Gardening is an excellent hobby to pick up. It helps you soak up on some much needed sunshine and vitamin D, it helps with stress relief and you will be able to grow all sorts of beautiful plants, flowers and even fruits and vegetables.
Some of these tips might seem odd, like placing a toilet paper roll inside a garden, but once you find out the benefit of this you’ll be stunned at the results.
1. Eggshells as Fertilizer
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—even for plants. As you may already know, plants thrive and grow best in fertilized soil. One way to achieve that is to add some eggshells to the soil as it provides the soil with calcium as well as repels pests like snails and slugs. Next time you make an omelet, put the shells in a plastic bag, smash them up, and put them on top of the soil. Repeat this process as frequently as you’d like.
Tomatoes are a key component in dishes like pizza, pasta, and salsa. If you ever decide to grow your own tomatoes, be sure to pick up Epsom salt because it will help them germinate faster. Before planting the seeds, add a teaspoon of Epsom salt to each hole. Once the plants begin to bloom, dissolve a teaspoon of Epsom salt in five cups of water, put it in a spray bottle, and spray the plants once a month. Doing so will make your plants healthier and more fruitful.
3. Vinegar as a Weed Killer
A great walkway doesn’t have weeds poking through the cracks, so if you have this problem, the good news is that there’s an easy and inexpensive fix—vinegar. Simply fill a small spray bottle with white vinegar and generously spray it on the weeds. The best part is that you won’t have to worry about poisoning your pets or contaminating your fruit- and vegetable-bearing plants because it’s 100 percent natural. Once the vinegar kills them at the root, you should be able to easily pull them out and throw them away.
Fewer things are as captivating as a flower garden. A patch of flowers, whether neat and orderly or growing like weeds, can add the pop of color your backyard needs, and the choices are endless. You can plant lupines, daisies, or roses that match the trim on your house. In addition, you can plant flowers that bloom from spring until fall so that your landscape is always colorful. If you want a garden that’s mostly vegetables but still want some color, you could plant marigolds or petunias around the border of the garden.
5. Natural Pest Remedy
Pests are annoying and can wreak havoc on your garden. They can make your plants sick, eat them, and creep you out. However, there’s any easy solution. Combine a tablespoon of canola oil and a little liquid dish soap in a quart of water until completely mixed, and put it in a spray bottle. Then, walk out to your garden, and generously spray the plants, including under the leaves. It’s a great way to deter pests while keeping your pets and kids safe.
6. Stick to Local Flora
It’s always a good idea to do some research before planting whatever you want because some plants grow better in different areas and seasons. Crepe myrtles would be a great choice if you live in the southeast but not in a colder region. You can save a lot of time and money if you pick plants that are suited to the environment in which you live. Fortunately, you have a lot of options, so you’ll be able to create a beautiful garden regardless of where you live.
7. Sun or Shade
Some plants require more sunlight than others, so make sure you know where to put your plants. Lily of the Valley, ferns, begonias, hydrangeas, and impatiens, for example, thrive in the shade; put them in the sun, and they’ll most likely die. On the other hand, daisies, lavender, verbena, and butterfly weed need direct sunlight. You should be able to find all this information on the seed packets or the plastic marker found in the plant’s soil. If you’re still not sure, ask a garden center store employee for help.
8. The Right Tools
If you’re fully equipped with all the right tools, gardening will be a breeze. Take the time to make sure you have everything you need. You’ll definitely want to have gardening gloves, a watering can, a cushion or towel to kneel on, a spade, a trowel, a hand fork, and pruners. Also make sure to keep them all in one place such as a basket in the tool shed. Not only does this save time, but it also saves you multiple trips to and from the tool shed. Finally, you can keep your clothes clean and look stylish by wearing an apron that matches your gloves.
If you’re a beginner when it comes to gardening, you should start with something that’s easy to grow. There are quite a few low-maintenance plants that are great for novice gardeners or for people who don’t have a lot of time to commit to gardening. Vegetables like radishes, carrots, lettuce, sugar snap peas, and beets are great for beginners because, if planted properly, they require very little maintenance. As for flowers, sunflowers, marigolds, and geraniums are your best bet.
If you’re no stranger to gardening and want to make your garden even more impressive, think about the types of plants you want. Do you want decorative flowers or fresh produce? You can start by considering how much sun your garden gets every day. If you want to grow some veggies, squash lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers can be planted early and harvested in the fall. If you want flowers to adorn your garden for most of the growing season, you can plant some crocuses, tulips, mums, and daisies.
If you know your way around a garden, pick a few plants that you want to grow. Roses can really spruce up a dull yard, so if you’re a pro, keeping a rose bush alive should be easy. If you choose new roses, you’ll want to put them in a large bucket and soak the pot in water prior to planting. For beautiful roses season after season, you’ll need to consistently prune them because it aerates the base of the plant and gives it the sunlight it needs, which helps prevent mildew and disease.
Squash is available in both summer and winter varieties. It takes about 50 to 70 days to fully grow summer squash while winter squash usually takes 75 to 120 days. It’s advised to plant them in a sunny area immediately after the last frost to make sure they’re ready on time. You’ll want to make sure that you don’t plant them in an area that pools water and that you space them according to the package. Water them frequently, and to prevent rot, use board or wire to keep the fruit off the ground. By the summertime, you should be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor!
13. Attract Butterflies
Butterflies aren’t just beautiful—they can actually help your garden grow! As they flutter from flower to flower, they are fertilizing the plants. If you’d like to attract butterflies to your garden, plant some fennel, globe thistle, goldenrod, hollyhock, lavender, milkweed, thistle, and willow. These plants might also attract hummingbirds and bees, both of which will aid in pollination. To ensure they keep coming back, put out a butterfly and hummingbird feeder. It’s the least you could do to repay these little workers for making your garden healthy and lush!
14. Coffee Ground Fertilizer
We all know how amazing coffee can be in the morning, but it’s also a great treat for your garden. Aside from energizing you for a day of gardening, coffee grounds can help fertilize your garden because they add organic material to the soil and promote aeration, water retention, and drainage. In addition, they may attract earthworms, which naturally till the soil as they borrow. Before planting, simply mix some coffee grounds in the soil; this will boost the nitrogen in the soil. You can even add coffee grounds to the soil after planting as needed.
Fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and melons are delicious treats that you can grow in your garden. They can be eaten as is or baked into pies, breads, and tarts. Since most fruit plants need quite a bit of sun, make sure you’re planting them in an appropriate spot. Also keep in mind that not all fruits can be planted at the same time. Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries can be planted in the early spring, but remember that raspberries and blueberries will spring up every year. Therefore, when planting, make sure that’s where you want them year after year. Pretty soon, your neighbors will be drooling when they see you picking sweet, juicy berries; baking them a pie with your freshly picked berries might be a way to get on their good side.
Deciding how to border your garden can be one of the most important gardening decisions you make because it needs to be both beautiful and functional. One great option is a retaining wall, but if you want something a little more natural, you could use wood or stones. Regardless of your choice, make sure you install it properly. For example, if you’re using something as heavy as stone, you should put a layer of gravel underneath it to prevent it from sinking into the ground after a while. You can use just about anything for a border, so entertain your ideas and see what you like!
Selecting the right outdoor décor can really make your garden pop. Always consider your surroundings and neighbors before deciding on a theme because even though you love large, obtrusive garden statues, you neighbors may not. There are many options from water globes and light catchers to wind chimes and stepping stones. Personalize your garden any way you want—just be sure you don’t overdo it!
18. Pot-in-Pot landscaping:
If you’re not a fan of redoing the landscaping every time the seasons change, try this tip. Dig a hole in the earth for your seasonal plants and put an empty plastic pot inside. This way, you don’t have to get the shovel out every time you want to show a seasonal plant, you can just drop it in the empty plastic pot and switch them out when it’s time.
19. Packing Peanuts and Pots:
Packing peanuts allow for good drainage, they are cheaper than soil and way lighter. These are all good arguments to add them to the bottom of your pots. Just make sure to put a layer of landscape fabric in between the peanuts and the soil, so that it doesn’t slowly sink to the bottom of the pot.
20. Give your garden a calcium boost:
Calcium is very important for your garden. However, it can’t only be found in the soil supplements and fertilizers. Indeed, egg shells are very high in calcium and mixing them into your soil is a great way to enrich it with much needed supplements. Just make sure to grind the eggshells beforehand, so that the calcium is easier to absorb.
21. Keep the pets away:
Despite all the hard work put into making a garden look prettier, pets always seem to mistake it for a litter box. So to keep animals and pets away from your herbs, veggies and fruits; a good idea is to stick a few plastic forks around in the soil.
22. Rubbermaid Container Garden:
You don’t need a yard to have a little garden for yourself. You can use Rubbermaid storage containers, they are lightweight and the perfect size to start a garden. For an even better hack, fill them with packing peanuts and put a layer of landscape fabric on top to make them easy to move. And there you have it, your own little garden perfect for small spaces or even balconies.
23. Use diapers to help retain moisture:
Diapers are not just for babies! You can use them at the bottom of potted plants that require moisture! There you go, this is a great hack for those summer annuals that require a lot of watering.
24. Epsom Salt is your friend:
Other than being a good friend in the kitchen and in the diy beauty compartments, Epsom Salt is great thing to have on hand in your garden. It is high in magnesium and sulfate which are crucial to a plant’s health. You can mix a couple of tablespoons of the salt to your watering can once or twice a month or sprinkle it directly onto the soil.
25. Fertilize your plants:
A good way to naturally fertilize your garden is to use your vegetable cooking water. It is natural and high in nutrients that will make your garden green and healthy. Wait for it to cool down first, then use it to fertilize your potted plants or your garden.
26. Seeds and Citrus:
Not only is starting your seedlings in a citrus peel super cute, it is actually a very smart idea. The peel will compost in the soil and nourish the plant. All you have to do is plant the whole thing in the soil once it’s ready. Of course, don’t forget to make a small drainage hole at the bottom of the citrus peel.
27. Cinder Block Garden Bed:
Cinder blocks are a great idea to build your own garden bed if you don’t have the skill to make a raised garden bed out of wood. Cinder blocks also come with holes in them, and that’s a good way to separate your different herbs and flowers. Pick a level place to start your garden, and enjoy!
28. Line pots with coffee filters:
This is especially a good idea for your indoor plants. With this trick, you won’t have to worry about making a mess every time you water them. The coffee filter will allow the water to drain but will keep the dirt contained in the pot.
29. Eggshell starters:
Starting seedlings in eggshells is another good idea. The eggshells are very cheap, they are the right size to start a seed, and they make perfect pots easy to plant in the garden when they are ready. You don’t need to take them out, just plant them as is for the extra calcium boost.
30. Roses in spuds:
Did you know that you could grow your own rose bush from the trimmings of another bush? Well, I didn’t! Just push the bottom ends of your rose trimmings into a potato. This will help the trimming retain moisture as it develops its roots.
31. Stop invasive plants:
If you have any invasive plants that tend to grow too large, use this trick. Simply cut the bottom off of a plastic pot and bury it in the soil. This garden trick will help contain plants that tend to take over your garden, giving you better control over it and protecting the plants around it.
32. Plastic Pot watering system:
You can bury a sink pot in the middle of your garden to create a well. This empty plastic nursery pot with holes in it will allow for easier and deeper root watering. This can be helpful for plants with deep roots, such as squash.
33. DIY mini greenhouse:
Treat your seedlings to their own little greenhouse. You can do so by recycling the bottom ¾ part of a plastic bottle and turning it into a dome to cover your seedling. Not only is this a great idea, but it can also turn into a fun project to do with kids.
34. Pinch your herbs:
Most plants, especially basil, send a signal to the dormant leaf buds to grow when they are pinched. So to encourage new leaf growth and keep you herbs alive and multiplied don’t forget to pinch them!
35. Homemade Rain Barrel:
This is another resourceful hack! You can collect rain directly from the gutter spouts onto a heavy duty trash can. You can use the collected water to take care of your lawn, garden and potted plants.
36. Dry Creek Bed Garden:
A dry creek bed is a good idea to break up a large portion of a yard and to add visual interest. It is low maintenance, helps redirect rain water on a slope, and it looks amazing!
37. Homemade weed killer:
This 3 ingredients solution is magical when it comes to getting rid of weeds. It is even more effective is used when the harmful plants are exposed to direct sunlight. However, this solution is pretty potent, so make sure it stays away from grass, flowers and other plants.
If you follow some of these tips, your neighbors will be gawking at your garden in no time. They may even watch you from afar to figure out your secrets. At the end of the day, you’ll have a beautiful garden that you can enjoy, but don’t get too comfortable. You have to start planning next year’s garden!