Gardening is a lot of fun but it can be challenging, too. Thankfully, there are some simple, yet effective ways to overcome common gardening problems and issues. Following are some gardening tips and tricks that can simplify your gardening and make it easier and more effective than ever before.
Maintaining Plant Pots
Clean your plant pots with a mix of equal parts of white vinegar, alcohol and water to remove any salt deposits.
Feeding the Plants
Instead of using expensive commercial fertilizer on your plants, save the water from boiled or steamed vegetables and use it instead (after allowing the water to completely cool down).
If your plants need acidic soil to grow well, sprinkle some used coffee grounds and/or pour some leftover tea on the dirt on a monthly basis.
Keep Fingernails Clean While Gardening
While it is possible to scrub dirt out from under your fingernails after gardening, it isn’t always easy. You can avoid the hassle by running your fingernails over a bar of soap before you go into the garden. The soap under your fingernails will prevent dirt from getting under them and make it easier for you to clean your hands afterwards.
Protecting the Plants
To protect your small plants from an overnight freeze, invest in some inexpensive plant pots and turn these over on top of the plants you wish to protect.
To protect your plants from aphids, cut a strip of tape and gently press it on the underside of affected leaves. This method of aphid elimination is particularly effective when used on small, delicate plants that cannot handle a strong blast of water from the hose.
Fungus problems can be quickly and easily eliminated using chamomile tea. The tea, after it has been cooled, can either be poured on the soil around the plant or put in a spray bottle and sprayed on the plant’s leaves and stem.
Natural Plant Labels
If you want to make natural, durable labels for different areas of your garden, get some flat, smooth rocks and write the names of different plants on the rocks with a permanent marker.
These tips can be applied to just about any type of garden. Try out the above-mentioned pointers and see which ones work best for you.
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