Simple Gardening Tricks

Looking for some fun new tricks to try in the garden? We’ve got you covered with these easy suggestions, from making your garden more environmentally friendly to providing the ideal environment for more growth.

Plant seedlings in a lemon, lime, or orange peel. Image:

Plant seedlings in a lemon, lime, or orange peel.

  1. Plant seedlings in half a lemon peel. Not only does it look great, but also it’s biodegradable—so when your little guy is big enough, you can just plant him directly into the garden without a transplant operation.
  2. Make a fortress of forks (AKA forkress) to prevent neighborhood cats from using your garden for a personal litter box. Just stick plastic forks in the ground handle-side-down to deter them.
  3. Prop a trellis up at an angle. Plant cucumbers or another vine plant on top and underneath, plant lettuce. The trellis will give the space below partial shade.
  4. Instead of soil, use packing peanuts to fill the bottom half of large pots. Not only will this make a big pot much lighter, but it will also help with drainage.
  5. Ever had dirt leak out the bottom of your flowerpot? Try placing a coffee filter in the bottom of the pot. Water will still be able to drain, but dirt won’t fall out.
  6. Re-plant produce like pineapples, green onions, and garlic after you’ve eaten them. Some plants can put roots down and grow another if you treat them right!
  7. Throw a box of matches in with pepper plants. They like sulfur—so doing so will help them grow faster and healthier.
  8. Crush up old eggshells and toss them in the garden. The calcium will help soil stay nutritious while the shells will also help keep pests at bay.
  9. Use an old soda bottle to create a greenhouse-like environment for seedlings. Just cut off the bottom of a two-liter plastic bottle and place it over the top of your seedling.

10. Use bottles to create self-watering planters. Just cut off the top of a bottle (glass or plastic) and fill the bottom section with water. Flip the bottle top upside down so that the neck is in the water. Your plant will grow in the widest section of the neck.

To check out these tips and more, see this article from, which I used as reference here. There are 25 total tips and tricks in the original article—all worth trying for the adventurous gardener!




About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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