Gardening is a wonderful hobby and a great way to spend time outdoors and grow your fruits, vegetables, and flowers. it can also be time-consuming and challenging, especially if you're new to it. Here are 10 easy gardening hacks that will make home gardening more easier and enjoyable.
1. Fertilising plants with coffee grounds
Coffee grounds can be used as an effective fertilizer since it is rich in phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, and magnesium. Coffee grounds also act as pest control against slugs, snails, and other unwanted critters. Sprinkle around some used coffee grounds around your garden for the twofold advantage!
2. Eggshell Fertiliser
Crush up some eggshells because not only do they provide a calcium boost to your plants but they also lower soil acidity and deter pests. Calcium is essential for strong cell walls in plants and preventing blossom end rot in tomatoes and peppers.
3. Eliminate fungus with cinnamon powder
Cinnamon, commonly found in our homes, has amazing antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Sprinkle some on young seedlings to prevent any potential fungal diseases.
4. Banana peel shake for plants
Don’t throw away your unwanted banana peels! Banana peels contain essential nutrients that plants love such as potassium, potash, calcium, and sulphur. Blend your banana peels with water to create a mixture that can be poured around your garden providing your plants a good nutrient boost.
5. DIY Watering Globe
Watering globes slowly release water into the soil, providing constant hydration for your plants. To make one at home, find an old empty bottle and clean it out. Make a small hole in its cap and fill water till the neck. Burrow it as deep as possible in a pot and keep it at an angle. The plants will absorb water from it as much as they require.
6. Weed killer with vinegar
If you want to avoid the chemicals found in commercial weed killers then this will be perfect for you. Mix 100 ml of vinegar with 1 spoon of salt and half a spoon of dish soap. Mix it all and pour the solution into a spray bottle to fight the weeds. The acetic acid in the vinegar breaks down the weed cell structure.
7. Stack your plants/ Try Vertical Gardening
If you seem to be running out of space in your home garden then it would be a wise idea to start stacking your pots. You can buy vertical planters which can be fixed to walls or fences. These will help you add variety to your garden without compromising on space.
8. Peppermint Oil Pest Deterrent
An easy way to protect your plants from ants is to combine a few drops of peppermint oil with water and spray it on the leaves of plants. Peppermint oil acts as a natural repellent and pesticide and is a safer choice than conventional chemicals.
9. Egg Carton Seed Starters
You can fill empty egg cartons with potting soil and plant seeds. Once your seedlings are ready to be planted, you can cut each section and plant it directly in the soil, since egg cartons are both biodegradable and compostable!
10. Milk Jug Watering Can
You can reuse milk jugs as a watering can by heating a needle and using it to poke small holes in the cap. These jugs last a long time and are an excellent way to recycle old waste.
These are some of the many gardening hacks that you can try at your home. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can find even more ways to make your gardening experience enjoyable and productive.
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