Gardening can not only beautify your home but it can also be something that can bring you peace and it’s great exercise. However, we all know at the same time gardening can be really hard work and that hard work sometimes gets in the way of our enjoyment for gardening. So to help take away the dread one often gets when they think about working out in the, here’s a few helpful and clever tips to make your gardening experience a lot easier and a lot more fun.
Pot in a Pot
Everyone knows how much of a hassle it can be to dig up all your season plants and then when it’s time for them the following year you have to dig another hole to put your seasonal flowers, veggies or herbs in. Well with this little tip you won’t have to worry about that ever again. Dig a hole where you want to place your season plants and then take an empty plastic pot and put it in the hole or holes you dug. Just leave the pot in the hole and when it’s time for your seasonal planting all you have to do is put your seasonal plants in these pots that are in the ground, when the season is over, remove the seasonal plant. There you go, you don’t have to dig new holes every year.
Put Packing Peanuts in Your Bigger Pots
Here’s a way to not only make a big potted plant lighter but also cheaper. Take a large pot you want to use for your potted plant and fill the pot ¼ the way with packing peanuts. Take some landscape fabric and lay on top of the peanuts and then put the soil on top of that and add your plant as usual. This will make the pot lighter, gives better drainage for your plant and it saves on potting soil.
Give Your Plants a Calcium Boost
Instead of throwing those egg shells away take them and grind them into a powder and then you can take them and sprinkle them all through your garden. This is a quick, easy and cheap way to give your plants extra calcium.
Keep Small Critters and Pets Out of Your Garden Area
Pets and other smaller animals especially cats think that all that hard work you put into your garden is especially for them, especially cats because they suddenly think you’ve created a super big litter box for them. Well, here’s a way to keep them out of your garden area. All you need to do is to take some plastic forks and put them strategically throughout your entire garden with the prongs pointed up in the air. Trust me, they won’t want to bother with it.
No Yard for a Garden, No Problem
Even if you don’t have any garden space, you can still have a garden. All you need to do is get some large Rubbermaid storage containers which are very lightweight and you can get started on a nice little container garden. Just poke holes in the bottom of the containers, put some packing peanuts in the bottom, a layer of garden fabric and fill with potting soil. Then you are set to plant whatever you want for your container garden.
Put Epsom Salt in Your Garden
There are a lot of different uses for Epsom salt but I bet you never thought you could use it in your garden. Well, surprise, you can! The reason why it’s so good and healthy for your garden is because it has a rich supply of both magnesium and sulfate which is vital for healthy plant life. If you use it for your potted plants just mix up a couple of tablespoons of the salt in your watering can once or two times a month. You can also just sprinkle it in your garden soil to help the seeds to germinate a lot better. Tomatoes and peppers really love the stuff because they need a lot of magnesium to be healthy. You can add a tablespoon of the salt when you first plant them and then sprinkle some into the soil after they have matured.
Save the Water You Cook Your Veggies In
That’s right, don’t throw that water away after you have cooked your veggies. You can actually use it to put in your garden. The reason is that there are a lot of nutrients left behind by the cooked veggies and your garden will thrive on them. Just let the water cool off and then use it for your garden or potted plants the same way you would use fertilizer.
Don’t Throw Your Grapefruit Peels Away
If you like grapefruit and just throw away the peel once you’ve scooped out the fruit, stop. Don’t throw it away anymore. Take the grapefruit halves, clean them out, add some potting soil and then add seeds for your seedlings to grow in. Once they are growing and are ready to plant outside in the ground all you have to do is take the whole thing and plant it in the ground because the peel will just turn into compost after awhile. Just make sure you don’t forget to poke a hole or two in the bottom of it so that the seedlings will have drainage.
Use Cinder Blocks to Create Your Garden Bed
Not everyone knows how to make raised garden beds with wood but there is still a way that you can do it. That is by taking some cinder blocks and create the garden bed you’ve always wanted. With the blocks you can create any size and any shape garden bed for your yard. This is especially good if you have limited space. Just place the cinder blocks in whatever shape and size that you want and fill the cinder blocks up with potting soil and your garden bed is ready for planting.
Enjoy your garden!