Top 14 Simple and Easy Gardening Tricks and Tips from an Expert

From preventing dirt from getting underneath your fingernails to using leftover coffee beans effectively in your garden, an expert gardener shared these top 14 tips as well as shortcuts that can make spring gardening much easier. Here are some tips and tricks that are definitely live-saving hacks:

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  1. In order to remove the salt deposits which usually form on clay pots, you can combine equal parts of water, rubbing alcohol and white vinegar in a spray bottle. This mixture can be applied to the pot with a little scrubbing using a plastic brush. Do not put any plant on the pot if it’s not completely dry yet.
  2. To avoid that the accumulation of dirt underneath your fingernails while working on your garden, you can draw your fingernails across a soap bar and you will effectively seal your nails’ undersides so dirt could not collect beneath them. After that, once you are finished in the garden, you can use a nail brush in removing the soap. Your nails will definitely become sparkling clean.
  3. In order to prevent your string trimmer’s line from breaking or jamming, treat it by spraying vegetable oil on it before you install it in the trimmer.
  4. You can actually turn a long-handled gardening tool into a measuring stick. Lay a long-handled tool on the ground and place a tape measure next to it. Using a permanent marker, you can write foot and inch and marks on its handle. Whenever you have to space plants in a certain distance apart, like an inch to several feet, you will already have a measuring tool in your hand.
  5. You can make your own garden twine dispenser by just sticking a ball of twine in some small clay pot. Pull the twine’s end through the drainage hole of the pot, and set it upside down in your garden. Do that trick and you will never go looking for garden twine again.
  6. Your little clay pots can make great cloches that can protect young plants from overnight, sudden freezes and frosts.
  7. You can turn some clay pot into a handy hose guide. Simply stab a steel reinforcing bar (roughly one foot in length) into the ground and slip two pots over it – one facing up, the other facing down. These guides will avoid making damage to your plants if you drag the hose.
  8. In order to create natural markers, jot down the plants’ names with the use of a permanent marker, on the stone’s flat faces. In various sizes, place them near or at your plants’ base.
  9. Got aphids? Control them using a strong water blast from the hose or can be added with insecticidal soap. Another fun trick is to get some tape. You can wrap a tape’s wide strip around your hand with the sticky side out and pat the plants infested with aphids. Try concentrating on the undersides of leaves since that is where these little buggers love to stick.
  10. The next time you steam or boil vegetables, do not throw the water. Use the water in watering potted patio plants instead of pouring it down the drain. You will definitely be amazed at how your plants respond.
  11. Use leftover coffee and tea grounds to acidify acid loving plants’ soil like camellias, azaleas, blueberries, rhododendrons, and even gardenias. A light sprinkling of about a quarter of an inch that is applied every month will keep the soil’s pH level on the acidic side.
  12. To control damping-off fungus, you can try using chamomile tea. This usually attack young seedlings quite suddenly. Simply add some tea to the soil that is around the seedlings’ base at least once every week, or you can also use chamomile tea as a foliar spray.
  13. There’s no need for to find an instant table for a quick tea service. Your clay pots and saucers can do that so there’s no need for you to look any further. Just flip a large size of pot and try topping it off with a larger size saucer. When you are done with your share of tea, you can now fill the saucer with water to turn it to a birdbath.
  14. The quickest and most effective way in the world to completely dry herbs is to simply lay a sheet of paper on the seat of your vehicle. Arrange the herbs in one single layer, and roll the windows up and close the doors after that. Your herbs will definitely be immediately dried for perfection. In addition to that, your car will also smell great.