Hacks are everything!
Honestly, these hacks make a lot of things easier and efficient. This is probably one of the few cases where “short cut” turns out well.
In this post you’ll find tips and tricks that will make your gardening easier and more fun. It doesn’t really matter if you are an experienced gardener or if you are just starting out. The point is you will find them useful. These tips are also very inexpensive.
1. Kick out the chemicals with eggshells
There are two ways you can utilize eggshells. The first is by sprinkling crushed eggshells around your plants. They are great providers of calcium and keep snails and slugs away from your plants.
Or, you can simply grow your seedlings in an eggshell where they’ll get a lot more nutrients.
There’s more. In potted plants, they can act as a double barrel gun. The crushed eggshells can be used to block holes in your plant pots and at the same time provide the soil with nutrients as they decompose.
The bonus is that this trick works for all kinds of potted plants!
2. Don’t throw away your toilet paper tubes
Ever wondered if there was something else you could use the toilet paper tubes for? Well we found it! You can use these tubes as starter pots for your seedlings!
There are two advantages to this. The first being they are free, well yes! And the second and really important advantage is that they can be put directly inside the soil with your plants. Reason? The cardboard will bio-degrade into the soil.
3. Get a hanging shoe rack…but not for your shoes
This is completely perfect for a small garden. The key to this is to use small plants with compact growing abilities so they don’t weigh your rack down and affect the other pockets.
All you have to do:
- Hang your shoe rack against the side of a building. Ensure the spot you pick gets sunlight. To prevent the rack from falling down, you can take extra precaution by screwing it down
- The next thing you want to do is poke 3-4 holes in each pocket. These holes serve as your drainage system.
- Fill the pockets with the appropriate soil. You want to make sure you leave some space between the soil and the top of the pocket to give your plants room.
Plant! Take care to plant just one seed or seedling per pocket. You can try lettuce and carrots.
Water your plants each time the soil dries out.
4. Smell the coffee
If you are having problems with pests and you are at your wits end, here’s one more hack for you to try!
Coffee grounds are an excellent way to get rid of pests. All you have to do is sprinkle some around your garden. Some animals as well as bugs don’t like the smell of coffee, so they’ll avoid it once they smell it.
On the plus side, “üsed coffee grounds” can also be used as fertilizer. It adds organic material to the soil which helps drainage. The used coffee grounds are superb for helping plants grow and attract earthworms.
5. Still on pests
This time around, we are looking at animals who just won’t stay away. What you can do is put plastic forks, face up into the soil, make sure they surround your plants.
Creeping animals will have to stay away because there’s no way the will step around the garden without getting their paws poked by the forks.
6. Plant a water bottle beside your plants
Hold on we’ll explain. If your plants dry up quickly and you are unavailable to keep wetting them all the time, there’s something really cool you can do.
Plant a water bottle. To do this you need to:
- Select a bottle size you can plant comfortably
- Poke a bunch of holes in the bottle
- Plant it near your plant.
- Fill up the water bottle from time to time.(You can do this by simply passing a pipe)
The bottle will do all the work for you, slowly releasing water into the soil. This is an amazing way to get water all the way down to the plant roots!
7. Check if seeds are good with wet paper towels
One thing you want to make sure of when you are planting your garden is that you are not wasting your time. One of the surest ways to waste your time is by planting bad seeds. They just won’t grow!
You can use paper towels to determine which seeds are good or bad. Follow these instructions:
- Take a paper towel and run it under water.
- Place 2-3 seeds on the towel depending on the size
- Place the towel and seeds in a warm spot. (Could be the top or back of your fridge.
If you don’t see some sprouts within 2 days, they aren’t good for planting anymore.
8. Don’t throw your broken clay pots away yet
If you are new to gardening and can’t completely recognise all your plants, your broken plant pots could be used as markers to identify them!
That’s all from us. Do you have hacks that make your backyard gardening easier? Do share in the comment box!