We love gardening, but what does gardening require? So much trial and error. Think about it, you’ve got to try a variety of plants in a number of different vessels, figure out their routine, if plants need cut back, when they need cut back, the list goes on and on. Luckily we’ve compiled a helpful little list of gardening hacks that should make this fun hobby even more fun in the coming months, or if you’re new to gardening, these tricks should make starting it all even easier. Let’s get started!
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Line pots with coffee filters to avoid your soil seeping out. For us, this was a big ‘duh’ moment because coffee filters can do in your flower pots what they do in your coffee pot since that’s what they’re designed to do. A coffee filter lining means plants will get watered and the water will drain, but you won’t lose any of your dirt out of the bottom. Amazing!
Make seed tubes for starting seeds with empty toilet paper rolls. Not only are you essentially giving new life to something that you would typically throw away, but the process for using these is way easy! You’ll line them in a plastic container, fill the tips with some dirt, plant your seed, then when you’re ready to take the seed to its forever home, the tube goes with because it will eventually decompose.
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There are a ton of uses for used coffee grounds, but something we like to do is use our coffee grounds as a natural repellent for pesky bugs in our gardens.
You know those over-the-door shoe organizers you can nab for a few bucks? Not only are those great for organizing your shoes, but they’re great for making an herb garden out of! Ideally, you’ll want one with pretty deep pockets so there is enough room for the herbs to grow, and if the pocket doesn’t allow drainage, you can always poke a few holes in them, but these make for a super simple and cheap herb garden that takes up minimal space.
Whether you’re a new gardener that hasn’t purchased a watering can yet, or you just like to give new life to things, milk jugs make for great watering cans. All you have to do is poke a few holes in the lid then you’ve got a full gallon vessel you can use for watering. Milk jugs are especially great if you’ve got a lot of plants that need watering.
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