20 Simple Gardening Tricks For Beginners
Just get started planting your flowers or veggies? No green thumb required, here are some foolproof gardening tricks you can likely use.
1. Use Coffee Grounds as Natural Fertilizer
Coffee can make an ideal fertilizer for plants like roses, blueberry bushes and evergreens because of its acidic nature. There are plenty of fundamental benefits you can get from this tip: it adds nutrition to the ground, makes texture and drainage better and keeps pests away from your veggies.
2. Turn a Milk Jug into a Watering Can
Why waste money on buying an expensive watering can when a milk jug has it all? Pick a needle, either big or small, and heat it on a flame before you pierce the lid of the milk jug with it.
3. Soak Your Seeds in Warm Water 24 Hours Before Planting
Getting started to planting some new seeds in your garden? You don’t want to miss out this old-time gardening trick -- soak the seeds in warm water 24 hours before planting. But remember not to soak them for too long, and make sure that you plant them after the soaking period ends.
4. No More Dirty Fingernails
Soiled fingernails are inevitable for every gardener, but it can be pretty tricky to remove the dirt and grime from your fingernails. Scrape your fingernails along a bar of soap before gardening so the solvent can form a barrier under your nails.
5. Keep Your Plants Moist With A Diaper
Place a clean diaper at the bottom of the pot to keep the moisture level high in your potted plants. A diaper can absorb water and keep it in the pot. Make sure you place it with the absorbent side up.
6. Use Beer As A Slug Trap
A quick solution to get rid of the slugs infesting your garden: beer. Pour some beer in a tuna can or a bowl, then plant it into the ground. The slugs will be drawn to it, then fall into the beer. But remember that you should plant the beer glass at least 1'' above soil level.
7. Recycle Cooking Water to Water Plants
Your plants will appreciate it if you water them with cooking water, because the water is packed with nutrients. But remember to let the water cool down before you use it to water your plants.
8. Sweeten Planted Tomatoes With Baking Soda
Do your tomatoes taste too tart? You can simply make them sweeter by sprinkling baking soda on the plant’s soil, but be careful not to let it get on the leaves or the plant. This is because baking soda will lower the soil’s acidity levels.
9. Curb Weeds In A Natural Way
Stop using those heavy chemicals to kill weeds in your garden, there is a natural solution for you right at home. Find an empty bottle or pump sprayer, combine ½ cup of liquid dish soap, 1 gallon of white vinegar, ¼ cup of salt, then mix and shake until blended.
10. DIY Pesticide-free Spray To Fight Pests
Mix 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 cup of cooking oil and then blend 4 teaspoons of the oil mixture for every 1 pint of water. This spray can spare your garden from the infeststion of aphids, spider mites and more.
11. Test Seeds For Planting Quality With A Glass of Water
Not sure about whether your older seeds can still be planted successfully? Here is a simple test by dropping them in a glass of water. If the seed sinks to the bottom, it’s a good one, but if it floats up, you can toss it aside.
12. Pack a planter with pool noodles to reduce soil use, improve drainage
Pool noodles are easy to find in summer at any discount store or dollar store. Chop them into small pieces, then place at the bottom of the pot, then fill with dirt. It can save soil costs, plus improve drainage.
13. Add Calcium To Your Garden With Eggshells
Save the eggshells when cooking and grind them up into powder. They are packed with calcium which can give a boost of calcium to the soil. You can also put the cracked eggshells in the ground because they also deter pests away.
Growing microgreens is not complicated, and all you’ll need are seeds, potting soil, and shallow tray. A recycled baking dish or container will do the trick.
15. Deter cats with coffee grounds
Cats can view the entire outside as one giant litter box, and that includes your garden or plants. By sprinkling coffee around your garden, you can deter cats from doing their business here.
16. Label your plants with plastic forks
By planting plastic forks with their tines down in the soil, you can use them as label markers. You can also make them into a barrier to protect your plants from animals.