For all of us who like to garden, there are always little problems to be solved. And let's face it. Gardening is a lot of work, so anything to make it easier is alway welcome! Here are 10 of my favorite, tried and true gardening hacks I think you'll appreciate!
1. Sprinkle Cinnamon on Seedlings. It stimulates stronger root growth, prevents fungus, and is a pest deterrent.
2. Make free, biodegradable root pots from toilet paper rolls. Plant right in the ground!
3. Use wine bottles to water while you're away. Going away for a few days? Fill empty wine bottles and turn upside down and it will water just the right amount to keep plants healthy!
4. Plastic bottle watering can. Don't have a watering can? Here's a quick, easy and inexpensive solution. Simply poke some holes in the screw top of an empty plastic bottle, fill it up, and problem solved!
5. Sweeten your tomato plants with baking soda. Just sprinkle a small amount of baking soda around each plant (about 1/4 cup). You can also mix about 1 tsp per gallon in water and use them to water plants. Tomatoes are sweeter when the soil has lower levels of acidity.
6. Use an old pallet to hang garden tools. I love repurposing things and this is so easy! You only have to add some hooks, stain or paint it if you want, and done!
7. Sprinkle Hydrogen Peroxide on your seedlings and plants. Hydrogen Peroxide can be a gardener's best friend! And it's organic! Just mix 1 cup of HP with 2 gallons of water and water in the evening. It helps with soil aeration, disinfects pots and compost materials, boosts root development, fights fungal infections and is an insect repellant.
8. Forks in the garden? No, they're not so you can start eating your salad right away! If you have uninvited guests nibbling on your veggies, this will send the away!
9. Re-use that cooking water. Don't throw out that water you've just boiled potatoes or eggs or broccoli in! Dump it on plants to add extra nutrients. You have a ready made "compost tea."
10. Use coffee filters to line pots. This will keep the water from draining so fast and keep roots damp longer, so you don't need to water as often.