5 Gardening Hacks … for Semi-Pro Gardeners

 

Gardening can be one of the most fruitful (…pun intended..) yet frustrating hobbies around. There is an endless amount of plants to choose from to have around your home and each of those plants comes with it’s own set of instructions. With the right toolkit (both literally and figuratively), you can have the most blooming flowerbed on the block. You asked, we did some digging (we promise no more puns), and here are the answers—five gardening hacks only the pros know.

Toolshed Troubles
If you have salt deposits on clay pots:
Mix equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, water. Spray on and scrub.
If you have string trimmer jams:
Spray string with vegetable oil before installing it in trimmer.

Seedling Situations
Bake old soil in muffin tins at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and let cool. This will sanitize soil and prevent the possibility of previous weeds coming up in your new seedlings’ soil.
To keep new small plants from freezing overnight, place a clay pot over them so frost doesn’t settle on the plant.
Cinnamon sprinkled over new plants can prevent fungus!
To make new cuts grow roots faster in water, add aspirin to the water. It will aid in absorption and help kick-start root growth.

A Balanced Diet
As a natural fertilizer, plants love the leftover water from boiling vegetables! Let it cool of course—but see how they react to the the nutrient-rich water.
For your plants who favor acid (azaleas, rhododendrons, gardenias, and more), fertilize with leftover tea or coffee grounds.
Tomato plants thrive on baking soda—sprinkle a little around the soil to help reduce their acidity, and sweeten the tomatoes.
For older seedlings, add powdered gelatin to soil to feed bacteria and provide nitrogen.

Fun Flowerbed Facts
Plants actually like to be talked to. Studies have shown that vibrations (like those from sound) can truly lead to plant growth. So chat away!
Changes in the Soil pH level actually change the color of a hydrangea. Pink blooms come from more alkaline soil, and blue from more acidic.

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