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I wrote earlier this year about how my husband and I were finally getting to grips with gardening and learning to love the garden. Gardening can be a lot of fun when you have plenty of knowledge and your plants grow perfectly without any trouble. Of course a lot of us, myself included, don’t have that knowledge! If you are a beginner, then you will have to be very patient waiting for that first ever flower to bloom and to make sure that everything has worked out well. Garden landscaping is not a cheap hobby, as the plants themselves are often expensive, not to mention the pots, different types of fertilisers, seeds and gardening tools which are needed. If you want to save a bit of money, hassle and maybe even be a more environmentally friendly gardener, here’s a few secrets you might not know…
Salt is the best anti-pesticide
Pesticides can be harmful to plants and the environment, as well as potentially wildlife and even your pets. Salt is a natural pest killer and is a safer and cheaper form of pesticide.
Use milk bottles as watering cans
To both save a bit of money and find a way to reuse single use plastics, you can use a large milk bottle as an alternative to a watering can. Just poke some holes in the bottle top and you instantly have your own home-made watering can.
Aluminum foil keeps insects away
Insects can cause serious damage your plants. To save your plants from an insect attack, use aluminum foil along with mulch. Because of the reflecting property of aluminum foil, light will be reflected onto the plants, which will also enhance their growth. To be extra environmentally friendly, use foil which has already been used for something else first.
Enrich the soil with tea
For better growth of plants and enriched soil during a garden makeover, use tea leaves for acid-loving plants or ferns. Place the tea leaves on soil and cover it with a layer of mulch. The nutrients from the leaves will transfer into the soil when the plant is watered. While you can use new tea leaves, used ones will work just as well and again it is more environmentally friendly to find a way to re-use them.
Towels for self-watering plants
Some days you just might not have enough time to water the plants. Or maybe you are going to be travelling for a couple of days, leaving the garden without water. Did you know you can actually use towels for self-watering? Fill a glass with water, twist the towel and put one end in the glass and the other in the soil. The water will travel through the towel from glass to the soil, keeping your plants hydrated.
PVC pipe to hydrate dense plants
Water must reach the deeper parts of the plant as well for enhanced growth, but many gardeners find it difficult to get to these areas. In this case, dig a PVC pipe into the soil and pour water through one end to hydrate the denser plants more easily.
Healthier plants with cinnamon
Another environmentally friendly tip is to take advantage of cinnamon’s anti-fungal properties and prevent diseases in plants, by sprinkling cinnamon all around them.