It’s that time of year again. The weather is warming, the birds are chirping and the greenery is thriving. The perfect time to get your garden up and growing. Gardening is a great way to get outside, relax and create an inviting outdoor space for your home, but it isn’t always easy. These ten tips and tricks will help you achieve your garden goals!
1. Clear Storage Bin Greenhouses
Seedlings are a great way to start a garden for cheap, rather than buying fully grown plants. If you’re new to gardening and trying to get your seedlings up and growing, clear plastic storage bins make great mini greenhouses! This is a cheap and easy way to make sure your seedlings are getting enough sun to grow into big, healthy plants.
2. Eggshells for Healthy Soil
Save your eggshells and crush them up to nourish your soil and give your plants some extra calcium. Sprinkling the shells around the plants base keeps the soil healthy and protects it from pests since the egg shells repel insects.
3. Make Your own Plant Markers
If you’re starting a garden, you should keep track of what you’ve planted with plant markers. You can make these plant identifiers yourself using some items you may have around the house. Collect your used wine corks to write labels on and stick them in your garden. Or you could use pieces of broken pottery or rocks to paint labels on. Another great way to label your plants is to glue seed packs to your old chopsticks and stick them in your planters.
4. DIY Concrete Planters
Pretty planters can be expensive, but they can also really make your garden come together. Make your own stylish planters with concrete and plastic container molds. This technique gives off a rustic look with rough edges that looks great in any garden.
5. Baking Soda for Sweet Tomatoes
Growing your own fruits and veggies means sweet, sunshine packed, fresh, produce for free! Want even sweeter tomatoes? Sprinkle baking soda on the soil of the plant, not the plant itself. The baking soda is a base that counteracts the acidity in the soil and makes for more sweet fruit.
6. Growing Seedlings
Start your seedlings for cheap by planting them in a citrus rind with some potting soil. Soon, you’ll be able to relocate the plant to your garden, but skip planting the rind so your soil doesn’t absorb the acidity. Another inexpensive way to start seeds is to collect your toilet paper rolls and fold them into little perfectly sized seedling starters. Old K-cups are great for seedlings too because the coffee grounds provide nutrients for the soil and you can up-cycle at the same time!
7. Concrete Block Raised Garden
Raised gardens are easier to plant, weed, water and harvest, but they’re also costly. Making your own raised garden can take a lot of time and effort. However, there is an easy, inexpensive way to create a unique raised garden using concrete blocks. The edges of this raised garden are made up of hollow concrete blocks that also make perfect planters.
8. Coffee Filters for Soil Spilling
If you have any experience with potted plants, you’ll understand the frustration of having soil spill from the bottom as you try to move them. Fix this issue easily by sticking coffee filters at the bottom of your plant pots.
9. Pallets for Planting
Pallets are a great, cheap building material for all kinds of DIY projects. Grow lots in less space with a vertical garden planter made of pallets. This easy, cheap, pretty planter allows you to grow a whole garden even if you don’t have a yard.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Garden
You might not expect apple cider vinegar to be a helpful addition to your garden shed, but this smelly liquid comes in handy for all sorts of garden uses. Keep pests away with the scent and bugs at bay by spraying. It’s also great for plants that thrive in acidic conditions, killing mold and getting rid of brown patches of grass caused by pets.