moss and your potting soil and you now have a hanging garden that is easy to water and surprisingly rustic in decor.
That’s right, you can make your own rainbook garden, how chic! Round up your old rainboots and make your very own unique mounted garden, such as the one pictured below. Be sure to drill 3 to 5 holes in the bottom of the boots for drainage, then spray paint the outside with your choice of color and let it dry. Hammer up the boots from inside, arrange on wall or fence as you please, fill the base with potting soil and pot the plants you want. That’s it!
Why dish out a ton of dough on a bird bath when you can make your own! All you need are three simple things: a plant stand, a water tray from a large planter, and a fern. Simple enough, seriously.
Here’s a thought – why not make a coffee pot terrarium as it’s simple and totally chic! Fill your container with an inch of sand, then scatter river rocks over the sand and place the moss over the rocks in the back and work from back to front. Yup, that’s it. You can also do this with an aquarium, big or small.
Green Onion Trick.
Did you know that you can grow green onions from fresh ones? Buy fresh and new green onions from the store, cut the bottoms off and lay them out to dry. Then you can plant them a few days later and they will sprout.
Wine Bottle Edging.
Once you empty some wine bottles, you can then use them for edging and borders. This will help to make your garden look more attractive and very unique. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Save your heavy fruiting plants with epsom salt.
When you grow plants that fruit heavily, like tomatoes or peppers, you tend to run into a host of nutrient problems. Tomatoes and peppers as well as other heavy flowering plants all tend to suck your soil dry of the available nutrients, leading to limited access to magnesium. Therefore, if you are committed to keeping your plants healthy then reach for a container of epsom salt and mix it into your soil. A tablespoon of epsom salt into the potting soil when you first plant your heavy flowering garden plants should do the trick. Once the plants are grown up and ready to start giving off fruit, add a sprinkle onto the topsoil and water it in.
Use orange peels as seedling starters.
Here’s a total lifesaver if you are tired of using peat moss or little soil pots, reach instead for an orange or lemon! First cut the citrus fruit of your choice in half and then hull out one of the halves (eating it, of course). Then add in a sprinkle of soil and the seedling of your choice. You can directly transplant the citrus seedling into the soil and the fruit will compost over time. This is a great, bio-degradable way to keep your garden going while improving it all the same. Try a variety of different fruits to see how they all respond. Bonus: your seedlings will look adorable.
Create a tiny greenhouse with a recycled soda bottle.
We don’t really condone drinking 2 litre bottles of soda at any point in time, but if you happen to have the containers handy then we have a neat little trick for you. Making a humidity dome is a great way to get your seedlings growing when they are still young. Clean out an empty 2 litre soda bottle and cut it in half. Place the bottom half of the soda bottle over your plants, effectively sealing your plant inside of it. To kick start the growth of humidity all you need to do is spray the insides of the bottle with a little bit of water. Now sit back and watch your Eco friendly greenhouse get to work!
Use your car to quickly dry out herbs.
Ugh, if you have ever grown herbs then you know what it is like to wait forever for them to dry so you can use them in your kitchen. Avoid expensive drying racks and other expensive inventions and instead utilize something you already have: your car! As long as you don’t mind your car smelling like whatever herb you are drying, this is an easy and free way to quickly dry out your herbs. Lay down a sheet of paper in your car, newspaper works best, and then lay out whatever herb you are drying out in a single layer. Roll the windows up, close the doors, and let the herbs dry out. Whenever you go back to your car you are likely to find some herbs dried to perfection.
Get rid of aphids with simple tape.
Aphids are pretty much the most common problem we run into in the summer months with our garden. These little bugs love to get up and under our plants in order to feed off of our hard work. However, this is crucial, if you leave aphids unattended long enough they can do some major damage. Rather than reaching for some toxic soap to spray them away, grab a roll of heavy duty tape. Wrap that tape around your hand with the sticky side out and then gently rub your hands over your plants. Soon you’ll see that your tape is picking up aphids by the handful — literally!
Use coffee filters in your garden containers.
When you keep plants indoors to grow you have to water them pretty consistently. Unfortunately every time you water your plant you will end up losing some of the soil out of the bottom of your container. You can avoid this little problem by first lining the inside of your garden pots with clean coffee filters. The coffee filters will allow you to drain your water without letting the soil escape alongside it.
Make biodegradable planters out of toilet paper rolls.
Don’t waste your hard-earned cash on getting tiny planters ever again and save a couple bucks by making your own biodegradable planters out of toilet paper rolls! It’s a lot of fun and environmentally friendly.
Start a seedling in a lemon rind.
Doesn’t just have to be a lemon, oranges or grapefruit work too! All you need to do is poke a hole in the bottom of the peel for drainage, fill up with potting soil, add two seeds and a bit of water. (FYI, you can also do this in an eggshell).
Gardening without a yard.
Make your very own vertical herb garden using a shoe rack. Quite nifty. This shoe rack garden is perfect for stopping cats from digging or if you don’t have a yard to plant in.
Watering plants for when you’re away.
Don’t you hate having to ask people to water your plants when you’re going away on a trip? Or maybe you’re just forgetful? Well there is a solution for keeping your plants from drying out. Just shove a tightly rolled paper towel into the soil of your plant and then drape the remaining end into a glass of water. That’s it.
No More Rusting.
Now if you store your gardening tools in builders sand, this will help to keep them from rusting. Be sure to fill a terra-cotta pot with builder’s sand (which is sold at any hardware store), then stir in some mineral oil nut just enough to dampen the sand. The mixture will clean the tools and prevent them from corrosion and rust. (If the pot has a hole on the bottom, just cover it up with some duct tape.)
Soak Seeds First.
Be sure to soak your seeds in warm water for 24 hours before you start sowing as this is a great and free way to help you get your plants ready to take root and grow strong.
This will save you loads of time and will create less mess. Swap out plants seasonally, or whenever you want really, by planting them while they are still in their pots. No fuss!
Create your very own garden markers using stones that you found outside, all you need is a few colored sharpies to color the markings. See? Totally easy.
Or Mark With Plastic Forks.
Or you can even use plastic forks that you just have laying around. Better for the environment anyways so you’re killing two birds with one stone.
No More Slugs.
Here is where having leftover beer is going to help your garden! It will kill slugs…. Those pesky buggers are difficult to kill and that’s where beer comes in, does the job for you. You just need to pour a cup and leave it in the garden.