Gardening can be a lot of fun. It can also be a lot of work. What if the amount of work could be reduced and the fun could be increased?
That is the purpose of these proven gardening hacks. Not only can they change your garden for the better, they may even change your perception of gardening.
Here are the ideas you’ll want to think about using.
Here Are the Best Gardening Hacks Invented So Far
#1. Use toilet paper as seed tape.
Instead of purchasing seed tape to plant in your garden, you can make your own for a fraction of the price. Use toilet paper, get it a little wet, then add the seeds you wish to plant. Then allow it to dry. Place it in your garden, then cover with soil. You’ll have seedlings before you know it.
#2. Use milk jugs to protect against frost.
In northerly climates, the early growing season can be somewhat unpredictable. You might get a late frost in April or May in some years. When temperatures begin to decrease, you can protect your growing plants by using milk jugs. You’ll need to completely cover the plant when temperatures drop below freezing for this trick to work, which means cutting the bottom off the jug.
#3. Plant flowers with your vegetables.
The best flower you can plant in your vegetable garden is a marigold. They are able to repel almost all insects, including certain beetles and nematodes. Planting mint will reduce ant populations around your garden. If you’re having problems with squash bugs or aphids, then plant nasturtiums. Certain herbs, such as chives and other alliums, are also very effective at naturally repelling pests.
#4. Create your own compost.
Your produce waste leftovers make for a potential compost that can be used in your garden. You do not want to leave food scraps unsecured outside, however, as you’ll encourage pests to come visit your property. Get a compost pail or bucket that can be secured with a lid for the best results. Then place your food scraps in the container, add some peat moss, sawdust, or mulch, and mix. You’ll have plenty of garden fertilizer sooner than you know.
#5. Use eggshells and lemons to grow your seedlings.
If you have the option, use eggshells filled with dirt to encourage your seedlings to grow. Then sprinkle them with a little lemon juice. These two items will improve the nutrient content of the soil and provide it with some needed acidity at the same time. You don’t want to add too much lemon, however, as this can make the soil too acidic.
If you can’t start the seedlings in eggshells, you can start them in an orange or grapefruit rind, then add eggshells into the soil, to produce similar results.
#6. Plant plastic forks as you plant seeds in your garden.
When you first plant a garden, it feels like the entire world is watching you sometimes. Any area rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, and other wildlife will immediately inspect your garden to see what food options you’ve left them. One way to deter this activity is to plant plastic forks in the garden with your seedlings. It creates less space for movement, which means fewer animal losses.
#7. Grow a garden from your own groceries.
There are some produce items which you can grow from the foods you purchase at the grocery store. Options include onions, celery, and basil. Instead of throwing these items away, try planting them in some water to encourage them to grow again. When a large enough root base has been established, you’ll be able to transplant them into your garden and eventually harvest your own crop.
#8. Keep your instructions.
Many plants come with growing instructions, especially if you purchase them as seedlings. Those instructions tend to fade in the sunlight if you place them in the soil next to the plant. Try punching a hole in the card or stake instead. Then you can keep all your plant-care instructions on a key ring with your gardening tools. That way, you’ll never forget which plants want direct sunlight and which do not.
#9. Use cardboard to create a new garden bed.
It can be pretty expensive to purchase landscaping fabric in large enough quantities to establish a new garden. It is labor-intensive to remove sod. If your budget is tight, then take some leftover cardboard and place it on the ground. Flat cardboard works just like landscaping fabric to prevent weed growth. You can place soil on top of it, then plant your garden. Your soil will even benefit from the carbon found in the cardboard.
#10. Plant roses with potatoes.
If you’re growing roses from cuttings, then you’ll save yourself a lot of time (and thorn pokes) by using potatoes. Take the cutting and insert it directly into a large potato. Then plant the cutting as you normally would. The potato will give the roses the moisture required to begin the root development process.
#11. Collect your rainwater.
If permitted in your community, you can redirect rainwater that comes off your home into a large trash container. You can then use that water to irrigate your garden.
#12. Add baking soda to your soil.
You can sweeten some vegetables by adding baking soda to the soil. It reduces the acidity of the soil, however, so some plants may not grow as effectively. Tomatoes tend to produce better with this gardening hack.
#13. Make your own raised bed.
You can make a raised bed for your garden out of almost anything. If you have 10 concrete blocks, you can make one. Place your blocks down in the shape you desire. Then lay down cardboard in the middle. Once finished, add soil and begin planting. This is a great option for renters who want to garden without making permanent changes to a property.
Are You Ready to Start Gardening This Year?
With gardening hacks like these, you can garden all year long. Plant herbs that grow in your kitchen in the winter, reduce the time it takes to transplant seedlings in spring, and maximize your harvest with ideas like these.
Have you developed any gardening hacks that have produced amazing results from your garden?