Gardening Basics

Quick Gardening Tips

There are many ways to save money in the garden, as long as you know tips and tricks. Gardening can be very rewarding, but it’s also expensive, so it’s always good to know when to save a bit.

Also, these ideas are not just great for saving money but also make very handy tricks you can use to improve your garden and minimize the work needed to maintain it. None of these are big, flashy things but they will sure help you run your gardening hobby or a serious gardening effort:

Quick Tips

  • One of the most tiring thing is to measure things in the garden, because it means you have to carry a measuring tape or a stick with you wherever you go. Since you usually have many gardening tools to carry anyway, another tool will only make a mess. To avoid this problem, simply turn your rake into a measuring stick. Simplytake a yardstick and a marker to note feet and inches on the rake, so next time you go in the garden you will be able to measure anything quickly and easily. This is a great method for perfect planting an achieving those uniform, great rows and perfectly spaced plants. You can also use a shovel or a hoe for this purpose.
  • To improve functionality of your clay pots without having to buy more expensive ones simply line the bottom with a coffee filter. It will prevent soil from leaking out from the bottom holes while still keeping the soil moist.
  • Another trick for the pots: in order to save on some soil, take an empty plastic water bottles or clear milk jugs and place them on the bottom of a large pot. This will reduce the amount of soil you need and it will also require less soil to fill the pot.
  • To test your seeds for viability, take a few seeds (3 to 4) and put them on a wet paper towel. Close the towel inside a zip top bag. Wait for a week to 10 days to see if they are viable. If nothing grows, it’s a sign that the seeds are not viable.
  • You have a weed problem but don’t want to rely on chemicals? It’s a good call. Chemical products are not only expensive but can also endanger the health of the plant and be dangerous to people and animals. Use an eco-friendly variant: line your garden with a layer of old paper. On the top, put some pine needles, grass clippings or dried leaves.
  • Instead of purchasing expensive potting systems for seeds, simply use cardboard toilet paper rolls for the purpose. Put them inside a clean plastic container, such as the one used for salads in the supermarket. Fill each cardboard roll with potting soil and plant the seeds.

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