Don’t toss that water you used for boiling perfect eggs. Let it cool and toss it into your vegetable garden where plants will thank you for the added calcium.
Put a whole egg into a container garden before adding dirt and plants. The egg will decompose as a slow-release fertilizer.
Cut the top off of a two-liter soda bottle, remove the cap to allow air flow inside and cover seedlings to create a mini greenhouse. Or, you can make a more complex greenhouse using two soda bottles. Or, don’t cut the bottle in half. Poke holes in the side of the bottle and bury it next to a deep-rooted plant like tomatoes. Fill the bottle with water, which will slowly leach into the soil through the holes. This is a great tactic for travelers and busy gardeners.
While this solution might cost a few dollars, literally, some gardeners glue copper pennies to the top edges of raised planter beds. The pennies must touch or overlap. Copper repels snails and slugs and some gardeners promise that this technique keeps them out.
As your seedlings start to emerge, spritz them with a spot of chamomile tea every day. Its anti-fungal properties will help prevent what is called dampening off, which is when the seedlings become weak and yellow after being transplanted into the garden.
If you’re the type of person who likes perfectly-spaced plants. Mark ruler lines on your long gardening tools with a Sharpie or paint for easy measuring.
Cover container pot drainage holes with diapers or sponges to help pots retain water. Keep in mind that some diapers have chemicals to make them absorbent so you’d want to avoid using these with edible plants. Coffee filters work for this purpose, too, while allowing water to slowly drain out.
This is a great gardening hack if you want to get rid of weeds naturally. Create a DIY spray collar by cutting the top and bottom of a tin can. Use it to direct natural herbicides such as essential oils, citric acid, and vinegar to the weeds rather than allowing the spray to settle on other areas of your garden. This will also help make sure the herbicide doesn’t get on anything it isn’t supposed to.
It takes some time and dedication to care for the plants. It’s easy to get carried away with the enthusiasm of growing everything under the sun, but it’s better to start simple and small so you can take care of every single plant and possible.
Companion planting grows various crops in the same vicinity for several purposes, including optimizing space use, supplying nutrients, and preventing pests. Some species thrive when planted close to each other, while others can hinder one another’s growth. For example, Tomatoes (when they do coexist with basil) generate higher yields, hold mosquitoes, and fly away. Some allies of tomatoes are asparagus, cabbage, marigold, parsley, spinach, celery, onions, and lettuce. Keep out tomatoes from beets, corn, fennel, dill, potatoes, cabbage, and rosemary as far as enemies go.