Spring is here! Now that the ground is finally warm and frost-free, it’s the perfect time to flex your green thumb and get to work on sprucing up your spring garden. As our first round of home improvement tips, here are 7 gardening hacks to up your gardening game with minimum effort.
- Make your own compost. Help your plants grow faster and stronger by mixing coffee grounds and egg shells into the soil as compost. Kitchen scraps, leaves, and shredded paper also make for great compost. By making your own compost, you’ll get the added benefit of saving money.
- Reuse your cooking water. Boil some veggies or pasta earlier today? Reuse the cooking water by using it to water your plants. This is a great way to add a little more nutrition to your soil. Just make sure to let the water cool down before you use it on your plants.
- Use milk jugs to water indoor plants. Punch small holes in the lid of an empty milk jug, and voilà – you’ve got a watering jug that won’t leave puddles behind each time you water your plants. The jug’s handle makes it easier for you to pour, while the holes in the lid ensure even water distribution.
- Soak seeds before planting them. This is one of the more common gardening tips out there. Soaking seeds allow them to germinate faster, which ultimately means faster-growing plants. Soak seeds in hot water for up to 24 hours before planting them in your garden.
- Space seeds evenly with toilet paper. Tired of losing track of tiny seeds (like carrot seeds)? Place the seeds along the center of a strip of moist toilet paper. Fold the toilet paper strip up so the seeds are completely covered and place the strips in the soil. Soon your garden will be filled with plants in neat, evenly spaced rows.
- Make your own plant markers. Why spend on plant markers from the store when you can make your own? Grab those wine corks you have laying around, write your plant names on them, and then insert a bamboo skewer into the end of each cork. Now your plants are evenly spaced and properly labeled.
- Make an indoor herb garden. No space for a backyard garden? No worries. You can grow herbs and greens in containers right in your kitchen. You can use egg cartons or even mason jars to grow herbs such as basil, parsley, rosemary, and thyme indoors.
With these gardening hacks, your spring garden will be worthy of being featured on any home and garden show. Need extra help in making your garden flourish? Check out our selection of Home and Garden items at MassGenie.com.