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Wednesday June 29, 2022

Cinnamon, An Ant's Worst Garden Enemy

You don't need to visit the store for this next trick, because as you can find all you need to get rid of ants in your kitchen. And, even if you don't, someone down the block does. Now, here's the secret. Cinnamon can not only help you spice the tastiest of meals, but it can also resolve the issue you have with garden ants.

You don't need to mix the cinnamon with water or anything else in particular. Instead, simply sprinkle some of the spice around in your indoor and outdoor garden. What's more, you can add a small amount to the stem of a new plant cutting to make it grow even taller than it would have.

 

Orange Peels To Substitute For Pots

Oranges and similarly shaped fruit rinds are just the sizes to start new plant growth. So, the next time you eat such a fruit, you can save its peel instead of throwing it away. Then, poke a hole in the bottom of it to allow for drainage; add soil, seeds, water, and you're set to go.

There you have it; it's your new favorite pot! One thing to keep in mind is that the citrus rinds make the soil inside more acidic. Consequently, the best seeds to plant in it are peppers and radishes or similar acid-loving veggies. All that's left to do is decide what you'd like to watch grow and see it come to life.

 

Use Cardboard To Create A Weed-Free Garden

Weeding is such a time-consuming process, not to mention, an exhausting job. And why would you do so if there's an easy hack to facilitate your experience? It's pretty easy. All you need to do is bury a thin layer of cardboard beneath the garden or right under the soil. But, why does it work?

First, gather the boxes you want to use and unfold them into sheets. Next, place them in the garden, allocating enough space, and cover them with water and soil. It will act as a barrier for weeds and simultaneously soak up the excess to keep the garden plants full of moisture at all times.

 

Epsom Salt Is Yet Another Fertilizer

Epsom salt, hydrated magnesium sulfate, is excellent for home remedy uses. But who knew it was secretly another fertilizer beneficial for gardening? Epsom salt consists of magnesium, like all common store-bought fertilizers. Thus, it helps to increase seed germination, chlorophyll production, and vital nutrients absorption

First, mix the Epsom salt with water. Then, fill a spray bottle with the mixture and mist your garden. The best ratio to use for most of your plants is two teaspoons of Epsom salt with one gallon of water monthly. No doubt, your plants, especially those vegetables will grow taller and stronger.

 

Protect Your Gardening Tools From Rust

If you're constantly working in the garden, you are well aware of the importance of keeping your gardening tools intact. Who wants to purchase this expensive equipment over and over again? One simple step to prolong their lives is to mix a bag of sand with mineral or baby oil to avoid rust.

When you create the combination, you must ensure to mix it well. Then, add the blend into a bucket or whatever else you find fit, and place the tools inside. This will help to clean the utensils in-depth. Of course, it's a simple DIY hack and will save you money for years

 

Use Plastic Pots To Keep Plants Contained

No matter how much you plan your dream garden and work towards creating it, you can quickly lose all your hard work if roots get out of hand. After all, plants are living creatures and can spread far and wide in different directions. Sometimes, one plant might even take over the designated space of another.

So, if it would help you find a way to keep your plants in line, here's what to do; for this, you can use their original packaging: the plastic pots they come in. Make sure the container is slightly bigger than the plant and bury it deep in the soil. Better yet, this DIY hack will facilitate future reallocating.

 

Baking Soda Sweetens Tomatoes

Last and probably the least expected DIY hack on our list is baking soda to grow sweeter tomatoes. Who knew that adding a dash of baking soda around the base of your tomato plants can take the following harvest to the next level? But! Careful, make sure to keep the soda off of the plant leaves and roots.

To create a liquid mixture, you'll need to add a teaspoon of baking soda into a gallon of water and stir it until it dissolves. Then, as mentioned, keep the liquid to the base of the plant. For this, you can use the trusty watering can hack, similar to using the baking soda powder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday June 15, 2022

A Tiny Greenhouse To-Go, Please

Who says you can only get a coffee or a donut to go? With this DIY hack, you'll be able to order tiny takeout greenhouses! If you're curious, here's how easily you can create this. Obviously, it would be best if you found plastic to-go containers first. Still, there's a small secret to success.

 

If you want to protect your plants-to-be from pesky little mouths, you should place a clean plastic to-go container's lid on top of the plant and bury the sides in soil. Not only does this act as a barrier, but it also creates the needed temperature and conditions for even your stubborn plants to grow.

 

Salt Is The Perfect Garden Fertilizer

If you didn't have some of the items in your kitchen mentioned before, you surely have this one. After all, salt is essential for cooking. Well, at least for most people. But, did you know you can also use it for your garden? You can either sprinkle a bit over your plants or mix a tablespoon of the seasoning with water.

 

If you go for the second option, the liquid mixture, you should add a bit to each plant's base. It's an excellent alternative to fertilizer, and it's also the cheaper route. Still, you should be careful and precise in the process. Adding salt, as the secret ingredient, will work wonders with your garden.

 

Use An Aluminum Can For Targeted Spraying

There's no denying; you'll need to eliminate some weeds at one point or another during your gardening adventure. However, if you use a spray bottle, it will essentially come with a broader range than you need. But, you can use an empty aluminum can to keep the weeds contained.

First, cut the bottom part out using a can opener or another similar tool. Essentially, it should look like a tunnel for the liquid to pass through. Then, all you need to do is spray through it. It will contain a range of spray and help you avoid ruining your healthy plants.

 

Lift Potted Plants With Plastic Bottles

Gardening should always come with a plan. But who is there to blame when you find the perfect planter in the store? You might not know which plant you will buy it for, but it's alluring, so you go for it anyway. If your favorite flower later doesn't fit into it, you can use several plastic bottles to lift it.

Once you fill in the bottom of the pot with empty plastic bottles, regardless of how much you need, you can add soil. It will raise the plant's height to fit your desires, but it doesn't end there. This DIY hack will also help avoid root rot. A win-win! And the best part? No one will know our secret.

 

Zip Ties To Keep Plants Standing Tall

The higher a plant is, the greater its chances are of bending or toppling over completely. So what can you do about it? Well, you can go for some sticks from a plant nursery or even chopsticks, but there is a little hack that will work wonders for any gardener.

First things first, you need to align the stick against your plant's stem. Then, use a zip tie to secure the stick and stem together. The last step is to cut the excess of the tie off. Once you do this, your plants will be good to go and grow. This will allow them to stand tall at all times, reaching their full potential.

 

Beer Allures The Pesky Slugs

Now we come to yet another enemy to our gardens: Pesky slugs. Don't be fooled by their size; they can ruin your hard work in minutes. So, here's how you can protect your plants from them. First, pour some beer into a cup or dish and put it somewhere inside your garden. 

When the beer attracts the slugs, they will not eat your garden plants but instead turn to the more desirable alternative. All you need to do next is replace the container and its contents with a new one. You can repeat this process for as long as you see fit, and your garden will be free to flourish.

 

Thursday June 01, 2022

Use A Muffin Tin For Proportional Spacing

It's not easy to have the perfect garden and feel entirely satisfied with it, especially if you're a perfectionist. At this point, it's vital to create gardening spacing. Not only does it look nice, but it will also provide your plants the needed space to reach their full potential.

Sure, gauging it with your eye can work, but you can also use the back of a muffin tin to space out your digging holes proportionally. Then, all you need to do is lightly push the container into the soil to make dents. Then, finally, you can start planting.

 

All-Natural Homemade Weed Killer

Sure, weed killers from gardening stores might get the job done, but they do come with some downsides. First, they may be pricey, and second, they contain lots of chemicals. Luckily, there's a solution! Instead, you can use an all-natural distilled white vinegar to avoid keep weeds away but allow plants to stay.

The question is, does it work? It certainly does. Distilled white vinegar contains all ingredients needed for your weeds and without chemicals! Mix a gallon of this liquid with a cup of salt and a tablespoon of dish soap. Shake well, and spray the weeds while it's sunny out.

 

Water Garden With Nutrients From Weeds

Sometimes, your weeds can help the plants grow. For example, if you weed your garden, you can collect your extractions in a bucket instead of throwing them away. Then cover all of the contents with water. Essentially, it will soak up all weed's nutrients, which will then assist other plants.

After a few hours, the weed's job is done. You can then throw them away. The water you're left with is what you need for the garden. What should you do next? Water your plants like you always do. Only this time, you will see them flourish as they respond to the extra nutrients they receive.

 

Soap Is The Ultimate Repellent To Pests

You are not the only one to love your garden; squirrels, rabbits, and other critters like it too. But, no matter how much you take care of your plant babies, one animal is enough to ruin all your hard work in a day. So, the key to a beautiful garden is keeping them at bay. One great way to do so is using soap.

You can either scatter shavings of soap or a whole bar of it in the garden. If you go for the first option, try using a food processor or cheese grater. Pests, especially deers, hate soap. So, no matter how harsh it sounds, you will be able to repel the pests, and your plants will get a peaceful night of sleep.

 

Use An Aluminum Can For Targeted Spraying

There's no denying; you'll need to eliminate some weeds at one point or another during your gardening adventure. However, if you use a spray bottle, it will essentially come with a broader range than you need. But, you can use an empty aluminum can to keep the weeds contained.

First, cut the bottom part out using a can opener or another similar tool. Essentially, it should look like a tunnel for the liquid to pass through. Then, all you need to do is spray through it. It will contain a range of spray and help you avoid ruining your healthy plants

 

 

May 03, 2022

Label Your Plants With Wine Corks

Like newspapers, wine corks have no value. Well, at least if you don't create one. But gardening is an art, and you are the artist. So, why not experiment a bit? Gather the corks, chopsticks, and or toothpicks to hold them and a marker to label the plant collection. Then, get right to work!

You need one cork for each plant. Then, write the plant's name, attach them to the sticks and place them into the soil. This simple DIY can help you organize your home garden like a true professional. Not only are these cute, but they will also capture onlookers' attention to your great gardening hack.

Plastic Forks To Fight Against Tiny Pests

Have you ever used a scarecrow to keep the pests away from your garden? Did it work? If not, here's the second-best solution. All you need are a few plastic forks to keep squirrels, rabbits, and mice away. After all, they can find another location to snack!

First, visit your local store and buy a package of plastic forks. Or, you can use the pack from your last get-together. Then, spread them a bit apart and stick them handle-down in the soil between your plants. Once you make a barrier, you'll discourage small pets or rodents from munching on your harvest.

Use Empty Toilet Paper Rolls Instead Of Pots

No one enjoys spending excessive amounts of money on pots for the garden. Believe me when I say this DIY is the cheapest option ever. Instead of throwing away or recycling empty toilet paper rolls, you can use them as an organizing tool for germinating seeds! Just stand them up on a solid surface, and add potting mix.

Then, it's smooth sailing. Place seeds into the soil-filled rolls and leave things to time. When they begin to poke through the soil, you can transfer them to the garden. The plants need time to become strong and independent. And, in the meantime, the rolls will disintegrate; it will be like they never were there at all.

Kitchen Scraps Make The Perfect Fertilizer

If you are into composting, you already know what we're talking about here. We all have kitchen scraps that get tossed out daily or weekly. So, instead of going to the garbage, keep these ingredients in a bag or container. However, make sure you keep the collection outside, as it usually gets smelly.

So, what are the best scraps to keep for the garden? Eggshells, peels from citrus fruits, potato peels, coffee grounds, scrap veggies, and even bread are worth mentioning. When forming your collection, bury it beneath the soil in your garden. This will surely account for green and successful plants with time!

Potatoes To Stimulate Rose Garden Growth

We all love the different shapes and sizes of potatoes, including baked or even french fries. But did you know that this vegetable has a hidden power? If you have some roses that have seen better days, you can test this theory. First, cut the stem at an angle and remove the leaves and flowers. Then, grab some potatoes.

Now, let's get to the magic part. To start, poke a hole in each potato's longer side. You can use a knife, a chopstick, or any other sharp object in this regard. Then, place the rose stem inside the hole. Finally, bury the potato in your garden. In no time, you'll have your very own rose bush!

April 20, 2022

 

A lot of people call me a weed but I'm a friend and come to help you!

When you see me, remember that I'm the ONLY one who wants and can grow in that particular spot. Because:

Either the soil is too compact / hard / stomped and I want to loosen it for you with my roots.

Or there is too little calcium in the soil - don't worry, I will replenish that for you with the dying of my leaves.

Or the soil is too acidic. But I will also improve that for you if you give me the chance.

Or a mixture of the above reasons, of course. 😊

I'm here because your soil needs my help so best you let me grow without disturbing me! When everything is fixed, I will disappear again, I promise!

Are you trying to remove me prematurely with my root? However meticulous you are, I will return 2x as strong! Just until your soil is improved.

You can even tell by my growth at which stage my help is at. If my leaves are flat on the ground then I'm far from ready but if they all reach up then I'm already a long way on my way.

Something completely different is that I am 1 of the first bloomers in spring so I will announce spring / summer for you.

During the day when it's hot, I open my flowers but in the evening when it cools off I close them again quickly. In fact, if it's not hot enough during the day I won't open them at all!

My flowers are the first food for insects after hibernation and unlike most other plants, I have pollen AND nectar, not merely one OR the other! And I am generous with them!

My flowers are even delicious for you people by the way, did you know? I used to be called ′′honey (or gold) of the poor′′ because my flowers are so sweet in e.g. jam, sauce or salad! The internet is full of recipes - check them out.

But wait until the end of May or later before you start picking and even then, don't pick everything yet! The biodiversity and bees will be very grateful!”

 

 

 

Apriol 10, 2022

From Diapers to Wine Corks: Discover Your Green Thumb With These DIY Gardening Tips

Some of the best gardening tips we have to offer don't require a green thumb at all! In fact, it might only take rummaging through your garage or shed to find some simple items that will go a long way.

Use Newspaper To Stop Weed Growth

Instead of letting your leaning tower of newspaper continue to grow in your living room, try taking it outside! Adding newspaper to the soil of your garden can put up a good fight against stubborn weeds. 

Lay the newspaper sheets into an even layer and top with some soil. The thin paper allows moisture from waterings and rain to seep through. It also creates a barrier that keeps weeds contained and stops them in their tracks before getting the chance to spread around your garden.

 

Turn A Gallon Jug Into A Watering Can

Make gardening more family-friendly with this simple hack. When the kiddos want to help out with watering duty in the garden, it's necessary to have a watering can on hand. But, for those who may not have one, an empty gallon will do the job just as well.

First, remove the jug's cap and safely poke a few holes with a knife, screwdriver, or nail. Next, fill the jug with water, then screw the cap back on. And it's as easy as that! With the cap securely on, you or your kids can water the plants just the same as if you had a run-of-the-mill watering can.

 

Use Plastic Bottles To Make Mini Greenhouses 

If you can't find the materials to build yourself a luxury greenhouse just lying around, try starting with some plastic bottles. Simply cut the bottom off of the bottles and place some soil inside the base. Then, add seeds or plant cuttings, water, and place the rest of the bottle on top to close it. The result will be mini-greenhouses that allow the plants to maintain humidity and comfortability. Place the bottles underneath a window or in any sunny space and watch them grow. Your new plants will become big and strong enough to be moved outside in no time.

 

 

 

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