Essential Gardening Tips That Anyone Can Use
Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Want to improve your gardening, then follow these tips to do so.

Removing Salt Deposits From Your Pots

To get rid of those pesky salt deposits on your garden's clay pots, start by combining standard rubbing alcohol, water, and white vinegar in a basic spray bottle. Spray over the affected area liberally and then scrub it away with a hard bristled brush. Allow it to dry overnight and then you'll be ready to plant something new!

Keep The Dirt Away From Your Fingernails

Preventing the pesky buildup of dirt underneath your nails after working in the garden all day is even easier than you'd expect. All you have to do is drag your nails over a bar of soap and they'll essentially be sealed off from any dirt and grime! After you're done, merely washing your hands and using a nailbrush will leave your nails just as good as new.

Prevent String Trimmer Line Breakage

If you'd like to help your string trimmer line last longer without breakage, simply apply vegetable oil spray before installing it.

Build Your Own Measuring Stick

Any tool with a long handle can be used as a measuring stick. Simply lay your tool of choice flat alongside a tape measure and mark every inch and foot line with a permanent marker on the handle. To make sure it never washes off or fades, you can apply any clear coat finish you have in your cabinets. By keeping your new measuring stick, garden tool combo on hand, you'll be able to space all of your plants evenly without the need of even more items to keep track of.

Keeping Garden Twine On Hand

To make sure you always have your twine when needed, consider keeping a ball of it inside a spare planter. The twine can even be pulled through the drainage hole if you turn it upside down. You'll never have to stop what you're doing to go on a twine hunt ever again!

Protect New Plants

If you want to keep your newer plants that are only in early stages from the elements, consider placing small to medium sized pots over them whenever the weather reports look hairy. Also, deer and other wildlife can be a problem as they will eat your plants and vegetables, thus installing a garden fence to keep them safe and blooming.

Building Your Own Hose Guide

You can also use clay pots to make a hose guide. Start by placing a foot long steel bar in the dirt near the corner of one of your beds and place two pots over it. (Make sure they face one another.) These guides can cut down on the damage done to your plants when bringing a hose to the bed.

Creating Natural Markers

Write the name of each plant down on stones with flat bottoms and place them in front of your planter bases.

Add a Fountain

Why not add an outdoor fountain to the space, as it can really add a lot to the garden and make it look spectacular.

Dealing With Aphids

If you have aphids, dealing with them is as simple as hitting them with a blast of water from your hose. Insecticidal soap also works wonders. To remove any that are still lingering on the underside of your leaves, you can remove them easily by sing a wide strip of tape wrapped around your hand with the adhesive side facing outward.

Reusing Water

When you steam or boil vegetables, the leftover water can be used to help nourish your potted plants! Save it back rather than letting it waste as it goes down the drain.

Reusing Coffee And Tea Grounds

Similarly, coffee and tea grounds can nourish plants that thrive from acidic substances. This will be perfect for the likes of rhododendrons, gardenias, camellias, blueberries, and azeleas. Just an inch or so distributed evenly will keep the pH balance at the perfect level.

Controlling Fungus

Chamomile tea can be used to mitigate the fungus that often impedes seedlings from growing properly. Adding even a small amount around the surrounding soil each week can work wonders.
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