Gardening Tips and Tricks

Gardening is fun. Don't believe us? Try it for yourself. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing your plant sprouts and comes to fruition after spending time and effort on it - a rare thing in modern society these days. And here are some tips and tricks to make that easier for you. Seriously, try it out. 

With a Little Help from my Little LED 

Image Credits: Imgur/Canadianinger

Image Credits: Imgur/Canadianinger

LED light to help the plants grow? Yes - especially if you live in a colder country with less daylight. Imgur user Canadianinger did an experiment with LED lights and found out that they do grow better than those with only weak sunlight - the one on the left only received daylight, whereas the one on the right received LED lights as well, which appears greener. We are no experts here, but the plants without the LED suffered from etiolation due to the absence of light. You can also look at his setup here. 

Pipe Planters

Image Credits: Imgur/kssuperMemeBandit

Image Credits: Imgur/kssuperMemeBandit

If you want to start planting things at home but don't wanna spend extra money on planets, you might be able to repurpose something you already have at home. Pipes for example, just like what Imgur user kssuperMemeBandit did here. According to him, it isn't so difficult - simply heat up the pipe with a hairdryer and pushed a bottle right through. Get the soil inside and you're set.

Bottled Greenhouse

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Abrahami

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Abrahami

Greenhouse is important in gardening - it shields the plants from unwanted pests and helps them retain heat and avoid an excess cold. While it is normal to build a greenhouse if you have a big area, it is also possible to create mini-greenhouses for your plants using plastic bottles. 

Soda Can Planters 

Image Credits: Pinterest

Image Credits: Pinterest

Got a bunch of old soda cans lying around after a night of intense party and start questioning your life decisions? Why not start gardening? Trust us, it helps. Instead of dragging yourself out to the shop to get some new planters, the old soda cans can come in handy - just cut them open and put in the soil and seed. There's your first step to a better life. 

Cinder Block Planters

Image Credits: Instructables/blipvert

Image Credits: Instructables/blipvert

If you have some cinder blocks lying around in the backyard, of course, you can simply start planting in your backyard - but if you want to have some small plants in your house to liven it up, you can make use of the spare cinder blocks and use them as planters instead. 

Eggshells Compost 

Image Credits: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures

Image Credits: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures

After your morning bacon and scrambled eggs, don't throw away the eggshells just yet - they can be great fertilizers for your plants. The calcium contained in eggshells can also help the plant grow - while they help with the development of our bones, they can be useful in fostering cell wall growths in plants. 

Tree Leaves

Image Credits: Pixabay/Gerd Altmann

Image Credits: Pixabay/Gerd Altmann

What do you do when the autumn leaves drift by your window? Apart from starring at them, collect them and use them as fertilizers for your plants. Seriously, there are a lot of things you can do with fallen leaves - composting, soil improvement...don't let them go to waste. 

Coffee for Plants

Image Credits: Pixabay/Elias Shariff Falla Mardini

Image Credits: Pixabay/Elias Shariff Falla Mardini

Coffee grounds have a lot of uses - exfoliating your skin for example. So don't get rid of them yet after your morning coffee. When it comes to gardening, some plants thrive in acidic soil, such as potatoes and peppers. And with its acidic nature, the old coffee ground makes for some great natural fertilizers. 

Sponge at the Bottom 

Image Credits: Pixabay/Hans Braxmeier

Image Credits: Pixabay/Hans Braxmeier

Root rot can be a serious issue if there's too much water at the bottom of the planter, with the roots soaking in water. A simple solution? Sponges. Yes, by placing sponges at the bottom of the planter, excess water can be absorbed and they are able to retain moisture at the same time. 

Garlic and Nitrogen Fertilizer 

Image Credits: Imgur/TeaOrchid

Image Credits: Imgur/TeaOrchid

Can garlic scare away vampires? Maybe not, we are not sure. But no one can resist some good old fresh garlic bread. And good news - it's possible to grow garlic in your backyard...you might even be able to grow it at home! One trick for you here - use nitrogen fertilizers. Look at the result from Imgur user TeaOrchid here. 

Milk Jug Watering Can

Image Credits: Reddit/syuk

Image Credits: Reddit/syuk

Again, if you need a watering can, there's no need to buy a dedicated one in the shop - you can simply upcycle an old milk jug and convert it into a watering can. Simply poke a few holes in the cap of the milk jug and you're all set. As simple as that! They oughta save you a few bucks. 

Neem Oil Pesticides 

Image Credits: Shutterstock/Mukesh Kumar

Image Credits: Shutterstock/Mukesh Kumar

Pests can be a real issue when you start gardening - while modern chemical pesticides offer a quick, effective solution, it just doesn't feel right to have all the chemicals around. And luckily, there are a lot of natural alternatives around, like neem oil for example. If you wanna go organic, this might be the option for you. 

Banana Peel Fertilizer 

Image Credits: Pixabay/bluebudgie

Image Credits: Pixabay/bluebudgie

Basically, a lot of your food waste can be fertilizers for your plants. But some are more special than others - take banana peels as an example. Due to its high potassium content, it can really help some plants thrive. It can promote general plant vigor, as well as fruit development. 

Coffee Filter Drainage 

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Image Credits: Pixabay/WikimediaImages

Apart from putting a sponge at the bottom of the planter to control the water level, it is also a good idea to line your planter with a coffee filter for easier cleaning - normally, dirt and soil would come out from the bottom of the planter along with the water, but with the filter in place, it will filter out all the junk to make cleaning much easier. 

Homemade Insecticidal Soap

Image Credits: Today's Home Owner

Image Credits: Today's Home Owner

If somehow you cannot find natural neem oil around - no worries, it is still possible to make some homemade insecticidal soap with easily accessible household items. For one of the recipes, all you need is just a sprayer, some pure soap, and some pure water. 

Got nothing to do at home these days? Why not some gardening? It is not too difficult to start, and the result can be extremely rewarding. Do you know anyone who's looking for something to do? Why not share this with them?

Source: Today's Homeowner, Family Handyman, Reddit, The Micro Gardener, The Joy of Plants, The Spruce, Gardeners' World, Imgur, Gardening Know-How

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