There is nothing better than growing a successful, healthy garden, all by yourself. Boost the growth of your garden, using all natural, organic methods. You can even use common household items. These great ideas can save you time, money, and a trip to the store. These are so easy, and no prior gardening knowledge is needed!
Use eggshells as an all natural, bio degradable planter. This is a great way to begin growing seedlings indoors throughout the cold winter months. Green Thumb White Apron suggests using cracked egg shells and soil. You could even keep them in a egg carton for a really unique look. These can be transferred outside when the temperatures warm up, and the eggshells biodegrade and leave the soil rich in nutrients.
Save the cuttings from the last time you have bought basil from the store. Believe it or not, you can grow more basil from the cuttings. Simply leave basil cuttings in a glass of warm water, allow for the basil to grow roots. As soon as the roots are grown, you can transfer these into soil and watch the plant grow even more. Save the trimmings from this as well and you can start the process over again. Tips from here.
Coffee grounds are an amazing way to enrich your soil and keep pests away from your plants. Spread the grounds directly onto the soil, and cultivate throughout the soil. Coffee grounds are great in composting piles as well.
Baking soda is an excellent way to help your tomatoes grow. Sometimes, home grown tomatoes are extremely tart. Using baking soda when gardening, simply sprinkle the baking soda around the plant when the tomatoes are about 1 inch in diameter, and then repeat the process again when they are about halfway grown. Not only does this make your tomatoes taste better, but it can help repel pests and other bugs from ruining your plants. Tip from The Gardening Cook.
As weird as this sounds, beer helps to kill slugs. This incredibly low labor method is guaranteed to kill slugs. Simply leave a dish of beer in your garden overnight, in the morning, you will wake up to a dish of dead slugs. A great tip from This Garden Is Illegal.
Using diapers as a planter method can help to retain moisture in the soil. Better soil sets the plant up for success later on. This is great if your infant has recently begun potty training and diapers are no longer needed, but you have extra! A really unique (and kind of weird) tip from Make it Do.
Develop and organic fungicide that is totally effective, and completely safe for your family and their health. To create this spray (recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee) you need 2 tsp Neem Oil, 1 tsp Castile Soap, and water. Add ingredients to a 24 ounce spray bottle and shake well to mix.
If your planters have suddenly vanished ,plant a seedling in a lemon rind. A great recycling idea from My Roman Apartment, simply plant one seedling per lemon rind, and transfer outdoors when the seedling is large enough. The rind with break down naturally and leave the soil full of nutrients. You use oranges, and grapefruits also.
Another great option for a recycled planter would be to create one out of an old toilet paper roll.
This isn’t exactly an organic hack, but it is a hack that doesn’t require any sort of pesticides. Place forks in your garden to keep small pests away.
If you are a composter, use tea bags in your compost pile, there are a ton of nutrients in these, making them a great addition.
Irrigate your plants with water bottles. Poke holes in the plastic and bury the water bottle directly by a plant. The little holes with irrigate your plants slowly, not over watering, or underwatering.
Pennies can be used to keep slugs and other pests away. The copper in the pennies helps to repel slugs. Idea from HGTV.