Are you a keen gardener or a novice gardener looking to start your little patch? Regardless of how much or how little experience you have, here are 10 brilliant garden hacks to help every gardener!
1. Sprout Seeds for Less
You don’t need anything special to sprout your seeds. Used egg cartons with small holes punched into the bottom work wonderfully. Simply fill two thirds with potting mix, press in your seeds, and top up with remaining potting mix. Once your seeds have sprouted, you’ll need to transplant them into a garden bed or larger container.
2. Pinching Your Plants
It may sound strange and counterproductive, but splitting stems down the centre, or ‘pinching’ your plant, will stimulate new leaf growth. This garden hack will encourage bushier plant growth, and larger fruit and veggie yields.
3. Milk Bottle Watering Can
Using a watering can on seedlings and other delicate plants is essential, as heavy streams of water can damage or flood the plant. If you don’t own a watering can, you can easily make one from an old milk bottle. Wash the bottle well, and then poke about ten holes into the lid. Fill the bottle with water, and there you have it – a homemade watering can!
4. Grow Veggies Using Kitchen Scraps
No need to spend a small fortune on your vegetable garden. You can fill it for free by growing certain vegetables from kitchen scraps. Onions and celery are great ways to start. You can even grow tomatoes from cuttings off a healthy tomato plant!
5. Easy Vertical Garden
Vertical gardens are all the rage. You can make your own vertical, or hanging, garden with either a hanging shoe rack or a shower caddy. Simply fill with soil, and plant succulents, herbs, or any other small plant of your choice.
6. Leftover Coffee Granules
Don’t throw away left over coffee granules! Scatter over your garden beds to repel pests and add nutrients to your soil.
7. Keep Pot Plants from Leaking Soil with Coffee Filters
Another great coffee garden hack – using coffee filters to trap soil in your pot. When filling a pot with potting mix, you might notice soil leaking out the drainage holes, especially when watering. Line the bottom of the pot with a coffee filter. The filter will allow water drainage, but will trap essential nutrients in the soil.
8. Store Garden Tools in Sand to Prevent Rusting
Outdoor storage can make garden tools more susceptible to rusting. One way to prevent this is to fill a container (even a spare terracotta pot) with sand, and burry your garden tools.
9. Don’t Throw Away Seed Packets
How many times have you planted a bunch of seeds, only to forget what’s what? Don’t throw away your seed packets. Instead, attach the seed packet to a peg, toothpick, or paddle pop stick.
10. Save on Mulch
There are many benefits to mulching: keep weeds away, retain moisture, ensure the soil temperature is correct, to name a few. But, purchasing enough mulch to cover your entire garden can be costly. Hay, recycled newspaper, wood shavings, or a mixture of these create effective alternatives to conventional mulch. Add coffee granules (as mentioned above) for even more benefits.