Gardening is a beautiful craft that not only relieves stress and keeps you healthy but also brings joy to our days. However, it can also cause us frustration if we do not have the knowledge to care for our plants and maintain our garden efficiently.
You can always do it the hard way AKA the trial and error method, but if you want to save hours of your life, these time-tested gardening hacks will not only improve your gardening strategy but also buy you some time to enjoy the view of your artistry!
1. Easy Lawn Edging Technique
By using any long wood or plank, creating a straight edge on your lawn, garden or flowerbed becomes an easy task. To do this, you should lay the board flat on the ground while holding it beneath your foot.
Once you are satisfied with the board’s placement, thrust a flat spade along the board’s edge and move it as needed to create a perfect outline.
2. Micro Greenhouse
Not every gardener has the facility to grow plants under the roof of a greenhouse. If you are one of those people, don’t be ashamed, there is a solution for you.
When you are having a hard time starting your seeds or growing your plants without a greenhouse, soda bottles will do the job for you.
Recycle some 2 or 4-litre plastic bottles by merely removing the labels and cutting the bottom part. You can then provide your seeds with one micro greenhouse each by covering them with the remaining portion of the bottle.
It will protect your plants from frost, wind, and heavy rains!
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3. Plant Hydration Through Sponge
It can be a significant problem when water settles at the bottom of the pot and rots your plants’ roots. To counter this issue, you can make use of old sponges at home, cut them up and place them at the bottom of the pot before putting soil.
This trick will keep the plants hydrated since sponges retain moisture as well as create necessary air space. They will also prevent water from flushing out of the pot and act as a water reserve!
4. Coffee Paper Filter As Dirt Stopper
Most pots in the market are efficient enough to hold soil and plants properly. However, another conflict comes up when you start watering them, and the dirt simultaneously flows out at the bottom.
The tendency is, you will keep on adding soil on top of the pot and keep cleaning the mess. The solution is simple: re-use coffee filter paper at the bottom of the pot to keep the dirt from flowing out.
This way, you can still avoid waterlogging the plants while preventing soil from leaking.
5. Self-Watering System
Many of us love the art of gardening, but we can’t stay with our plants at all times. There is no need to worry though because there are a lot of self-watering hacks that keep the plants watered while we are on vacation.
One easy and efficient way is the use of rolled up paper towels. Make sure the towels are adequately tied to their ends to prevent them from breaking.
Then, dip the ends of the towel in a glass or bottle of water and lay the remaining part across the soil.
6. Fertilize Plants With Cooking Water
Instead of always using tap water when hydrating your plants, you can take advantage of the nutrients that come with the water used in boiling vegetables.
Once it has cooled down, pour the vegetable water onto your plants to fertilize them instead of putting it to waste.
Aside from this, you can also apply the water used in boiling eggs.
However, do be aware of over fertilizing.
7. Start New Seedlings in Citrus Rind
Citrus rinds are one of the best sacks to start new seedlings because you can plant them in soil with the peel. You can use grapefruit, orange and other citrus skins which are also the right size for new plants.
For drainage, you can create a small hole at the bottom of the rind. Once the seedlings are ready for planting, you can plant the whole works in the ground because the citrus skins will eventually decompose.
Do remember that citrus rinds make the soil acidic so you can only do this gardening hack with acid-loving plants such as radishes, peppers, and the likes.
8. Pot-in-a-Pot Landscape
Sometimes, we get so excited in landscaping our garden that we put small plants wherever we wish without considering if they will look great when they mature. The good thing is there is a smart way of reorganizing your plants in the pot-in-a-pot gardening technique.
Instead of directly burying a pot in the ground, you can place an empty one at ground level. This way, you can transfer the planted pots whenever you want by simply lifting them out.
You can also change out seasonal plants easily and experiment with their colour, type and placement.
9. Using a Plastic Pot in Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants
There is an easy way to preventing unwanted herbs from spreading from your plants’ roots or runners: installing a plastic edge on the ground.
To apply this, you need to cut off the bottom of a plastic pot and retain the borders.
You then bury the plant on the ground with its plastic edges and free your plants from invasive shrubs while also having control over its size.
10. Use Zip Ties to Control Your Climbing Plants
Vines always run up any way they want, but we can also control their directions through various techniques. The most effective trick is by fastening them around their stalks to the path we want using zip ties.
However, you still need to give them proper space for movement and growth by not strapping the vines too tight.
11. Grind Eggshells For Better Calcium Levels
Most of us already know about the nutrients that broken egg shells provide to our plants. However, grinding egg shells into smaller pieces is a better way to do it since it makes it easier for the soil to absorb calcium.
12. Spray or Disperse Cinnamon Powder on Seedlings to Prevent Diseases
The anti-fungal elements in cinnamon prevent diseases from festering your seedlings. Its great smell in your home is also a plus!