50 best gardening hacks of all time

Do you have a home garden? Are you looking for interesting gardening tips and tricks to grow your choice of plants in it?

 Gardening is a fantastic hobby for those that are enthusiastic about it and there’s always so much to learn and new tricks to find out.

Well, whether you are cultivating only vegetables, flowers, herbs or all of them, these gardening hacks will bring you success for sure. 

These hacks will not only accelerate the gardening process but will also help you to keep your garden fresh, healthy, and squeaky clean.

Sometimes gardening can be a time-consuming process with the most menial tasks taking longer than anticipated. With these hacks, you’ll be able to save yourself a lot of time.  

So, without any further delay, let’s move to the fifty best gardening hacks of all time!

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50. Making Non-Stick Shovel

If you are an avid gardener, you know the value of your shovel. Gardening work begins with digging the soil with a shovel, which often gets stuck to mud. To avoid this problem, take some silicone or Teflon lubricant and spray it on the shovel using a spray bottle. This method will make it a lot more effortless for you as the soil will slip off easily. After trying this hack, you can dig soil without shaking your shovel every time to clean the mud.

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non stick shovel

49. Heating the Seedlings

Did you know that heating your seedlings slightly can help them grow faster than usual? Yes, you can consider giving your seedlings some heat and the method is quite easy. Put a heating mat under the seedlings tray and the warm temperature will start to promote the growth. If your seedlings are in individual containers, this hack is going to give you the best results. Also, make sure you do not overheat your seedlings as that will cause more harm to them.

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48. Adding Milk to the Garden

If you want to nourish your garden by adding that extra potion to the soil, you can think of adding milk, which is considered one of the most nutrition-dense foods. Mixing milk into the soil will not only make it nourished but also keep fungus at bay owing to its anti-fungal powers. Though you won’t want to add fresh milk to the garden soil, you can try this hack with the expired milk in your refrigerator. Even if your milk has gone thick and sour, it will be equally helpful for your garden.

milk in garden

47. Plant Fasteners with Zip Ties

If you have beautiful vines in your garden, you must be knowing how difficult it is to convince them to grow upwards. Sometimes, you may notice that they grow just in the opposite direction to ruin all your effort. However, you shouldn’t worry anymore because this hack is going to save you from this kind of hassle. All you need to do is fasten zip ties around the vine stalks and wrap them loosely with something stable. Make sure you don’t tie the vines too hard as that will hamper their growth.

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46. Salad Bar in Greenhouse

Have you recently visited a salad bar and collected the plastic clamshell container? You can try this hack if you have done so. The plastic clamshell container can be reused in your garden as a mini greenhouse where you can plant new seeds. To begin with, wash the container thoroughly with water and then create small holes in the top of it using a sharp tool. The purpose of making these holes is to ensure ventilation. Fill the container with water, plant the seeds, water them and close the lid. Keep the container in a sunlit zone and watch your seeds sprout.

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45. PVC Pipes for Dense Plants

Do you want to fertilise your plants in an effortless way? If yes, then this garden hack is all you need. Fertilising requires you to reach the base of the plants so that they get enough nutrition from the root. You can use a two-inch PVC pipe to do the trick when fertilising dense plants in your garden. Carefully place one end of the pipe at the base of the plant and use the other end to pour fertiliser into the pipe. You may need a wider opening so that you can easily pour fertiliser and the best solution will be cutting the top of the pipe diagonally at 45 degrees.

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44. Garden Markers with Painted Stones

If you visit a few nurseries, you will notice painted river rocks with labels on them. These rocks are used as plant markers in the nurseries, which not only help you identify the plants easily but also enhance the aesthetic appeal of the surroundings. You can collect some garden stones and paint them in your own style or label them. All you need for this hack are some pretty colours and a marker pen. The best part of this hack is that you can write anything on the rocks, be it a song or a poem.

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43. Potatoes for Rose Cuttings

Did you ever know that potatoes can be used for propagating rose cuttings? Yes, and the method is so simple that anybody can try it. To begin with, cut some healthy stems from a rose plant and push the bottom of each stem carefully into a large-sized potato. Once done, bury the potatoes about four inches down the ground. You need to make a mixture of peat moss and soil to make the ground more fertile. Rose stems will need some time to grow roots and meanwhile, the potatoes will keep the moisture level intact.

42. Cardboard Garden Cover

Raised garden beds look amazing but they are pretty expensive installations. How about creating a raised garden bed using inexpensive cardboards? To begin with, collect a cardboard sheet of your preferred size and place it over your garden. The cardboard will add a carbon layer to the ground and also prevent weeds and grass from growing. This method can be healthy for your garden soil before you plant vegetables. However, make sure the cardboard is solid enough and there are no openings because otherwise, weeds will surpass those areas.

cardboard in garden

41. Solarising Tips for Garden

Here is another weed prevention trick that is simple and only needs one piece of equipment – a large black plastic sheet that you’ll get at any nearest supermarket. All you need to do is cover your entire flower bed with the plastic sheet and then pour water on the sheet. The sheet will prevent sunlight from entering the flower bed and therefore hinder weed growth. On top of it, the water will turn to steam and protect your flower bed further. Trying this method for thirty days before plantation will also kill the harmful pests and insects residing in your garden.

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40. Traps to Cover Dug Areas

Most gardens have weed seeds which can hinder plant growth to a great extent. For this reason, removing weeds, again and again, is seen as a tedious task by the gardeners. Well, you don’t have to feel the same way as here is an innovative trick to cover your freshly dug areas using a trap. You can use some large vessels or containers to cover those areas so that sunlight doesn’t pass through them. It will prevent the weed seeds from growing in the dug areas easily.

digging hole in garden

39. Invasive Plant Prevention Method

Some plants and herbs can spread their roots inside the soil, making it difficult for other plants to grow. If you are noticing this problem and looking for a simple way out, here is a handy trick. Plastic gardening pots work as invasive plant preventers and if you have one or more plastic plant pots in your garden, here is what you have to do. Just take the pots, cut off the bottom and bury them inside the soil. This method can help you prevent invasive roots from reaching your favourite plants. It will also let you have control over the sizes of the plants.

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38. Keeping Animals Out with Plastic Forks

We’ve already explained how you can transform your leftover chopsticks into cute plant markers but did you even know that you can reuse your old plastic forks in your garden to keep animals out? Though animals are welcomed in most gardens, some animals can be a threat because they’ll raid all your crop. To try this hack, you can simply plant the forks with tips pointed out on the garden soil and animals such as squirrels, rabbits, deer and other animals won’t enter your premises.

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37. Vertical Garden with Hanging Pockets

Do you want to create a simple vertical garden using easily available materials? Then, this gardening hack can be perfect for you. To begin with, choose any ordinary pocket organiser from your wardrobe or shoe rack and clean it thoroughly. Then, find a suitable place in your garden to place the hanger. The location can be any wall or door in your garden that needs some décor. Fill the pockets with potting soil and sow your choice of seeds in each of them.

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36. Old Planters Recycling Method

If you have old planters that don’t look attractive anymore, there is always a chance to use them again by adding layers of colours and decorative elements. If you want to give them a simple and rustic appearance, look no further than earthy tones such as terracotta and dark brown. Or, you can make them look vibrant by choosing pink, yellow, green, red and blue shades. You can also add geometric patterns and multiple colours to each planter. The result is going to please you and inspire your garden visitors for sure.

makeshift planters

35. Plant Labels with Chopsticks

Do you have a good collection of chopsticks but they are left unused in the pantry? Or, do you throw away leftover chopsticks after your every meal? Then, how about recycling them by creating some cool plant markers? To try this hack, wash the chopsticks thoroughly with water and then let them dry for a few hours. Take a permanent marker pen and label the name of your plants. If you have one or more seed packets, you can also attach them to the chopsticks to make gardening more organised.

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34. Mini-Greenhouse Planters with Recycled Items

Used plastic bins are versatile tools that make great components of a lot of recycled products. If you want to use some old plastic bins for your garden, the best way is to make miniature greenhouses with them. Old plastic bins are just perfect for growing new seedlings and young plants. They can be transformed into mini-greenhouses easily when you cut them into your desired size with a sharp knife. Don’t forget to dig a hole at the bottom as that will drain the excess water. If you feel like labelling the greenhouses using a marker pen, go ahead.

mini greenhouse

33. Plant Stand with Ladder

Want to create more space in your home garden? If yes, then here is a hack that you can try. You can make a ladder plant stand in your garden to deck it up with your choice of plants and add more space. If you have a very small outdoor space for a garden or if you want to grow indoor plants, this hack sounds perfect. Ladder plant stands to look beautiful by adding more layers to your home and garden décor. Depending upon the size of the ladder you choose, you can keep as many plants as you want.

plants on ladder

32. Vinegar to Check Soil Moisture

If you are looking for new methods of checking the pH balance of your garden soil, here is a useful one. To try this method, you need white vinegar and baking soda. You need to prepare two mixtures using your soil, vinegar and baking soda. The first mixture should contain soil and vinegar and the second one should contain soil and baking soda. If you see bubbles forming in the first mixture, it means your soil is alkaline. If you see bubbles forming in the second mixture, it means your soil is acidic.

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31. Newspaper to Smother Weeds

Weeds surfacing in the garden is one of the most common problems and if you are facing it, here is a simple hack to try. You need to cover the garden bed with a layer of newspapers before mulching. It will help you smother the weeds effectively. After you create the newspaper layer, you can drop the mulch layer to create the planting bed. Though all weeds are not harmful, some can be really bad for your garden because they soak plenty of water and block the sunlight.

newspaper for garden weeds

30. Epsom Salt for Transplanting

Whether you have to transplant frequently or occasionally, there are hacks to retain the richness of your garden soil and save your plants from decay. Epsom salt is a common agent that has been extensively used for medicinal purposes. While it’s capable of healing pain and reducing stress, it can add nourishment to your garden soil and plant. Whenever you are planning to transplant, you can dig a hole in the soil and pour about one tablespoon of Epsom salt on the soil. Then cover it with dirt and place your favourite plants on top of it. This method will help your plants and soil from sudden transplant shock.

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29. Plant Fertiliser with Cooking Water

Next time you boil eggs or some vegetables, don’t discard the water. Instead, let the water completely dry and then pour it on your plants. This is a simple hack that can help you fertilise your plants naturally. Boiled egg water and vegetable starch contain some amount of vital nutrients that you can use on your plants. It will help your plants and soil maintain good health by providing them with essential minerals and vitamins. You can try this method twice to thrice a week and continue it for a month to see the change yourself.

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28. Nappies to Retain Moisture

If you have beautiful hanging baskets and pots in your garden, watering must be a challenge because all the water that you provide to your plants drips off easily from hanging containers. However, to help you in the process of watering your plants, nappies can be extremely useful. To try this hack, you need to lay nappes on the soil with the absorbent sides up. Doing this will keep the soil moist for quite a long time. However, this hack is more useful in warm environments than cold environments.

nappies in hanging baskets

27. Honey to Help Plant Cuttings

Honey is nature’s boon to us, which protects us in multiple ways. While we use honey as a food ingredient, it can work excellently when we put it on our skin. Honey is a natural moisturiser that treats skin dryness and other problems. But did you know that honey can be used to hydrate all your plants? Yes, you can use honey on your plants to promote root growth. For your plants, honey works as a rooting hormone, which can help you cut them without much hassle. Honey also saves plants from fungal infections and other diseases.

honey on plants

26. Saving Root Rots with Hydrogen Peroxide

If you are noticing plant root rots due to fungal diseases or any other reason, you need to take immediate steps to recover them. While there are so many chemical solutions available, some are not as harsh as others. Hydrogen peroxide is one such mild solution that is vividly used as an antiseptic to treat skin diseases such as fungal infection. You can use hydrogen peroxide on your plant too if you see root decay. To improve your plant’s root system, you can use one part hydrogen peroxide with thirty-two parts water on a daily basis.

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25. Sharp Gardening Tools Holder

Do you have one or more sharp gardening tools that you want to keep in a secured way in the garden? Then you must try this wonderful hack that’ll not only allow you to create a permanent space for accommodating all your sharp gardening tools but will also keep them clean and sharpened. To try this hack, take a large terracotta pot that you’ll use as the tool holder. Then, fill it with plenty of sand and a small portion of mineral oil. Mix them together and keep all your sharp tools inside the pot.

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24. Garden Tools Pepping Pallet

There are several ways you can make your garden more organised and this one is a must-try. All you need is a wooden pepping pallet that’s quite easily available at hardware or furniture stores. Or, if you are thinking of discarding your used pepping pallet, you can do it with that one as well. Start by fixing some hanging hooks on the pallet so that you can hang your garden tools on it. Then, attach one of two hooks at the back of the pepping pallet as that will help you to hang it on a garden wall.

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23. Vinegar as Weeds Cleaner

One of the most common problems gardeners face is controlling weeds that pop up again and again. Weeds are not good for plant health and hence they should be cleared quite often. The easiest way to do this is using white vinegar to kill those pesky plants as vinegar is known to be a natural weed killer. This method is eco-friendly and much better than using chemical weed control products. As you apply vinegar to the weeds, they will be killed within two to three days. You can use vinegar with 5% or more concentration for the best results.

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22. Coffee Filters for Clog-Free Soil

Are you one of those avid coffee drinkers who use plenty of coffee filters? Then you can use the filters in your garden for the smart handling of pots. Sometimes, you need to re-pot a plant and you end up creating a lot of mess as the soil clogs up. You can create a lining inside the pot with a coffee filter and then add the soil when you are planting from scratch. It will help you in the future when you have to re-pot the plant. The soil will not sneak out when you water the plant.

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21. Self Watering for Multiple Days

The next time you plan for a long holiday, no need to call your neighbour to water your plants. This is a common problem many gardeners face and here is a perfect solution to it. To try this hack, you need a glass jar filled with clean water and a rope made of cotton. Simply dip one side of the rope in the jar and place the other side on the planter. You can use a big rope that will connect all the planters in the same row. As the water will be soaked by the rope, it will be slowly delivered to the plants.

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20. Disease Control with Cinnamon Powder

Cinnamon is known for its anti-fungal properties and hence it can help you keep your seedlings fresh and healthy. A common sidling disease is Damping Off, which is basically a white furry fungus that usually attacks the stems of the seedlings, making them weak and even causing seedling death. To prevent it, you can sprinkle some cinnamon powder on the seed cells to kill the fungus right away. You can also do it on unaffected seedlings to eliminate the chances of new fungus growth. Do it occasionally and your seedlings will be all right.

Cinnamon Powder

19. Pest Control with Grounded Coffee

Are your garden plants prone to pest attacks? If yes, you can try this garden hack to get a temporary solution. Coffee grounds can help you get rid of garden pests and insects in an effective way. Though coffee grounds aren’t known to provide enough nutrition to the plants or do anything extraordinary to the soil, they can work as a compost pile to work against pest attacks. The next time you prepare coffee and think of discarding the grounds, don’t. Instead, sprinkle the grounds on the soil and see how the insects leave your plants instantly.

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18. Milk Jug Watering Cans

Are you planning to buy one or more watering cans for your garden? What about creating the cans yourself using recycled materials such as the huge old plastic milk jug? To start with, check if the lids of the milk jugs are working well in sealing water. Then, heat a needle and start to poke multiple holes in the lids so that water can pass through them freely. Once you are done, check again by pouring enough water into the jars and seeing how they work. This is one of the simplest hacks that you can easily try at home without using too much equipment.

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17. Wine Bottle Planters

Self-watering is the best way to keep your plants nourished when you are busy with some other work or you are leaving your plants for two-three days. For this hack, you need a few terracotta plant watering stakes that are available online or at the nearest nurseries. However, make sure that the stakes are fitting to the sizes of wine bottles you are going to use. Fill the bottles with clean water and cover the lid with stakes. Then, turn the bottle upside down and stick the stakes to the plant’s soil. The terracotta will start absorbing water, which will slowly reach the soil and keep your plants nourished for long.

wine bottles for watering

16. Seed Starters with K-Cups

Just like citrus wall plant seedlings, this method will help you grow new seedlings through recycling. If you have a coffee maker at home that requires K-Cups to make coffee, this method is apt for you. A lot of these K-Cups go straight to the waste bin unless you do something productive with them. The size of these K-Cups makes them ideal for growing seedlings in your garden. So, just fill them with potting soil and sow your favourite seeds carefully. Water the K-Cups and you will see new seedlings growing very soon. To identify the names, you can label the K-Cups using a marker pen.

coffee k cups

15. Mosquito Control with Herbs

Are mosquitos bugging you too much when you visit your garden? Well, there is a permanent solution to it if you prefer organic methods instead of using chemical mosquito repelling products. There is a wide variety of herbs that can naturally repel mosquitos such as lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon thyme, basil, peppermint and others. You can easily find their seeds at the nearest nursery or online as most of these are common herbs. These plants are also ideal when you want to use them for food. So, overall, this organic method is better for you and your garden health.

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14. Mosquito Repelling Plants

There are so many helpful plants that will keep mosquitos at bay. Most of these are floral or fragrant plants that are disliked by those pesky insects. Catnip, eucalyptus, marigold, lavender, pennyroyal and garlic are among the helpful plants. There are loads of other benefits of these plants, be it for medicinal purposes or cooking. Mosquitos are a real problem when you go outdoors and they can be dangerous for your health. As you keep these plants in your garden, you don’t have to use mosquito repelling sprays or chemical products that are equally harmful.

marigold

13. PVC Pipes Trellis

Adding trellis to your garden will not only make it look more organised but will also help you cultivate cucumbers and a lot of other climbers. While you can buy fences and trellis that are easily available, you can also consider making them on your own. PVC pipes can be a great option if you are making trellis at home. You can link together multiple PVC pipes and make a design that suffices your needs. Cut PVC pipes according to the structure of your design and link them carefully so that they are firm enough to sustain for a long time.

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12. Recycled Garden Critters

You can create adorable garden critters using recycled household materials. You will need simple and easily available materials such as old plastic bottles, ropes, bottle caps, tin cans, hangers, clothes, towels, newspapers, or anything that can be creatively transformed into a creature. Just make a blueprint and start working on it by collecting the materials you need. You may need some additional equipment such as adhesives, colours, painting brushes, nails, screws and screwdrivers to try different ideas. Whether you want to make them look realistic or just funny and symbolic, the choice is absolutely yours. When done, place them at an attractive location and your garden will look amazing.

plastic bottles for garden critters

11. Wine Cork Plant Markers

For plant markers, there are plenty of cool ideas and this one is a must-try. Just like the broken ceramic markers, wine cork markers will also let you recycle the used products in a fantastic way. If you are an avid wine drinker and you have collected too many corks, you can retain them by writing down the names of your plants and placing them on the planters with the help of a chopstick or any sharp stick that will be dug into the soil. You can also colour the corks and use them as markers if you want to add another layer of design.

wine corks

10. Cobblestone Garden Ground

How about creating a cobblestone patio or path in your garden that looks amazing? Well, you can do it on your own when you try this hack. Cobblestones look pretty charming when you use them in outdoor spaces and they can accentuate with almost all types of garden décor. To start with, mark the path you want to create and clean it properly. Then, dig the soil according to the height of the cobblestones you are using. Next, place the cobblestones while keeping a half-inch gap between them. Mix cement with water and spread it to cover the gaps between the cobblestones. Let it dry overnight and your cobblestone patio is ready.

cobblestones

9. Strawberry Tower with Reservoir

A Strawberry tower is a great idea when you want to grow more delicious strawberries in a limited space. The tower not only enhances the beauty of the environment but also makes your plant self-sustainable as it allows you to drip water slowly through it. To try this hack, you need a few nursery plastic pots with holes at the bottom, a one-litre plastic bottle, and good potting soil. Now, cut multiple one-inch holes on the sides of the planters and at the bottom of the bottle with a sharp tool. Then, add soil and place the bottle at one planter, which will be on the top of the tower. Finally, sow strawberry seeds on all the planters and stack all of them together.

_Strawberry Tower with Reservoir

8. Citrus Wall Plant Seedlings

You can make a place for the seedlings to grow by using a hollowed-out citrus rind. We already know how useful citrus peel is for compost heap but this method is something most of us would have never tried before. It can actually help you find an organic method of gardening as you no longer have to buy seedling trays and pots. To try this method, put some soil inside the citrus rind and sow the seeds in it. Water it as required and your seedling will start to grow in a few days.

citrus rind

7. Baking Soda Tomato Sweetener

For many gardeners, the reason to grow tomatoes at home is the fact that they are much sweeter and juicier than the ones sold at the supermarket. But, is there any way to make them even sweeter and delicious? Yes, you can ace it by simply adding some baking soda to the tomato plant base or the soil. However, it’s better if you avoid adding them directly to the plant and only sprinkle them on the soil covering the plant. The result is juicy tomatoes that are sweeter and very delicious.

baking soda

6. Plant Markers with Broken Pots

Whether you have a small kitchen garden or a big outdoor garden in your house, plant markers help you identify all your plants easily. So, how about creating some DIY plant markers with recycled materials? You can use some materials like broken ceramic that will otherwise go straight to the trash bin. This is perhaps the best way to make use of the broken pots in the garden. Simply choose the best pieces of broken ceramic and mark the names of the plants using a permanent marker pen or acrylic colour. Finally, place the plant markers on the pots.

broken pots

5. Eggshells Nourishment for Plants

Did you know that eggs could do a lot more than give you a daily protein boost? Well, the next time you cook eggs in your kitchen, do not throw the shells in the trash but use them for your plants. Eggshells are one of the most useful garden ingredients that can help you to nurture your plants. The soil in the planters needs a high amount of calcium, which you can fulfil by spreading eggshells around the bases of the plants inside the planters. Eggshells are also useful when you want to repel some insects and pests. So, you get a two-way benefit from this hack.

egg shells

4. Plastic Bottle Reservoir

This hack is quite similar to the drip feeder method explained above. The best time to apply this hack is in summer when your plants need extra water to survive. You need to choose plastic bottles that have an equal height to your planters. Take one plastic bottle and cut the bottom off with a sharp knife. Then, push the bottle into the soil right before you are going to plant a new sprout. Fill the bottle with water in the morning and let the soil slowly soak it during the entire day. This hack can be very helpful for plant growth.

plastic bottle watering

3. Moulded Concrete Planters

This is an immensely cool project for your garden where you can use the leftover cement and plastic containers to build new pots for the plants. The containers will work as moulds while giving the pots structures. However, make sure you choose the right sized containers for moulds because some plants will need larger pots than others. Start by mixing the cement with ¼th of water in a mixing container. Then, place one small container inside one large container and dig a small hole at the centre. Pour the mixed cement between the walls of the two containers and let them dry overnight. Remove the layers and your concrete planter is ready.

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2. Pot within a Pot

A whole lot of gardening issues can be instantly solved when you try this hack. Sometimes, you have to move your potted plant outside to let the bright sunlight nurture them. Or, sometimes you need to shift your potted plants in order to remove those encroaching tree roots and other obstructions from the soil. These are among several other reasons why you need to try this method. To start with, you need one larger pot and one smaller pot that contains the plant. Then, dig a hole in the soil and bury one larger-sized pot in it. Insert the smaller pot with the plant in it and you’re done.

plant pot within a pot

1. Old fizzy drink Bottle Drip Feeder

Have you ever thought that your plants could do better when you watered their roots instead of watering them from overhead? Well, some vegetables such as spinach and tomatoes will grow healthier when you apply this trick. If you have an old plastic soda bottle at home, you can use it to create a drip feeder. Simply puncture some drainage holes in it with a sharp tool such as a barbeque skewer and place it underground next to the plant. Moisture will start to release very slowly from the drip feeder, helping the young plant grow. This method is also known for preventing fungus and diseases.

fizzy drink watering
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