10 Nifty Gardening Tips and Tricks

Gardening Tips

Crush up left over eggshells and sprinkle them over your garden– This gives your plants calcium and nutrients needed for them to grow strong- grinding the shells as fine as possible makes for easier absorption

Placing diapers or packing peanuts at the bottom of potted plants– both of these help to retain water and keep your plants moisturized longer. This is a great technique for plants that require frequent watering

Sprinkle/ spray Epsom Salt over your plants– this will do two things. Firstly it nourishes your soil with magnesium and sulfate, both of which are crucial for a plants diet. Secondly, it acts as a pesticide and wards off insects such as spider mites, caterpillars, cabbageworms and chewing insects.


Photo: The Great Gracie

Recycle the water left over from your steamed veggies– pouring this on your plants will act as a fertilizer and the vitamins from the veggies will be nourishing for your plants.

Plastic watering pot system– plant your seeds around an empty plastic pot in the ground. This pot will act as a well, keeping your plants moisturized longer.

WEED! – This is extremely important to do regularly. For one, they are horrible to look at and if left too long they will take over your beautiful plants and cause them to die

Recycle your aquarium water- the waste from your fish and the left overs of their food in the water contain tons of nutrients that are good for your plants

Green tea– not only is it nourishing for us, but our plants like it too! Green tea contains many antioxidants and nutrients that will build your plants to be strong and healthy


Photo: HGTV Gardens

Insecticide: blend together hot peppers, 1 large onion, a bulb of garlic and add water. Let the solution sit for a day, strain and then spray on your plants. This is a healthy alternative to store bought insecticides because you are not using harmful chemicals that are bad for you and your plants.

Recycle your coffee grounds- sprinkling these over the soil of your garden will add organic matter to your soil, which works to improve water drainage, retention and aeration in the soil. It will also promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms that your plants need to grow and will help to attract earthworms. Lastly coffee grounds act as a pesticide, warding off slugs, snails and other unwanted critters.




Alana Kitchen
Alana Kitchen
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