Gardening is more than just a sport, it is a lifestyle – one that helps you relax and unwind, while connecting with the nature that surrounds you, at the same time. Personally, I find myself at peace whenever I plant roses or prune the trees in my backyard, it is a type of calmness and serenity that I never experienced before. Besides, there is nothing more refreshing than watching the flowers you care so much about, growing right in front of your eyes!
Here are 58 cost-effective gardening tips and tricks to make your green thumb greener from preventing dirt from getting under your fingernails to drying herbs and finding practical uses for discarded coffee and tea grounds.
1. Growing plants with magnets
Any gardener or farmer desires consistently bigger and better plants with higher yields. The seeking of these traits has scientists testing, theorizing and hybridizing plants in an effort to achieve the optimum growth. One of these theories regards magnetism and plant growth.
The evidence indicates that the earth’s magnetic pull influences seed germination by acting as an auxin or plant hormone. The magnetic field also assists in ripening of such plants as tomatoes. Plants have special proteins inside there cells called cryptochromes, that react to magnets and electricity. This metabolism helps with growth rate, germination rate, accelerating the vegetative growth of seedlings, which also improves the mineral content of seeds and fruits.
2. Water your tomatoes the right way
Tomatoes can be tough to grow in dry climates, and watering them with an overhead sprinkler isn’t always best for their leaves. The solution? Believe it or not, all you really need is a garbage can with a few holes drilled in it and a couple shovels full of compost. Check out pictures and the method here, and try it out for yourself. Those tomato plants look awesome. Great results!
3. Turn plastic bottles into self-watering seed starters
I have talked about how you can use old plastic soda bottles to water plants, but did you know you can also turn them into seed starters which water themselves? This is a cool project which teaches some science principles, so it is perfect to do with your kids. You cut the plastic bottles in half, and then put the top half upside down inside the bottom half. Moisture condenses in the bottom chamber. You direct a piece of yarn through a hole you punch in the bottle cap, which draws the moisture upwards. This is a fun way to start a gardening project indoors.
4. Easy watering hack with wine bottles
Looking for an easy way to water your garden and keep the soil moist during those hot months when water evaporates the moment it touches the planter? Here’s a quick and easy hack. Simple grab an empty wine bottle or beer bottle, fill it up with water, flip it upside down, and then quickly jam it down inside the planter. The water will slowly transfer from the bottle to the soil; it could save you days of watering.
5. Make molded concrete planters
Remember the concrete block raised garden from earlier? Here is another similar idea, only this time, you are starting from scratch! That’s right, no concrete blocks, just concrete. This is an immensely cool and creative project where you create the concrete planters from scratch using plastic containers as molds. The finished results look just awesome! I actually love the fact that they’re a little rough around the edges. They look almost like something you’d find at an archaeological dig a thousand years in the future.
6. Homemade garden stones
At the garden shop, you have probably seen cute painted river rocks with sayings on them. What’s even better? Garden stones you paint yourself. You just need some flattened river rocks and some paint and markers. What’s great about this idea is that you can write anything on them, including the names of things you have planted. This is great if you still are not used to identifying plants at a glance—or if they have not sprouted yet and you are not sure what is where.
7. Start rose cuttings in a potato
Potatoes can also help you have a very beautiful garden. In fact, they can help you grow a variety of plants or flowers very easily! First, you’ll need to drill a hole in your potato. To do this, you can use a nail of considerable size.
Next, cut one inch off the stem of the plant you want to grow, then place it in the hole before you plant your potato. Whether you want some rose bushes, but find them too expensive, or you’re dreaming about various herbs instead, this tip is very effective and will save you a lot of money!
8. Plant a seedling in a citrus rind
This method for planting was discovered by the author of My Roman Apartment. The blog owner had vowed to buy nothing new for one calendar year, but then ended up stumped over where to plant a new seedling. As it turns out, you can successfully grow a seedling in a hollowed-out citrus rind with some potting soil in it. It is a good idea though to throw away the peel in your compost heap when you are ready to plant the seedling in the ground, rather than plant the citrus peel too. Why? You do not want too much acidity leeching into the soil.
9. Repurpose your broken pots into plant markers
Like the river rocks from before, this is another idea for marking the locations of your plants. It’s a cute idea for making good use of materials which would otherwise go to waste. Plus, it is sad when a faithful pot breaks, and this way you get to keep it as part of your garden. The only caution I would add to this one is that the broken edges are sharp, and this is probably not something you want in your garden if you have kids running around.
10. Build a strawberry tower
If you want to grow a lot of delicious juicy strawberries and conserve space in the process, the strawberry tower is a great way to do it. What’s really exciting about this setup though is the fact that it allows you to drip water gradually through the whole tower. There’s a water bottle in the top pot (just like the one you read about before). The water drips down through the top pot to all the ones below.
11. Make cute garden critters out of recycled materials
On this page, you will find a bunch of exciting projects for making adorable garden critters, all out of recycled materials! I just love that hedgehog. Amazing that he is made of nothing more than a plastic bottle with some twine and a couple cute little eyes—and he doubles as a planter, with the plants standing in for his fur! It’s hard to believe that rooster started out as a plastic bottle, or that those butterflies started out as the same—just another type of bottle. There is no way I could say which of these projects is the cutest! They are all just incredible!
12. Build a trellis out of PVC pipes
Have you ever wanted to add a trellis to your yard? One surprisingly easy design uses PVC pipes linked together. Just check out these beautiful photos. This trellis is being used to grow cucumbers, but you could grow any number of things on it. It looks and works great.
13. Propagate succulents from leaves
Succulents are among the plants which can sprout from their own leaves. So if you have succulents in your home, you can actually grow new ones using leaf clippings from the ones you already own. Succulents & Sunshine will teach you step-by-step instructions. What a great way to grow your desert garden.
14. Grow Tomato Plants From Sliced Tomato
Growing tomatoes is very common. It is indeed a very popular and versatile food. Moreover, tomatoes are very easy to grow, and you don’t even have to go out and buy a plant from which to start your harvest!
Take a tomato and cut it into thin slices. Place the slices on potting soil that you have previously placed in a pot. Cover the slices with more potting soil and water. It will only take a week or two before you have seedlings to transplant into your garden!
15. Epsom Salt
While fertilizer is an essential part of keeping your plants healthy, you might not know that Epsom salt acts as an incredibly effective fertilizer for your shrubs. Epsom salt contains magnesium, which allows your seeds to germinate and helps your plants absorb vital nutrients they need to stay alive. It’s cheap, easy-to-use, and it will keep your plants healthy and your garden filled with greenery.
Use roughly two teaspoons of Epsom salt mixed with one gallon of water per month. Pour the mixture onto the base of your plants, then sit back and watch them grow!
16. Beautify your planters
Have some old planters which are still useful, but not a whole lot of fun to look at? This project from The Sweet Escape is a fun, quick, and easy way to transform your planters into something beautiful. Instead of just spray painting them with solid colors (still, not a bad idea on its own), this project allows you to apply simple patterns and more than one color to each planter. The final result is stunning. The metallic paint adds some real sparkle and shine.
17. Fill Your Soil With Plastic Forks
Even animals that have no interest in eating your plants can tromp through your garden and ruin all your hard work. If you want to keep every critter out of your space, plastic forks might be your saving grace. With the pointy end up, stick forks intermittently throughout your soil.
By leaving little room for animals to walk, you’ll effectively keep them out of your garden. Plus, the forks won’t cause any damage to your plants.
18. Turn a pallet into a planter
Pallets are amazing things. You can use them all over your house or yard for a hundred purposes. One way you can repurpose them which is both beautiful and useful is to turn them into planters in your garden! This is a very easy project, and it’s delightfully cheap. Another great thing about it is that it is great for conserving space. The vertical design makes it perfect for any location. Even if you have a very small yard or patio area where you can garden, you can grow a large number of plants this way.
19. Use broken pots to create amazing fairy gardens
You know those little fairy houses you can buy to put in your garden? If you want to create an amazing fairy garden in a pot, just start with a broken one.
On this link, you will see exactly how to do it. You just break off a large piece of the side, add some soil to the broken pot, place the piece inside at a slight angle, and then fill in and add some small chips of ceramic (say, from the same pot, or another) to form stairs. Then just add plants and fairy houses and whatever you’d like to your heart’s content. There are tons of incredible examples of what you could do on that page! As you will see, there are many variations on this theme. The idea is just to create a set of terraces and turn them into something magical.
20. Keep Your Garden Healthy
If you have cornstach in your kitchen cabinet, you should consider using it in your garden. Indeed, its uses in your garden are even more varied than in your kitchen!
You can sprinkle a little cornstach on the leaves of your plants to keep the worms away, but you can also dip the seeds of your future corn, tomato or bean plants so that the seeds sprout more quickly. Cornstach will also improve the sandy coastal soil, reduce the need to water your plants, control Nitrogen pollution and repel ants.
Chances are you have powdered cinnamon in your home, and if you do, you may find it much more useful than just adding a pleasant taste to some of your dishes. Indeed, it has a number of different benefits for your garden!
First of all, if your garden is prey to ants, know that cinnamon is an excellent deterrent. Sprinkle some around your garden and ants won’t be a problem anymore. Cinnamon is also a perfect rooting agent, so if you apply a small amount on the stem when you plant your cutting, their growth will be greatly optimized.
22. DIY Weed Killer
Keeping the weeds at bay is an essential part of caring for your garden. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get rid of those unwanted plants, you’re probably turning to weed killer.
While store-bought weed killer is effective, it’s also filled with harsh chemicals that may damage your garden, rather than help it. Plus, the cost of weed killer can add up over time. To eliminate those problems, make your own weed killer at home using natural ingredients. Simply mix up a little dish soap, vinegar and salt, pop it into a spray bottle, and watch those weeds disappear.
23. Use Newspaper
While weed killer can rid your garden of weeds after they pop up, a little newspaper might keep the weeds from ever appearing in the first place.
As you’re planting your garden, layer the soil with a few pieces of newspaper. Newspaper still allows moisture to reach the roots of your plants, but it also creates a barrier that keeps weeds from rearing their ugly heads. The weeds will be unable to establish themselves in the soil, but your plants will flourish.
24. Bury An Egg In The Soil
Burying an egg in a planter with potting soil sounds kind of weird. We can hear the jokesters among you saying “will a chicken grow out of it?”. Of course, this isn’t the case, but it does have a different great benefit.
Put a bit of potting soil into a planter and place the egg on top. Add more potting soil, thus burying the egg, and also plant seeds of a plant of your choice like you normally would. After a while, the egg will start to compost and it will function as a natural fertiliser. Do make sure the egg you bury is raw and not boiled.
25. Bury Pennies Around Your Plant
No, we’re not suggesting that money will grow on trees, but if you plant pennies in your garden, then your tomatoes will certainly be richer. We want to use genuine copper pennies because copper can help fight tomato blight. In fact, copper is a main ingredient in most commercial fungicides. If you bury a copper coin in your garden (about 4 to 5 inches deep), the copper will slowly seep into the soil and destroy fungal spores without harming your plants.
Not only do pennies help out in the veggie patch, but they're also great for indoor plants for the very same reason. And, by adding one or two to a vase of water, they can even increase the lifespan of freshly cut flowers by deterring plant-rotting bacteria.
26. Liquid Soap
Often one of the biggest problems in a garden is weeds. They grow in time to tell, and it’s often a huge task to pull them out. Prevention is better than cure, they say!
A simple and effective way to get rid of weeds is to prepare a mixture of 5 tablespoons of dish soap and 4 cups of water that you will spray on problematic areas. This will get rid of the weeds, rest assured!
27. Kill the Slugs
Weeds aren’t the only things that might torment your garden. Hungry slugs can also slither through your greenery, ruining your plants for good. With a little beer, however, you can take care of your slug problem for good.
Simply put a dish of beer into your garden, near the area where you most often see slugs. The slugs will be drawn to the beer and the liquid will kill them, leaving your garden slug-free.
28. Pot in a pot
When you start planting your garden, it’s incredibly difficult to imagine the finished product. While taking care of your plants is your first priority, you also want your garden to have an aesthetic appeal. It’s incredibly disappointing when your plants mature and ruin the image you had in your mind of your lovely garden.
To fix this problem, you can plan ahead before you even start planting. When placing your plants, bury them at ground level in two pots. As your plants grow, you can easily lift out the top pot and rearrange your garden. You can change out seasonal plants and mix up colors and placements at will, all the while keeping your precious greenery alive.
29. Fight Blight With Pennies
Unfortunately, in a garden, your various plants can become infected with blight, a series of cryptogamic diseases. Obviously, this is not very good for your crop, but it could be quite simple to counteract this problem.
If you encounter this problem in your garden, take some money out of your pockets. First, prune and tie up your tomatoes. Next, make a cut in the stem, then insert your penny so that it goes in tightly to make sure it doesn’t fall out. The copper in the penny will help your plant since it can control many types of mould, algae, fungi and microbes.
30. Put Your Muffin Tin to Work
When planting your garden, the spacing of your plants is important. You want to give your shrubs enough room to grow, but you also want to ensure even spacing to create a pleasing aesthetic when your seeds sprout. If you’re looking to get your spacing completely perfect, pull out your muffin tin!
In the cleared area where you want to plant, push your muffin tin into the ground. Move it to the next space and push it in again, and so on and so forth until your entire planting area is covered in little muffin-sized pits. Then place your seeds in each of those pits and watch them sprout into beautiful plants.
31. Make Your Own Raised Garden Bed
A raised garden bed adds something to your space and allows you to separate your plants from the rest of your yard. Unfortunately, if you don’t have one already built, putting a raised garden bed together can be a pain. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create your own raised garden, purchase a few cinderblocks.
Arrange the cinder blocks in a rectangle and fill the middle of each one, and the large area in the center of all the cinder blocks, with fresh soil. You can plant all your shrubs in this small space, creating a confined area that’s easy to work with for your garden.
32. Create Pot Markers
Once your seeds go into the ground, it can be difficult to keep all your plants straight. If you want to ensure that you know exactly what’s growing, especially if you’re growing edible things like vegetables, you’ll need pot markers.
Create your own labels by saving old wine corkers and spearing them with kebab skewers. Write the name of each plant onto the wine cork and stick the skewer into the ground near the corresponding plant. It adds a little whimsy to your garden. Not to mention, the wine corks are a cheap and effective way to make your own pot markers.
33. Make Your Own Spray Collar
Weed spray is the easiest way to rid yourself of those unwanted plants that pop up around your garden, but the spray comes with its own challenges. Each time you spray, you run the risk that you’ll get some weed killer on the plants that you do want, destroying the rest of your garden along with the weeds.
Thankfully, a spray collar solves that problem. Find an old can or small plastic bucket in your home and cut off the bottom and top to create one long cylinder. Then, place that cylinder over the weed you want to kill before spraying your weed killer directly into the collar. It limits the over-spray, and ensures that your weed killer is attacking only the plant you don’t want, sparing the rest of your garden from its deadly wrath.
34. Put Fly Tape On Your Gardening Hat
When we garden, and therefore spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, it’s inevitable that a ton of mosquitoes and insects will cross our path, and many will bother us. You know, those famous black flies that are absolutely unbearable and fly around your head? Fortunately, thanks to our ingenious tip, all that is over!
Before you put on your gardening hat next time, take some fly tape and wrap it around the brim of your hat. Once you’re outside, any unwanted pests that try to bother you will get the surprise of their lives when they can’t get out of your hat! This way you can garden in peace without always having to chase mosquitoes away from your face!
35. Repurpose Toilet Paper Rolls
After you’re done with a roll of toilet paper, you’re left with a cardboard tube that doesn’t have any other use. Now, you can use that tube for your garden. When starting your seeds, take a waterproof container, and fill it with empty toilet paper tubes. Fill each tube with potting soil and plant your seeds right inside the cardboard.
When the time comes to move them to the garden, you can plant the cardboard tube right into the ground. The cardboard will decompose over time, but it will keep your seeds safe while they struggle to germinate.
36. Convert Your Coffee Filters
When planting shrubs in potted plants, you want to allow water to ooze out of the bottom of the pot, but you don’t want the dirt to flow out with it. If you close off the bottom completely, you run the risk of water-logging your plants. If you don’t, you might lose some of the tightly packed dirt that keeps your plants healthy.
A simple coffee filter can solve your problem. Place the coffee filter at the bottom of your pot before filling it with soil. The coffee filter will allow the water to flow through, but it will keep the dirt trapped inside where it’s meant to be.
37. Scatter Soap
Sometimes hungry rabbits or deer unfortunately assume that your garden is their personal feeding ground. They’ll mulch away at your greenery, ruining all your hard work in one meal. Thankfully, soap provides a solution to this problem. Shred some soap in your food processor and scatter it among your plants. Don’t cover the entire ground, but leave a healthy supply of shavings interspersed with your mulch.
The smell of the soap will keep hungry animals away, but the soap itself won’t damage your plants. You’ll have to replenish your shreddings if they wash away, but other than that it takes very little effort for you to keep your plants safe.
38. Banana Peels
Many fertilizers sold in stores may contain questionable products, and we’ll tell you, sometimes it’s just very expensive to buy. Fortunately, you probably have natural fertilizers on hand without even knowing it! If you’re used to eating bananas, it’s time to stop getting rid of their peels. Instead, save them to make your own homemade fertilizer for your garden. It’s extremely simple, and very effective!
Banana peels contain potassium, calcium and magnesium, which are very good for your garden. Cut your banana peels into pieces and mix them with water. Let it sit for 24 hours and then place the mixture in your garden!
39. Fertilize Your Garden With Kelp Tea
Kelp is a derivative of sea plants and contains a significant amount of micronutrients and vitamins that have many benefits for your garden. If, for example, you want to grow organic garlic, kelp tea will help you greatly. To prepare the kelp tea solution, nothing could be simpler: add 1/2 cup of kelp meal to 1-5 gallons of water, depending on how strong you want your tea to be. Let it sit for 1-3 days, remembering to stir it daily. After that, use it wherever you need it!
For example, before planting your seeds, let them soak in the tea for a few hours before planting them. You can also use it as a foliar spray to protect your plants from cold or hot weather. You can also apply the tea to the soil when you transplant your plants to reduce shock, and then consider watering your plants with kelp tea once a month to stimulate soil microbial activity!
40. Scatter Soap
Sometimes hungry rabbits or deer unfortunately assume that your garden is their personal feeding ground. They’ll nibble away at your greenery, ruining all your hard work in one meal. Thankfully, soap provides a solution to this problem. Shred some soap in your food processor and scatter it among your plants. Don’t cover the entire ground, but leave a healthy supply of shavings interspersed with your mulch.
The smell of the soap will keep hungry animals away, but the soap itself won’t damage your plants. You’ll have to replenish your shreddings if they wash away, but other than that it takes very little effort for you to keep your plants safe.
41. Save Your Plastic Containers
If you don’t have any soda bottles handy to create your own mini greenhouse, you can also use plastic to-go containers from restaurants. Plastic clamshell containers are the perfect place to get your seeds started.
Wash your container thoroughly after you finish your food and fill the bottom with soil. Then place your seeds inside with enough space between them for each seed to grow. Close the container and set it near the window where it can soak in the sun. The plastic container keeps moisture locked inside while still allowing sun and warmth to reach your plant. Your seeds will sprout in no time!
42. Weed When Wet
Have you ever tried lifting weeds from the tough, dry ground? It’s not easy, is it? Dry ground is unforgiving and inflexible, so trying to tug weeds out from their roots is a difficult (sometimes impossible) task. It’s better to weed when the ground is wet.
Head out to your garden after a rainy day or create your own wet soil by drenching your garden with the hose. You’ll find that pulling weeds out of wet ground is much easier than tugging away at the dry ground. While the task may be a little messier, the disappearance of the weeds will be worth the extra mud.
43. Brew Fertilizer Tea
Weeds are annoying in more ways than one. While they interfere with the growth of your plants, they also soak up nutrients from your soil that your plants need to survive. When you pull weeds and throw them away, you’re essentially tossing out all those nutrients as well. But you don’t have to.
Instead, throw your weeds into a bucket of water after you pull them. Cover the bucket and allow the weeds to steep, just like a bag of tea. After a few hours, you can pour that water back onto your plants and throw the wet weeds away. The process returns a few of the nutrients you’re missing back to your soil.
44. Change Your Tools
When planting a vegetable garden, you probably spend a lot of time on your hands and knees, digging the holes you need to plant your vegetables. After a while, hunching over the ground and engaging in so much physical labor takes a toll on your body.
To make the process easier, use a posthole digger to quickly create a few holes deep enough for your plants. This method will be much quicker than digging each individual hole. Plus, your back and hands will thank you for taking some of the pressure off of them during your gardening.
45. Plant Your Soda Cans
If you have a deep planter, fill the bottom with old soda cans before placing your shrub. The cans create little air pockets that will aerate the soil, leading to healthier ground for your greenery.
With healthier soil, your plants will flourish, even in deep planters where you don’t have as much control over what’s happening underneath the surface. Who knew old soda cans could save your garden?
46. Careful Plant Removal
Although your plant often grows in one designated pot, it certainly doesn’t have to stay in that pot forever. Sometimes you’ll bring home store-bought shrubs that you want to replant, or you may want to move your own plants out of their designated container. If you pull the plants up and out, however, you risk tearing the roots and damaging your shrub.
To avoid that problem, take a sharp knife and cut down the sides of the pot. Once you have enough room, you can wriggle the plant out of the container, keeping most of the surrounding soil intact. Using this method, your plant is ready to be replanted, and the roots are thankfully preserved.
47. Make Edging Easier
While edging your garden, your biggest challenge is creating a straight line to surround your space. Thankfully, the solution to your problem is so incredibly simple.
Lay down a 2×6 board where you want the end of your garden to be. Make sure the board is laying straight and place your foot on top of it so it doesn’t move. Then, take a spade and shove it into the ground right at the edge of the board. Move your spade down the line until you reach the end of the board. Continue this process all around your garden, moving the board as needed. Once you’re done, you’ll have a clean, straight line that separates your garden from the rest of your yard.
48. Use Your Old Sponges
Too much water can be just as damaging as too little water for the plants in your garden. If water settles at the bottom of your pot, it can rot your roots, causing your precious plants to die.
To maintain a healthy balance of water for your plants, put old sponges at the bottom of your pot. The sponges will soak up the excess liquid that could damage your plants, while simultaneously maintaining enough moisture to keep your plants healthy.
49. Create a Tiny Greenhouse
If you’re having trouble starting your seeds or cuttings in your garden, a tiny, at-home greenhouse might provide a solution. Take an empty 2-liter bottle of soda and remove all labels so you’re left with clear plastic. Then remove the bottom of the soda bottle and place it over the soil that houses your seeds or cuttings.
The result is a tiny greenhouse that allows your seeds to grow, protected from environmental factors that might interfere with their germination. Once your seeds have germinated or your cuttings have rooted, you can remove the soda bottle and allow your plants to grow on their own.
50. Fertilize With a PVC Pipe
If your garden houses dense plants, fertilizing your greenery is a challenge. Your fertilizer has to reach the base of the plant, but it’s difficult to reach the base of close-packed shrubs. That’s when a PVC pipe comes in handy.
Cut a 45-degree angle at the top of the PVC pipe to create a larger opening. Then, place the other end of the pipe at the base of the plant you want to fertilize. Pour the fertilizer down the PVC pipe, ensuring that it lands right where it’s supposed to. The result is healthier plants with less effort on your part.
51. Use Cardboard
After you have your garden planted, you’re ready to lay down your mulch. Before you do that, however, you can add an easy protective measure that will help to keep your garden free of weeds. Before putting down your mulch, lay pieces of cardboard on the ground around your plants. Then lay the mulch on top of the cardboard.
The cardboard will block weeds from growing, eliminating the need to fill your garden with harsh chemicals and keeping your plants safe.
52. Make a Watering Hole
While some insects and animals are obviously unwanted in your garden, others are a welcome sight. Bees in particular don’t pose a threat to your plants, and their pollination techniques are crucial for the environment. Invite these little workers into your garden with a DIY watering hole.
Take a small dish and fill it with a tiny bit of water. Put rocks at the bottom of the dish to give visiting bugs somewhere to stand. Place it near your garden so the bees that visit your plants can take a fresh drink without drowning. The simple addition of water won’t cause bees to flood to your bushes, but it will be a nice treat for any insects who decide to fly by.
53. Produce a Watering Can
A watering can is one crucial tool for your garden, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Instead of purchasing a store-bought can, make your own with an empty gallon jug. Once you’re finished with the jug, fully rinse out the previous liquid. Take the cap of the jug and poke a series of tiny holes in the top.
Once that’s done, fill the jug with water and screw the cap back onto the top. After that, all you have to do is head out to your garden and tip the jug out over your plants. Water will pour out, drenching your shrubs in the much-needed liquid. It’s the perfect watering can if you’re gardening on a budget.
54. Improve Your Garden Soil
A thriving garden starts with thriving soil. When your soil is full of nutrients, your plants will grow bigger, stronger, and healthier. If you want to boost your soil, you don’t have to buy expensive products. In fact, you can use kitchen leftovers bound for the trash heap.
Banana peels, coffee grounds, and egg shells can all boost the nutrients in your soil. Simply plant these throwaway items in your garden and watch your greenery grow. You’d be throwing them out anyway—you might as well use your garbage for something meaningful.
55. Take Care of Your Tools
To take care of your garden, you have to take care of your tools. If you want to ensure that your tools are always ready and clean, all you need is a bit of mineral oil and a bucket of clean sand. The sand in the bucket allows you to stick your tools right in where they’ll stand upright, ready for the next use. When you’re ready to garden, you simply have to grab the handle and pull your tool out.
Once you’re finished with the tool, spray it with a bit of mineral oil and put it back in the sand. The combination of sand and mineral oil will keep your tools clean and sharp. Most importantly, it requires almost no effort from you.
56. Make Your Own Insect Spray
While a weed spray will kill off the unwanted plants in your garden, an insect spray will keep away the beasts that want to feed on your plants. From snails to mosquitos, insects will be drawn to your garden. They’ll chew away at your leaves and might even bite you if you’re unlucky enough to run into them.
To take care of any insect problem, simply combine a healthy amount of garlic and mint, and put the mixture into a spray bottle. This cost-effective, organic spray will keep the insects away without harming any of your plants.
57. Get a Shoe Organizer
If you want to save a little space in your garden, you can create a vertical planting ground with an over-the-door shoe organizer. When you get the shoe organizer, stick a few holes in the bottom of each compartment to allow water to drain. Then fill each compartment with soil. After that’s done, you can put a different plant in each section.
This method is especially useful for creating an at-home herb garden. Loop the organizer over an outside door and there you have it—your own vertical herb garden that fits beautifully in any space.
58. Engrave stones for your garden
Remember the painted river rocks that I shared with you earlier? Another great way to write on stones is to engrave in them directly. Look at these adorable family rocks (cute pun too!). You could engrave anything on your garden rocks, and could even use them as plant markers.
59. Make a drip feeder using an old soda bottle
Have plants (especially vegetables) that do better if the moisture is delivered at their roots instead of from overhead? One cheap and simple way to make a drip feeder which you can place underground next to your plant is by using an old plastic soda bottle. Just puncture some holes in it (a barbeque skewer works great), and then plant it next to the young plant. The bottle will enable a slow release of water near the roots. This method prevents fungus and also reduces problems with leaves.