For some of us, gardening is a way of life. It is a fun and relaxing way to relieve stress and get outdoors. As fun as it may be, it can be a lot of work. There are a lot of things that could go wrong in your garden, and there are a lot of things you need to make sure go right. But all of this adds up. All of that fertilizer, bug repellent, and expensive gardening tools can really make a dip in your wallet. This can turn a hobby into a chore.
Luckily there is a solution. Thanks to gardening life hackers, we have figured out ways to improve our gardens on a budget. Using everyday items like pennies and water bottles can really expand the life of our garden and protect our plants from disastrous pests and bacteria. Best of all, these are all stuff we can do at home. No more trips to the gardening store!
The list below contains the top 17 gardening hacks for a better garden. All of these hacks are affordable and can easily be done with everyday items in your home right now. So what are you waiting for? Your plants are waiting for you!
1. Add coffee grounds to your soil
Coffee grounds are full of healthy plant nutrients! Put those coffee grounds in your garden, not in the trash. They also do a great job at keeping away pests.
2. Use plastic forks to protect your garden
Putting plastic forks in your garden between plants can help keep out rodents and other small animals.
3. Pour rice water in your soil
The next time you make some rice, save that water for the garden! Rice water is a safe and chemical free way to give your plants some extra nutrients.
4. Shield plants by using water jugs
Reuse water bottles by cutting out the bottom and planting a seedling in the actual bottle itself. This will help it absorb more rainwater and give it a shield to protect it from pests.
5. Eliminate grass using cardboard
If you have some grass that you would like out of the way, just lay down some cardboard. Then, lay compost or mulch over the cardboard. You need to add about six inches. Water until compacted. After two months, the ground will be ready for any decorative plants!
6. Put diapers in window boxes
Putting diapers in window boxes helps keep the plants moist and prevents water from draining out. A great little garden hack!
7. Use vodka to keep cut flowers fresh
Vodka kills bacteria that would normally make the flower wither. This a great way to keep roses and other cut flowers fresh.
8. Prevent slugs and snails using pennies
The copper in pennies keeps slugs and snails away from your favorite plants.
9. Increase plant survival with lemons
By cutting out the center of a lemon and adding soil and seed in there, you can expand the survival rate of your plants. The nutrients help it grow while preventing bacteria or pests.
10. Make your own upside down planters
Using just a two liter or an old garbage can, you can make your own upside down planters, just like the ones you see on TV! Great gardening hack for those who live in apartments.
11. Build your own mini tomato greenhouse
How cool would it be to have your own tomato greenhouse? There is a budget friendly way to make a mini one at home. Great for you tomato lovers!
12. Plant seeds in eggshells
Eggshells have the essential nutrients needed for the first stage in a plants life. Let delicate plants grow in an eggshell first before transferring them to your garden.
13. Make your own seedling box
Using some scrap lumber and an old window, you can create your own beautiful seedling box!
14. Build a self watering garden
A gardener on indestructible revealed a way to use the water disposed from your water heater as a way to self water your garden. Couldn’t hurt to try!
15. Get rid of slugs using beer
If you have a slug problem in your garden, just feed them some beer. Slugs will be attracted to the beer and drink it, but then they will die off and stop coming back.
16. Make your own earth box
An easy project that will help your plants grow bigger and stronger. Using a container, a drill for some holes, and some soil, you can make your own.
17. Build a mini greenhouse
Using a bottle, you can make your own mini greenhouse. This will help you get the life of your plant started. You can even take them anywhere!
Which gardening hacks are you going to use this year? What else do you do to save money in the garden?
With your garden in great condition, now you can finally have time to clean the garage! Read tips here: 19 Clever DIY Garage Organization Hacks.