Traditional gardening ideas and suggestions are nice, but they’re not always the best and most effective ways to get things done. Through my own experience and some Internet research, I’ve found some great hacks that will help you get the best vegetable garden at a fraction of the time, effort, and cost!
To make sure seedlings are properly cared for, it’s often a good idea to grow them outside of the garden and then transplant them when they’re big enough. Grow your seedlings in an eggshell, and they’ll get a lot more nutrients from the shell! Plus, it’s adorable.
If you don’t have any extra egg shells lying around, you could also use a citrus rind, from a lemon or a similar fruit. Again, the lemon provides nutrients that help the seedling grow and be healthy.
If you want sweeter tomatoes, then just mix a bit of baking soda into the soil around them! The baking soda will take sour or bitter tomatoes and turn them much sweeter!
If you have an issue with garden pests like mosquitos, then plant herbs and other plants around the garden to repel them. Citronella is a great plant to ward of mosquitos and keep your garden safe!
Try your hand at composting in order to give your plants tons of nutrients and vitamins! It doesn’t take a lot of effort to start a compost pile, and you’ll feel great that your food scraps are going to good use!
Speaking of scraps, some of them can actually be used to grow things in your garden! This will save you tons of money when it comes to buying starters! Things like garlic, leeks, and fennel are just a few food scraps that you can use to regrow things.
If you’re about to plant, then soak the seeds in warm water 24 hours before they go into the ground. This helps encourage growth and helps the seeds better take root in the garden! Give those little guys a fighting chance!
You can also spread coffee grounds around your garden if you’re having a pest problem. Some animals don’t like the smell of the coffee grounds, so they’ll avoid your garden, and some bugs don’t like it either.
If that doesn’t work, then take eggshells, crush them up, and sprinkle them around the base of your plants. The shells act as sharp and jagged protectors so snails and other such pests can’t climb up onto your plants.
If you’re growing any kind of melon or large plant, then prepare a sling for them! This will keep the stem healthy because it won’t bend under all the weight of the melon, plus it will allow you to let the melon or other plant to grow longer, meaning it will be bigger and better!
To help prevent disease in younger plants, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over them every now and then.
Before you plant all of your seeds, make sure you test them if they’re a bit old. Simply put a few on a wet paper towel and see if they sprout little roots. If so, then they’re still good. If not, then you’ll probably want to buy new seeds.
If you’re having issues with pets and other animals ruining your garden, then try putting plastic forks into the soil. This will ward off any creeping animals because they won’t be able to step around in your garden without getting their paws poked!
If you’re growing a lot of different types of veggies, then it can be confusing to keep all their instructions and preferences straight. Instead of running to the Internet or a book to remind yourself, just put their information on a little key ring. That way, the information is all in one spot whenever you need it.
Build or buy a self-watering device to keep your plants well hydrated and taken care of. You can make one out of an old wine bottle or water bottle, so it’s not that much of an investment.
For plants growing in pots, put a coffee filter on the bottom of the planter to control the drainage. This allows enough water to stay in and hydrate your plant well slowly letting out any excess! It’s a pretty clever idea!