A perfect garden: it’s the staple of a comfortable summer home. Unfortunately, gardening can be tough, and you’re not alone if you don’t quite have the green thumb you wish you did. Luckily, this doesn’t have to stop your summertime garden dreams in their tracks. We’ve got five simple gardening hacks that can make you a professional green thumb in no time at all. Read on to learn more:
1. Use diapers to help soil stay moist
Certain plants, like potted tomatoes, require lots of water during the hot summer months, and one missed soaking is all it takes to kill them right off. Luckily, there’s a simple solution you’ve probably never thought of: diapers. Before you put plants in their pots, lay a disposable diaper or two (depending on the size of the container) absorbent side up. Cover the diapers with dirt, plant the plant, and give the whole thing a good drenching. The diapers will absorb moisture and help keep your potted plants watered and healthy, even in hot weather!
2. Use photo albums to organize your seeds
If you like planting flowers and vegetables from seed, but you find it impossible to keep track of all those tiny seed packs, this trick is for you. To keep your seeds organized and get a better handle on your inventory year after year, purchase an inexpensive photo album and store seed packets in the plastic photo pockets. For extra points, arrange your seeds by type, so they’re always easy to find.
3. Kill slugs with beer
Are slugs wreaking havoc on your strawberries? To get rid of these pesky garden invaders, leave a shallow dish of stale beer between the plants they like to hang out in. Inexpensive, simple, and efficient, the “beer trick” is one of the easiest ways to keep garden slugs at bay.
4. Use “garden socks” to decrease weeds
Love a beautiful garden but hate to weed? No problem. Several companies are now making “Garden socks,” which are long tubes of fabric you stuff with soil and use to plant vegetables and flowers. The fabric keeps the weeds at bay, and the long, tubular shape of the socks makes them perfect for use in edging, window boxes, and garden rows.
5. Fortify seedlings with cinnamon
Seedling plants are vulnerable to afflictions like soil mold, aphids, and various bugs. Luckily, keeping them healthy is easy and cheap. Once your seedlings have sprouted and are about an inch tall, sprinkle some cinnamon on the soil surrounding the seedling. The cinnamon will help protect the seedling from disease so it can grow into a healthy adult plant.
Great Gardens Made Easy
Yes, gardening can be challenging, but these five simple hacks help you build one of the most beautiful gardens on the block, without a whole lot of time, effort, or expense. From putting diapers into your potted plants to using handy garden socks for beautiful window boxes and weed-free strawberry rows, these hacks free you up to spend more time enjoying the summer season with the people you love most.
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