Whether you’re someone who has a green thumb or not, when it comes to gardening, you can always learn more. Everything is much easier if you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve. So you can utilize these useful gardening tricks and make your garden the very best that it can be!
You’re going to be surprised at how just a few simple household items or ingredients can be used to solve a difficult problem. Or how to make a problem that you didn’t even know you had, go away completely.
Now, the next time the sun’s out and you have some friends over, you can just invite them to spend time in the garden, to enjoy your hard work and the beautiful weather. With these tricks, you’ll have a green lawn and a beautiful garden in practically no time at all.
10 No-Stick Shovel
If you find that you often have very muddy soil, or if you happened to be dealing with some wet snow, then you’ll know the trouble of dirtying up your shovel and the subsequent pain of having to clean off the entire shovel in order to get the job done. Well, with this trick, you won’t have to worry about sticky things on your shovel anymore. All you have to do is spray your shovel with either some non-stick cooking spray or with some spray lubricant.
9 Lighter Pots
With this trick, you’ll be able to make all of your planting pots a lot lighter, as well as greatly improve drainage. All you need to do is put a bunch of foam packing peanuts inside the bottom of the pot before you put in the plant. These peanuts will never compact under all the soil, your pot will be a lot easier to move the next time you decide to move it, and all of the excess water is going to drain through the peanuts. Plus, there won’t be any water at the bottom of your pot anymore!
8 Clean Roses
No matter where you live, there is one very simple rule that you’ll need to follow if you want to grow some roses. While pruning is crucial for all types of plants, when it comes to roses it’s especially important. But you should remember that with roses, you’ll need to do this to keep the center of the flower open. This way, all of the sunlight will have no problem getting to the flower, and you’ll prevent it from forming any black spots or blemishes.
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7 DIY Watering Jug
If you’re into recycling and repurposing the items that you have around your home, then you’re going to love this trick. If you have an empty plastic milk container, you can easily turn it into a DIY watering jug for your garden. All you need to do is clean out the container, take the lid and poke a bunch of holes through it with a thumbtack. Then, you can fill up your new watering jug with water, close it up with the modified cap, and water your plants!
6 DIY Fertilizer
There’s plenty of different ways in which you can make your own fertilizer for the garden. You can go for the classic way of using all of the food scraps that you collect through the week, and then leave them to decompose for a while until they turn into fertilizer. Or you can make something even better, using those same old food scraps. All you need to do is also add any egg shells, used up coffee grounds and even the leftover cooking water, and your plants are going to pop!
5 Free Pineapple
We’re not here to discuss whether pineapples go on pizza or not. We’re here to tell you that you can grow your own pineapple out of the one you bought last week at the store! All you need to do is slice off the crown of the pineapple (the top part) and remove some of the bottom leaves. Allow the entire thing to dry, and then you can plant it. It’s going to take up to three months for it to root, so be patient, and make sure that you repot it when necessary.
4 Help Your New Plants
One of the difficult things that comes with buying potted plants is the fact that their roots are bound. What that means is that as the plant is growing in its pot, the roots of the plant have no room to move around outside of the pot. That means they’ll start forming very tight circles inside the pot. But the problem with having such roots is that they can easily prevent water from traveling up the plant. You can fix this by either guiding the roots with your fingers or making some vertical cuts in them.
3 Mobile Potting
If you keep getting tired after planting or after gardening, then this is a great solution for that. All you’ll need is a wheelbarrow and a piece of plywood. Then, you’re going to attach that plywood to the back of the wheelbarrow, near the handles, and put whatever you need when you’re gardening on it. This is going to be like a shelf, while the wheelbarrow itself is going to be where you store the soil. Now you can move around and pot your plants to your heart’s content!
2 Self-Watering Plants
No matter how much you love gardening and keeping your green thumb alive, there are going to be times in your life when you just don’t have the time to do it. For this, you’ll need to cut up your glass bottles, take a square of a screen and attach a wick to it. Put it through the top part of the bottle, flip it and put the plant and soil over the screen. Put water in the other part of the bottle, and leave the plant right side up in it.
1 Clean Pots
If you want to keep all of your pots clean, or if you just got some new pots and you don’t want to ruin them with dirt immediately, then this trick is for you. For this, all you’ll need is some coffee filters. Make sure that they are big enough to cover the base of the pot itself, otherwise, it won’t work. Then, you can just stick the coffee filter in each pot, and put the soil and the plant on top of it. This is going to keep your pots as good as new.
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