Who does not like green plants and colorful flowers in their garden? They not only soothe you but also make your environment fresh.
Gardening is the most relaxing activity to do! Nowadays gardening has taken off in a big way. Along with flower plants, plants of fruits and vegetables are grown by people to eat fresh and save money as the food prices are rising. There are certain tricks to make gardening easy and interesting. Keep reading to know these clever hacks and use them according to your need.
Do you know coffee is not only an energy booster for you but also for your plants? The coffee grounds are waste produced from making of coffee which causes environmental damage. These coffee grounds are sent to landfill where they release methane and carbon dioxide. So, it’s better to use these grounds for the benefits of plants. The coffee grounds can really help plants to grow. The grounds are acidic in nature which work as a natural fertilizer for plants and are especially perfect for blueberry bushes, roses and other evergreens.
You might be thinking how can a coffee filter be used in gardening? Simple, as coffee filters are used for filtering coffee, in the same way, they prevents soil to fall out of your flower pots. Just line up one coffee filter at bottom of your pot and then fill soil in it.
Recycle a milk jug
Throwing away a used plastic milk jug can harm your environment. It should always be recycled or used for some other purpose. So, why not use it for watering your plants? You need to pierce some holes at top of the mug, fill it with water and use it for sprinkling water on plants.
Improve seeds quality
Do you want your plant seeds to grow quickly? Use this fantastic old gardening tip- just soak the seeds for 24 hours in warm water, then plant these seeds in your garden. They will grow up into a healthy plant. Make sure you don’t keep seeds in water for a long time because it can deteriorate their quality.
Avoid dirty fingernails
You might love gardening but washing hands and cleaning them later may piss you off. There is a solution to your problem. To avoid those soil particles filling your fingernails, before gardening you can scrape nails on a soap bar which act as a protection for your nails.
Diaper for your plants
Using diaper in gardening may sound funny but its use can give your plant a major benefit. A diaper is supposed to absorb liquid and it does the same work for the pot. Keep a diaper at bottom of the pot and it will not let the entire water to leak out. It will absorb some of it which will keep the plants more hydrated.
Label plants and deter animals
Your noodles eating fork can also benefit your garden! To keep animals away from your garden you should plant forks tine down in the ground. They will protect and keep your plants safe. Also, you can label your plants’ name on each fork which will keep your garden organized.
A cup of beer
After a full day of work, a glass of chilled beer may rejuvenate you. Have you ever thought if beer can also refresh your plants? Beer can work as a guard for the plants. There are various pests and slugs which can harm your plants. For them, beer is a remedy! You can keep a glass of beer around your plants which will attract all insects and pests to itself.
Re-use packing peanuts
Reusing things can be cheaper and they also do not hamper our environment by its degradation. The plastic peanuts bag can be reused in your garden. You just have to look for drainage of the pot at the bottom and pour soil into it. This pot will also make your plant weigh lighter too.
Use cooking water
The water problem is worldwide. So one should start by saving water at home. The cooking water which you normally throw away can be used to water plants in your garden. Moreover, boiled water used for eggs, noodles or vegetables will add nutrients to soil and roots of plants. The water should be cooled down before sprinkling on plants.
Make tomatoes sweeter
If you love sweet tomatoes and want fresh tomatoes at your home then grow and enjoy them in your garden by using this simple trick. You can plant a tomato plant and add a little amount of baking soda to the soil. It will help to reduce the acidity level of soil and make the tomatoes sweeter.
Nothing is better than natural. If you want to avoid weeds in your garden, say no to the chemical solutions. Make a natural solution at your home- add 1 gallon of white vinegar, 1/4 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap and blend it properly. Store this solution in a bottle and spray as per the requirement.
Recycle toilet paper rolls
Colorful flower plants are the real show stoppers in a garden. They require small planters and buying many of them can be expensive. Here is a way to use toilet paper roll as a planter by cutting out its flap and making into a little box. This will be a cheap and biodegradable planter for your plant.
Fight pests with a pesticide-free spray
There is another way to get rid of pests from your garden. It is a natural spray made of oil and dish soap. Combine 1 cup of cooking oil from a bottle with 1 tablespoon of dish soap and blend every pint of water with 4 teaspoons of oil. Then spray it on your plants which will protect them from spider mites, aphids, and other pests.
Before planting your seeds, you should ensure its quality! You should always plant fresh seeds which grow into a healthy plant. This trick will provide you with a test to check whether seeds can be planted or not. You can also check your older seeds with it. Drop your seeds in a glass of water and if seed sinks to the bottom it’s good and if it is floating, it is of no use.
Check the quality of soil
The foremost step while gardening should be to check the quality of the soil. Again the trick is natural using two household items. To check whether the soil is acidic, make a solution with 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of water and then add 1/2 cup of your soil. If soil fizzes it means it is acidic. It can be good for acid-loving plants. To check the alkaline nature of the soil, test 1/2 cup of soil with 1/2 cup of vinegar. If bubbles are formed, the soil is alkaline in nature and if the soil is neutral it would not react to any solution.
Use pool noodles
Reuse wine corks
Small things can be useful in your gardening and make your garden interesting. You might be casually throwing away the corks from wine bottles but if you are fond of different plants it can be of great use. Corks will help to label different plants and herbs in the garden. Write the name of the plant on a cork, pierce it and hang on the plant.
Add calcium to your garden
If your soil is lacking calcium then add eggshells in the soil which will give a boost of calcium to the plants and will also keep the pests away from your garden.
Create perfect holes
If you want to make perfect holes for planting seeds, a muffin tin is there for you. Press the tin on the ground, it will make several holes which will help you to plant a lot of seeds together.
The heap of coffee grounds can be used for deterring cats. It appears as a huge litter box which will not let cat enter your garden. If not coffee, citrus peels can also be used for the same purpose.