Nothing satisfies more than a gardener getting a bounty harvest from his/her garden. You also don’t have to spend lots of money on your garden when there are quick and fun solutions for most problems in the garden. Outlined below are a few tricks on how to make the most out of your garden.
1. Use eggshell to grow seedlings
Eggshells make great containers for starting seedlings. Instead of tossing the eggshells away, save them for the next vegetable seedlings. Among other benefits, egg shells add calcium to the soil as they self-decompose, a factor that eliminates plastic containers from the garden.
2. Use wine bottles for drip irrigation
This trick comes in handy when you have to water your vegetables on hot, dry days. Fill the used wine bottles with water, then place it upside down close to the roots. Water will drip out slowly keeping the soil moist, hence enough water for the vegetables.
3. Use coffee filters in watering pots
Placing coffee filters at the bottom of a watering pot helps slow down the rate of water draining from the same. Doing this means soil remains moist for much longer, hence reduce the need for watering frequently. The coffee filters will still allow water out but at a much slower rate.
4. Add some baking soda on the garden soil (for sweeter tomatoes)
If you love homegrown tomatoes, then this trick will work wonders on the yield. Sprinkling baking soda in the garden helps produce more succulent and sweeter tomatoes.
5. Use toilet paper for seed tape
You can use a toilet paper to serve the same purpose as the overpriced seed tape. Toilet paper works just as well and is a lot cheaper in the short and long run.
6. Use milk jugs to protect fragile plants
Frost is one of the risk factors that affect delicate new plants. Milk jugs provide one of the best ways to protect young plants from bugs and frost.
7. Organic pest control
Pests are not only a nuisance in the garden, but also contribute to low yields and crop quality. Planting flowers in the garden and onions around can help deter most pests from the garden.
8. Use kitchen scraps and citrus peels for organic fertilizer
The little scraps from your kitchen can be used to make compost, though in small quantities. This trick eliminates the need to buy compost from the local gardening stores. Citrus peelings provide extra nutrients for your plants.
9. Use Epsom salt to boost seedling viability
Epsom salt contains some of the vital minerals needed to improve germination rates and plant growth.
10. Protect the garden with plastic forks
Although it might seem odd, plastic forks can deter squirrels, rabbits, and raccoons from invading your garden. All you need is place them strategically to prevent easy access to the garden.
11. Use vegetable bulb cuttings for fresh crops
Onions, celery, and basil can be started from the cuttings you toss away as waste. Make these useful by setting the cuttings in some water and let them start growing again. You can transplant them later once proven viable.
12. Use a water bottle to irrigate your vegetables
If your plants require regular watering, then this hack will come in handy. All you need to do is look for a well-sized water bottle, drill tiny holes into it, then place it next to the plant. You can then fill the bottle with water. Water will drip out slowly thus quenching the plant’s need for moisture/water. You can refill the bottles a day or two after the water runs out.
13. Use an old t-shirt as a sling for watermelons
Watermelons grow bigger and heavier as they approach maturity. The extra weight can become too much for the mother vine, forcing the fruit to break off before it even ripens. To prevent this, rip an old t-shirt into a sling, then use it to support the large fruit. If you already had support erected, putting up the slings will not be too big an issue.