17 Clever Vegetable Garden Hacks
Here are 17 fun and clever vegetable garden hacks to help make your garden more successful this year! These are brilliant! I’ve been staring at our empty garden boxes in the backyard, just itching to buy our vegetable seedlings for the year! I’m counting down the days before the risk of frost is gone, (It’s Canada, so it takes a little longer, eh?) so we can finally start planting!
Start Seedlings from Eggshells
Don’t throw away those used eggshells! Save them up and use them to start your seedlings! They keep those little plastic containers out of the landfill, plus they self compost and add a calcium boost to the soil. Get more details at Squawk Fox.
Use a Wine Bottle to Slowly Water your Plants over Time
Fill an empty wine bottle with water and put it upside down in your pots or garden. The water will slowly trickle out keeping everything moist on hot dry days or if you go away for the weekend. Check out The Greenists for more details.
Put Coffee Filters at the Bottom of Containers to help Keep all the Water from Draining
There is nothing more frustrating than watering a pot, only to have all of the water run right through the holes at the bottom. You can slow down the water drainage by placing a coffee filter at the bottom. Water can still get out, but it will give the soil more time to absorb it. Check out Pop Sugar for more info.
Sprinkle Baking Soda on the Soil to get Sweeter Tomatoes
Make your homegrown tomatoes even sweeter this year by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around the plants. The Gardening Cook gives directions here.
Make your Own Self Cleaning Sharpening Tool Holder
Need a home for your gardening tools? Try this self cleaning and sharpening tool holder from One Good Thing by Jillee.
Make Your Own Seed Tape
Try using toilet paper instead of buying overpriced seed tape. It works just as well and is a fraction of the cost. Seed tape is quick, easy and now totally cheap with the method you can find here.
Protect Your Plants With Milk Jugs
Are you eager to get those plants in the ground before the frost risks are over? No problem! Protect new and fragile plants from frost and bugs with this clever trick from Family Food Secure.
Plant With Pests in Mind
Plant some flowers in your garden to help deter certain pests. Head over to Organic Authority for tips on which plants will help keep your garden pest-free this season.
Make your Own Fertilizer with Kitchen Scraps
Let’s face it, composting isn’t for everyone. But, guess what? You can still make your own compost in small quantities from kitchen scraps. Get the step-by-step directions here.
Use Citrus Peels to Start your Seedlings
Did you know you can also use your leftover lemons after they’ve been squeezed to start your seedlings? Besides being super cute, they self compost and add some extra nutrients to the soil when they are planted. Learn how to use those peels as seed starters here.
Use Plastic Forks to Keep Pets and Animals from Destroying your Garden
I need to try this! Plant plastic forks in the garden to deter rabbits, squirrels and raccoons from raiding your crop. Might look odd, but if it works, it’s totally worth it! Get the details here.
The Miracle of Epsom Salt
Adding Epsom Salt to your garden increases the nutrient absorption of plants and improves seed germination. Natural Living Ideas has even more details on what Epsom Salts can do for your garden.
Check Your Grocery Bag for Crops
Fresh basil, celery and onions can all be started from cuttings you’d normally throw away. Set them in some water and they’ll start to grow all over again! Find out which vegetables you can re-grow over at The Organic Lemon.
Grow Heart or Star Shaped Fruit
Okay, this one is just for fun – but you can actually buy molds that will let you grow star or heart shaped cucumber, tomatoes or other small to medium sized vegetables! You can get the molds at Amazon or from the British website Suttons Seeds.
Keep Those Instructions Handy
You know those plant tags you throw into the shed because you know you should save them, but you aren’t exactly sure what to do with them? Put them on a key ring to keep them organized! Get more clever ideas over here.
Plant a Water Bottle with Holes in it to Slowly Water the Plants
This is brilliant! If your plants dry up quickly in the harsh sun, poke a bunch of holes in a water bottle and plant it next to your plant. Then you can easily fill the water bottle which will slowly release the water into the soil. This is an easy way to get water all the way down to the roots! Visit The Gardening Nook for more instructions.
Put Those Melons in a Sling
The bigger and heavier melons get as they grow, the more likely they are to break from the vine before they are ripe. Give them a bit of support by making a sling out of an old t-shirt to reduce the strain on the vine. Make your own melon sling with directions from The Vegetable Gardner.
Love all those hacks – There are so many neat ideas out there to simplify the process of gardening. Thanks for sharing – I enjoyed this article. -Carole
That is a great list of ideas!
Thank you for sharing with these amazing gardening tips! Pinning them for later!
Wow, these are great suggestions!
These are great tips. I really love the forks to keep pests away!
Pinning this!! SO many awesome ideas for my very first garden! 😀 Thanks for posting!
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These are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.
Some brilliant ideas, I am SO getting star shaped tomato holds, cheers lovely.x
Great tips Debbie! Thank you for sharing with us at the Brag About It link party!
Love this round up! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials
Hey, there! 🙂 I’m stopping by from Wholehearted Wednesdays and I just planted my own box garden last week. I love these garden hacks! I already lost a couple of plants and will have to re-plant, so hopefully I can use a few of these ideas to keep that from happening again.
Jen @ Being Confident of This
GREAT tips!! I’m finally at a point where I’m not inadvertently killing whatever I plant, so hopefully I can start at least an herb garden here soon 😀 Thank you for sharing this great post with us at Friday Favorites, we love having you! 🙂
I have done the watermelon slings and planted water bottles before and both work well (just be careful with the water bottle too close to a tomato plant or you have to get under the leaves to get to the bottle). I am off to do the forks now, neighborhood cats dug up my pepper seeds twice.
Definitely worth trying. I’m intrigued by baking soda and Epson salt. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things! Hope to see you again this week!
Love these! I am always looking for great garden ideas. Thanks for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party. This will be my featured post at this week’s party.
Hi Debbie, just letting you know I will be featuring your garden hacks tonight at 8pm on Best of the Weekend!
This is brilliant
using forks is brilliant idea. Hope it will work for pigeons sitting on leafy vegetables
Brilliant ideas. Simple. Must try.
These ideas are so creative! Would love to try them. Especially the citrus peel as a seed starter. Thanks!
Great tips! These are awesome ideas, even for experienced gardeners – add a little fun to it!
Great tips I really like #2 and need to remember that, would be perfect for hanging planters to reduce weight. Number nine is another neat one because I do a lot of propagating. Was just rounding up all those plants this weekend for the move. I’m wondering if this speeds up the process? Normally I take cuttings in the fall and then wait to see what happens over winter and I’m normally pleasantly surprised by spring. I’m going to give this a try at some point. Could be an awesome project.