Gardening hacks

Perhaps I’m a little early with this post, but with spring approaching, I thought it might be neat to do some research and determine ways to enhance your gardening game.

I’m no gardener myself, but my sister is, and I help her with her garden, which she uses for her business, on occasion. Whether you have a green thumb or a black one, perhaps some of these hacks, from Balcony Garden Web, will help you to boost your gardening skills.

  • Use cinnamon powder on your seedlings to keep pests away
  • Convert an old milk jug into a watering can by heating up the lid and poking small holes in it
  • Use coffee grounds, or eggshells, to ward off pests
  • Use a coffee filter in your pots to keep soil and other debris out of the pot’s drainage holes, and keep water in
  • Plant citronella geranium, marigold ‘lemon gem,’ catnip, lemongrass, lemon thyme and ageratum ‘artist purple’ in a single plot to keep mosquitoes away from yourself and your garden
  • Use broken or smashed ceramic pots as markers and label them with a permanent marker or paint so you know what’s what amongst your seedlings
  • Kick weeds to the curb with vinegar
  • Place a diaper in the bottom of a potted plant to keep moisture in
  • Use cooking water to fertilize and water your plants
  • Check the pH of your soil at home with some baking soda and vinegar
  • Place a layer of newspaper over your soil, in either a garden or a flowerbed, before putting mulch in to keep weeds under control

These are just a few examples of some gardening hacks you can take full advantage of this spring and summer. With a little knowledge and some common household items, you’ll be well on your way to growing the garden on your dreams.

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