Like all things, gardening has its own secrets. If you know them, you’ll be glad that you do. If you don’t, you may one day realize that there are some easier, more efficient and cheaper ways to grow your garden that you weren’t aware of. Here are of awesome garden tips and tricks that will help you realize more beautiful flowers, crops and grass.
In addition to being able to grow your garden better and faster, some of these tips also help you save money along the way.
Unlike other hobbies, you do need to buy things to grow your garden. Besides the seeds, you need soil fertilizer and also a few tools.
Our list below offers some shortcuts that work to help you enjoy a better garden.
1. Use Old Milk or Water Jugs for Watering
Instead of throwing old water jugs or milk containers away, use them as watering cans. The jugs are perfectly shaped and easy to carry around. They also hold a lot of water.
One nice thing about these jugs is that they’re transparent or translucent. This lets you easily see how much water is left so do you get surprised.
I like to poke small holes in the removable plastic caps. This lets you tilt the jug and sprinkle water evenly on your plants.
2. Prevent Invasive Plants from Spreading Using a Plastic Pot
If you like to grow some invasive plants, a good way to do so is to bury them with their pot. This helps keep their roots within the pot. In doing so, you won’t need to worry about these plants messing up its neighbors. This also lets you control them easier. Anytime you want to move them or take them out, you can just pull out the plant.
This is a quick and easy way to protect other plants in your garden from those that don’t like to play nice.
3. Used Eggshells as Compost
If you’re like us, you enjoy eggs during breakfast. Instead of throwing their shells away, why not use them for your garden.
Eggshells contain calcium and a few other nutrients that help plants grow healthier. So, you can place the eggshells right on the soil with plants.
We like to crush the shells to make them easier to breakdown. This lets the soil absorb the nutrients faster.
Do wash the eggshells before placing them on your garden. This gets rid of any possible disease.
4. Keep Animals Away With Plastic Forks
Animals and some smaller creatures use your garden as a place to poop, pee or get their food. One way to keep them away is by placing plastic forks.
Forks that are placed facing up are sharp enough to ward or mischievous animals that can mess up your lawn or garden. The forks serve as fences or protection from this.
So the next time you order take out, don’t throw the fork away after you’re done with the meal.
5. Use Vinegar to keep Pests Away
In addition to animals peeing and pooping in your garden, there are pests that can munch and destroy your plants and crops. One simple and cheap way to keep them away is using vinegar.
Vinegar contains chemicals that keeps unwanted pests from wreaking havoc on your plants. To repel them, mix vinegar with water and put the solution in a spray bottle.
Then, just spray the areas around your garden or the border of plants where pests come.
6. Use Citrus Peel to Give Your Seeds a Growth Boost
If you enjoy oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits, keep their peel after. You can use their peels in your garden. Like most fruits with skins that are not edible, citrus peels contain nutrients that help nourish the soil.
So, you can cut up the peels and add them to the compost. When the break down, they help enrich the soil.
7. Add Peanuts to the Bottom of Pots
For plants that have deep root systems, you can use peanuts to substitute for some of the soil. You can use them for all the soil otherwise your plant won’t have any nutrients to absorb.
Because soil, especially rich soil, can be expensive, you can use peanut as fillers. They cost less than soil and allow water to drain so your plant won’t retain excess moisture.
8. Use Epsom Salt
Epsom salts are another thing you can use to help your garden grow faster. They’re rich in magnesium which is needed by plant life.
One way to supplement their magnesium is to use Epsom salts. Just mix the salt into water so that it will dissolve. Then sprinkle it on your garden. This solution will help seeds germinate and young plants grow.
The best part is, you only need to do it once a month to see results.
9. Use a Rain Barrel to Conserve Water
Rain barrels are a great way to collect water for your garden. If you have a lot of grass, you probably know that they need a lot of water.
So, to conserve water and cut your costs, save rain water by leaving a rain barrel out. This lets you use rain water that would otherwise be wasted.
If you want to save on the cost of a rain barrel, then use a few large unused pails or drums. These will collect water just was well and then just attach your hose to them when it’s time to water your lawn or grass.
10. Fertilize Plants with the Water Used for Boiling Veggies
Besides rain water, you can also use other excess water that you otherwise would throw away. One example is water used for boiling food. Whether it was used for cooking vegetables, pasta or other things, you can use the leftover water for your garden.
Water used for boiling food, especially veggies contain nutrients that they absorb from food. This makes them useful in helping your plants grow.
Do make sure to let the water cool down before using it on your lawn or garden. Giving them a bad shock from boiling or very hot water hurts them.