There is hardly anything that can beat the sheer beauty of a garden that's tailor-made to your own taste But what if you don't know how to start? Or you need to buy fertilizers, pesticides, and even new tools, gardening time can quickly become very costly time. What if I told you that there are household items all around you that will perform just as well as many store-bought products but cost a fraction of the price? Yes, from ice cream cones to cinnamon and soap, these incredible gardening hacks will make your time in the garden cheaper, easier, and much more fun!
Do Mix Potatoes and Roses
It may sound strange to suggest planting rose cuttings in a potato, but it actually works exceptionally well. Potatoes contain a substantial amount of water, so the cutting will be moist, increasing the possibility of the rose cutting taking root and flourishing in your garden. Simply make a hole in the center of a potato and insert a stem from a rose bush. Now, dig a hole about four inches deep and drop in your potato package.
Don't skimp on the watering. You need to give your rose-cutting every chance to survive. Your new rose shrub will have established roots in a few weeks.
Ice Cream Cones Are More Than Just Delicious
You'll need seedlings no matter how big or small your garden is, and they grow best in biodegradable containers. Ice cream cones with flat bottoms are affordable and are the perfect biodegradable container. Simply place the seeds in the bottom of an ice cream cone and half-fill it with good-quality soil. Place the cones in the ground or flower bed, cover them, and water lightly. The seedlings should come up within a few days.
This hack is cheap and cheerful, and it makes planting seedlings easy. Ice cream cones are easily available, and if you have any leftover, celebrate your success with ice cream!
Cinnamon Is a Natural Fungicide
Damping-off disease is a curse for early-season gardeners everywhere. Cinnamon's antifungal properties help most plants because it stops fungal infections from worsening. Cinnamon can be used as a fungicide to mature plants or seedlings after germinating. Blend two or three teaspoons of cinnamon with some water and leave it for the night. Fill a spray bottle with the solution, shake well, and spray the stems, leaves, and other affected parts of the plant.
If your fungus problem is out of control, try mixing enough solution to spray the soil and plants. Cinnamon's antifungal properties stop the spread of rotting spores.
Mice Hate the Smell of This
When mice are uninvited visitors to your home or garden, they can be a real nuisance and possibly even a health risk. But have you ever heard about Irish Spring Soap? Yes, Irish Spring Soap could be the simple solution to your rodent problem. Believe it or not, mice are particularly sensitive to smell, especially strong soapy perfume smells. So thanks to Irish Spring Soap's particularly strong aroma, it won't be long before your rodents run for the hills!
Cut Irish Spring Soap bars into cubes and spread them in problem areas. And don't forget, the more soap you have, the stronger the smell.
Super Simple DIY Miniature Greenhouse
When you get a salad for lunch at a salad bar, keep the plastic clamshell container and convert it into a miniature greenhouse for seeds to grow in the spring. Make a few pinholes in the lid and fill the bottom with potting soil. Sprinkle seeds over the soil as directed on the seed package and plant them. Once you've given the seeds a few drops of water, close the container, and place it in direct sunlight.
The transparent plastic container functions like a miniature greenhouse, giving the seedlings everything they need to flourish. Then just sit back and watch the magic happen!
Slugs Love Beer Even More Than We Do!
Have you ever discovered tiny holes with irregular, smooth sides in the leaves of your garden vegetables or plants? Is there also a silvery-white, slimy mucus streak? Then, it seems that you have a slug infestation! Beer traps are a risk-free method for luring and eliminating slugs. Because they're drawn to the enticing, sweet aroma, they will drown after falling into a trap or die from the ethanol in the alcohol.
A shallow dish of beer in close range to the plants and veggies will attract the slugs, and when they investigate the sweet sauce, they will meet their demise.
Epsom Salt Is Fabulous Fertilizer
While Epsom salt has many uses in the home, its true calling is in the garden. Epsom salt is every bit as good as commercial fertilizers. It provides magnesium, which promotes the growth of seeds, chlorophyll formation, and the uptake of essential nutrients. Once a month, add two tablespoons of Epsom salt to one gallon of water and water your plants. You should also use it as a spray for the leaves.
Misting the leaves gives the plant a significant boost in growth stimulation. This is extremely effective when applied to roses and veggies. Give it a try today!
Smoker or Miniature Barbeque on a Budget!
Terracotta pots are ideal for creating DIY smokers or miniature barbeques. Do you want to grill a steak or smoke pork chops but can't afford a barrel-shaped ceramic smoker? Here's a cheap and cheerful solution you wish you had heard about sooner. It's low-priced, simple to create, and pleasing to the eye. Terracotta pots are made of ideal material and are the ideal shape for making a meat smoker or a miniature barbeque.
All that's required is a small grill. Place it on top of the pot, with charcoal smoldering at the bottom. Hey Presto! You have yourself a small grill.
Lemongrass, a Solution for Mosquitoes
Whether relaxing in the garden, beside the pool or having a barbeque with friends, Summer's long, pleasant days are made to be enjoyed. But mosquitoes can turn a fantastic event into a fiasco. Luckily, lemongrass is a solution to your garden's mosquito problem. Its strong lemon aroma has been shown to repel mosquitoes. In a single growing season, lemongrass may reach a height of 2–4 feet and a width of 2–3 feet.
Not only will you be able to add an attractive new plant to your garden, but you will also have a natural defense against mosquitoes.
Advantages of Owning a Heavy-Duty Tarp
A strong tarp is essential for every landscaping project you undertake. When working in the yard, it is an excellent tool for efficiently and safely removing debris such as leaves, weeds, soil, and small stones. Simply toss rubbish on it as work continues and move on as work advances. You can also use it to cover the bed of your truck or the trunk of your car when transporting the bits and pieces.
Just bear in mind that the grass will die if you leave the tarp out on the grass for an extended amount of time. Fold it up and pack it away.
Don't Throw Away Toilet Paper Tubes
Save the tubes from your toilet paper and paper towels to use as a simple and environmentally friendly method for starting seeds. After cutting the tubes to lengths of 2 inches, place them on a tray. After stuffing the tubes with potting soil, sprinkle and plant your seeds. When the young plants are mature enough to be transplanted into the garden, leave them in the cardboard tubes they were growing in. The cardboard will eventually decompose.
Be sure to bury the tube at least a few centimeters below the soil's surface so that it does not draw moisture from the plant's roots.
Protect Your Tools With Mineral Oil and Sand
With this tip, your garden tools will always be pristine and organized. Get some clean sand and place it in a long narrow plastic plant pot. By sticking your shovels or pitchforks into the sand, you will keep them upright and within easy reach. Finish the day by giving the tools a short coat of mineral oil before returning them to the sand. The mix of sand and mineral oil will keep your tools clean.
Stop wasting time! This simple solution eliminates the hassle of scouring the garden for tools and then cleaning them to remove hardened soil and dirt.
Eggshells for Healthy Soil
Do you love eggs? Well, it turns out that the calcium in eggshells is highly beneficial to your garden. Unfortunately, it takes a while for eggshells to decompose. Suppose you place them unbroken in the compost pile. In that case, the eggshells will remain intact even after the other materials have broken down. But by putting the eggshells in a blender with water, you will have eggshells that are instantly ready to be added to your soil.
The consistent addition of eggshells to your garden soil will lead to an improvement in the soil's overall health over time. Your plants will love you for it!
Weeds are every gardener's worst nightmare, and it can be tiring, backbreaking, and frustrating work to pull them out. But have you got some vinegar handy? A vinegar bath will get rid of weeds in your garden without hurting the ecosystem around it. Simply mix four parts vinegar with one part water and shake well. Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle or other container and shake it up!
Spray those pesky weeds a few times over a day or two and watch them wilt before your very eyes. But be careful not to spray your plants and flowers.
It Turns Out, Everyone Loves Coca-Cola!
When Coca-Cola came up with the formula for its signature beverage, I wonder if they knew it would make azaleas grow like crazy! Using Coca-Cola as part of your azalea care routine will ensure you have the healthiest, most beautiful plants possible. Simply pour four ounces of cola straight into the ground around your plants, and then wait to see what happens. You won't believe how quickly your azaleas expand!
The sugar in Coca-Cola is what draws the bacteria that are necessary to get the process going. Coca-Cola simply makes the composting process go faster.
Plant Labels From Recycled Chopsticks
There are a lot of positive aspects that come along with using plant labels as a gardening tool. When I make the labels, I always include the name of the plant, the type, and the date that it was planted. Save your lollipop sticks or chopsticks for when you need to label plants, vegetables, and fruits in the garden. You can use them to cheaply create plant labels after a good washing.
This environmentally friendly solution is a wonderful way to recycle items from your home that would otherwise end up in the trash. Every little bit counts!
Aluminum Foil Will Keep Insects Away
Do you have a lot of crawling insects in your vegetable garden who want to eat your crops before you do? Placing a tin foil collar around vegetables like squash or pumpkin will keep all those pesky insects at bay. Many creeping insects avoid contact with metal, and the sharp edges of aluminum foil only help in this regard. It creates a barrier between the insect and your fruit and veg.
If you use an aluminum foil collar on squash or pumpkin, the pests cannot reach the base of the stem, where they would typically burrow.
Make Your Own Organic Fertilizer (Easy)
The purpose of gardening hacks is to make gardening more rewarding and less difficult. One useful piece of advice is to create homemade fertilizer out of the food scraps that you gather in your kitchen. Banana peels, vegetable peels, eggshells, and coffee grounds are some examples of materials that could make great compost. Give your plants a boost by generating your own compost, made entirely of organic materials from your table.
You should put these leftovers in a blender or chop them up, and then sprinkle the pieces underneath plants that need more growth support. It will work great!
A Quick DIY Method for Tool Storage
More and more people are drawn to DIY and sustainable methods for their gardens, and shipping pallets are often used because they're cheap and easy to get. One example of a clever gardening tip that is both environmentally friendly and attractive is to store gardening tools like shovels and spades in wooden pallets. It won't take long to make such a stand, and it will do wonders for keeping your gardening tools together.
This eye-catching, simple-to-use rack will help the environment through recycling and will look great. Simply secure a pallet to the wall of your shed and paint it white.
Plant Fertilizer From Grass Clippings
Potassium and nitrogen are two things that plants need, and fresh grass clippings are a great source of both. After trimming your lawn, do not dispose of grass clippings in a trash bag or compost pile. Instead, gather them, fill the container two-thirds full with them, and then fill it with water. This mixture should be left to soak for three days while being stirred regularly. Nettles make a wonderful addition to it as well.
Use the solution when your plants need a boost, but don't feed it to them more than once every two weeks; too many vitamins can also be harmful.
Bees and Butterflies Get Thirsty Too!
It's a wonderful idea to create a watering station for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Butterflies and bees can fly but can't swim, so providing a safe landing spot is important. Fill a shallow, wide container with rocks or colored pebbles like those sold at craft stores, or use nice little rocks from your yard. Only fill the container about halfway with water, as you don't want your pollinator friends to drown.
It is important to ensure that stones are exposed above the water line. While the bugs drink, the rocks will provide a convenient place to land.
Don't Discard Tin Cans!
Do you know how many tin cans we throw out every year? These DIY tin can lanterns are incredibly simple to create, and they're an excellent recycling project if you have a lot of used tin cans. Carefully create a pattern of holes in the tin can using an awl. Tea lights placed inside the lanterns cast a warm glow through the delicate patterns, making them a beautiful indoor and outdoor accent.
Be creative! Simple tin cans can be transformed into lovely lanterns in any design you can imagine. And why not paint them for an extra special atmosphere?
Water Your Plants in the Morning
In warm climates, plants benefit most from being watered first thing in the morning. When the sun is not directly overhead, the soil will retain more water rather than lose it to evaporation. Watering the plants in the morning also means the water will help the roots produce nutrients. The plants will be prepared for photosynthesis throughout the day with the sun's participation. Hydrated plants will react best to the sun.
Another piece of advice is to water slowly and gently, allowing the water to permeate the soil and provide the plants with the nutrients they need.
Pruning Actually Encourages Plants to Grow
Some people find this hack hard to grasp, but pruning trees, shrubs, and bushes actually helps them grow faster. Trimming is especially helpful with young scrubs since it permits additional sunlight to reach the crown. Pruning encourages new shoot growth but discourages the development of blooms and fruit. If you prune your scrubs regularly, they will respond by sending out new shoots, filling out their form, and producing additional leaves.
If you want to prune your plant in a way that promotes healthy growth, you should research the best practices for the species you're working with.
Banana Peel Fertilizer
There is no doubt that good fertilizer can make plants strong, healthy, and beautiful to look at. While high-quality fertilizer can be pricey, you can produce your own garden nutrients for next to nothing. Banana peels are all you need! The potassium found in bananas is important for plant growth because it aids in fruit and flower development. Banana peels can be reused by shredding them into pieces and burying them in the soil around your plants.
Another fantastic application for banana peels is to soak them in water for about two days, then use the resulting solution to water your plants.
Hydration Hack: A DIY Bottle Irrigation System for Your Garden
Cultivating a lush and beautiful garden does not need to come with high tech sprinkler systems or constant manual watering. One simple solution is a DIY bottle irrigation system - a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly alternative. Start by piercing some holes in a water bottle, and bury it adjacent to your plants. Filling the bottle with water ensures a slow, consistent supply, mimicking nature's gradual hydration process while conserving precious resources.
Besides its practicality, this DIY irrigation system contributes to responsible water usage. It minimizes water waste through targeted, controlled release directly to the root zone, promoting healthier, well-hydrated plants without excess water consumption.
Weed Out the Unwanted: Newspapers, Your Green Thumb's Ally
Managing pesky, irritating weeds in your garden can be a challenge, but your daily newspaper can be a surprising ally. Lay multiple layers of newspapers around your plants, thoroughly moisten them, and you've created an effective weed suppressing barrier. As the newspaper decomposes over time, it contributes to the soil's organic matter, improving soil structure and fertility, and ultimately enhancing the health and vitality of your beloved garden plants.
This innovative approach not only aids in battling weeds, but also promotes eco-conscious practices. By repurposing old newspapers, you embrace sustainable gardening, enriching your soil while fostering a healthier planet.
Fork Off Pests
Encountering small animals causing trouble in your garden can be frustrating, but help can come from an unexpected tool: plastic forks. By strategically sticking these utensils into the ground around your plants, with tines pointed upward, you create a defensive barrier that deters these unwelcome visitors. This simple, innovative tactic protects your cherished plants from harm, allowing them to grow and thrive in a safer environment, undisturbed by pesky intruders.
Remarkably, this method steers clear of harmful chemicals or complicated traps. It's an economical, user-friendly solution, showcasing that effective pest management can indeed be realized through inventive, non-traditional strategies.
Aspirin and Plants: A Unique Formula for Enhanced Vitality
The everyday aspirin tablet, a staple in human medicine cabinets, holds unexpected benefits for your garden. By dissolving an aspirin in water and using this mixture to hydrate your plants, you introduce salicylic acid into their environment. This compound bears a striking resemblance to a hormone that plants produce naturally, playing a crucial role in disease resistance. This technique can lead to hardier plants, less susceptible to various ailments, contributing to a more vibrant and robust garden.
This method serves as a testament to the potential of common items in gardening. Through the use of aspirin-infused water, you embrace a novel approach to bolstering plant health and resilience.
Yogurt, A Secret Recipe for Vintage Terracotta Pots
A quick trip to your fridge and garden could be the key to giving your new terracotta pots an appealing vintage look. By creating a mixture of plain yogurt and some moss from your garden, then rubbing it onto your pots, you instigate a natural process of weathering. Over time, lichen will start to grow on the surface, lending your pots an authentically aged appearance that adds charm to any garden.
This ingenious hack showcases how everyday items can be repurposed to enhance our gardening experience. It's a testament to the creativity that can be employed in gardening aesthetics.
Coffee and Tea: Nature’s PH Modifiers for Thriving Acid-Loving Plants
A successful gardener must navigate the preferences of each plant, including the often overlooked factor of soil pH. Certain plants, such as azaleas and blueberries, thrive in more acidic soils. Don't discard your leftover morning coffee or tea; instead, introduce these beverages to your garden. The inherent acidity of these liquids can subtly increase the soil's acidity, creating the optimal conditions for these specific plants to grow, thrive, and bloom in abundance.
This approach exemplifies how common household items can play a significant role in effective gardening. It's an innovative, sustainable method that can significantly enhance the health of acid-loving plants.