Nine amazing garden hacks you’ll wish you thought of long ago!
Few things are better than picking something in your garden and popping it directly into our mouth, but how many of us really have time to keep up our garden? Fortunately, with the help of these nine cool hacks, you might now!
Check these nine cool tricks that can save you both time and your garden below:
1. Baking Soda Sweetener and Anti-Fungal Spray
Baking soda can lower soil acidity and produce sweet tomatoes, provided you use it in moderation. Sprinkle around established plants. Similarly, you can use baking soda, vegetable oil, and castile soap to make an anti-fungal spray.
2. Buy Once, Regrow Forever Veggies
You know how sometime your potatoes will sprout roots even just sitting in your cupboard? There is a long list of vegetables including green onions, carrots, sweet potato, leeks and garlic that can be re-planted and grown indefinitely from one origin.
3. Eggshell and Coffee Grinds
A great way to avoid blossom rot and add nutrients to your soil is to simply use eggshells and coffee grinds as compost.
4. Epsom Salt to Fertilize and Prevent Blossom End Rot
Not just a good addition to your bath soak, epsom salts can work wonders on your garden. Just adding a bit of epsom salt helps increase nutrient absorption, fortify seed germination, deter pests, improve soil moisture and grow better tasting fruits and veggies. Be sure you are using all natural and fragrant free epsom salts.
5. Milk as Fertilizer
Believe it or not, plants need calcium just like we do and using milk as a fertilizer will help plants grow and also works as an effective and safe antifungal agent. It also comes in very handy to defeat powdery mildew!
6. Mosquito Repellers
Lemonbalm, peppermint, lavender and rosemary are not just great additions to your afternoon tea, but planting them in your backyard will keep mosquito’s away and subsequently other pests. There are other plants that deter those little vampires as well.
7. Potato Roses
With the help of a potato, you can regrow an entire rosebush from a simple stem. Simply cut your stem at a 45 degree angle, then stick into a potato before planting the bundle in the ground; the potato helps the rosebush get going.
8. Vacation Watering
There are a couple of tricks that can keep your plants watered when you’re away. For potted plants, simply run a paper towel from a glass of water and across the soil. As the paper towel slowly soaks up the water, it’ll in turn supply it to the soil, keeping moisture consistent for up to three days. For outdoor gardens, fill a 5 gallon water jug, then use a tack to place a small puncture that will drain slowly on the bottom edge – and voila, you can have up to weeks away with the right size hole!
9. Winter Wheatgrass
Regardless of the season, you can use eggshells as a mini garden to grow wheatgrass indoors. Simply stock them with soil and plant your seedling. Wheatgrass is one of the easiest sprouting plants there is.