Gardening is a beautiful craft that not only relieves stress and keeps you healthy. However, it can also cause us frustration if we do not have the knowledge to care for our plants and maintain our garden efficiently.
You can always do it the hard way or the trial and error method. But if you want to save hours of your life, these time-tested gardening hacks will not only improve your gardening strategy but also buy you some time to enjoy the view of your artistry!
Smart Solutions To Solve Your Garden Problems With Simple Hacks
Soda Cans For Pot
Soda and iced tea cans can be used to create some cool and funky small pots for your indoor plants. Use a can opener to take the top off of an empty can. Poke holes in the bottom of the can to allow water to drain out. Then fill the can with your soil and plant. Who knew there were so many ways to reuse your kitchen and food items?
Toilet Roll For Seed
For an easy and green way to start seeds, save your toilet paper and paper towel tubes. Cut the tubes into 2 in. lengths and set them in a waterproof tray. Fill the tubes with potting soil and plant your seeds. When the seedlings are ready to move to the garden, plant them right in their cardboard tube. The cardboard will decompose. Be sure to keep the tube below the soil surface, so it doesn’t wick moisture away from the roots.
Many of us love the art of gardening, but we can’t stay with our plants at all times. There is no need to worry though because there are a lot of self-watering hacks that keep the plants watered while we are on vacation.
One easy and efficient way is the use of rolled-up paper towels. Make sure the towels are adequately tied to their ends to prevent them from breaking. Then, dip the ends of the towel in a glass or bottle of water and lay the remaining part across the soil.
Citrus-Rind Seed Starters
Grapefruit, orange, and other citrus rinds are just the right sizes for starting new seedlings. Make a hole in the bottom of each one for drainage and add some damp seed-starting mix and seeds. Then, when it’s time to move them outside, plant the whole works in the ground— peels and all. The citrus rinds make the soil more acidic.
Garden Tool Basket
A 5-gallon bucket comes in handy out in the garden and not just for collecting weeds. You can load it up with all your gardening tools and carry them easily from place to place. If it starts to rain, protect the tools with the lid. But here’s the best part, it doubles as a portable stool when you need to rest or do some pruning. The only problem is that the lid can be hard to pry off. Solve that by cutting off all but two of the plastic tabs. The lid will go on and off in a snap.