Gardening is one of those things that reflects the work you put into it. If you’re willing to get your hands dirty, it will probably show. That said, even the most experienced gardeners have a hack or two in their arsenal. Keep reading for four tips, tricks, and techniques we recommend for achieving the garden of your dreams.
The hack: water better with a to-go coffee cup
If your to-go coffee cups tend to up in the trash, we have a way to give them a second life. Simply clean your cup and use it to water your plants. The hole in the lid will allow for mess-free watering and will prevent you from over-watering.
The hack: save your soil with recyclables
If you’ve ever used a deep planter, you’ll know they require quite a bit of soil. If you don’t have that much soil on hand or if you’re simply trying to save on soil, your old empties pose a resourceful alternative. Simply filling the bottom of your planter with empty cans, before adding your soil, will improve drainage and aeration, resulting in healthier soil overall.
The hack: fertilize better with a PVC pipe
It can feel near impossible to fertilize dense plants thoroughly, especially in a crowded garden. To fertilize right at the root of your larger plants, use a PVC pipe to funnel fertilizer deep within the soil. If you’re having trouble getting the fertilizer into the pipe, consider cutting one end of the pipe at an angle to allow more access.
The hack: prevent plant rot with kitchen sponges
To preemptively deal with the problem of plant mold at the bottom of your pots and planters, cut up old sponges and line the bottom of the pot. Not only will this trick keep watering from settling at the bottom of the pots, but as they sponges get damp, they will keep the soil moist longer