Whether you're an experienced gardener or just beginning, anyone can benefit from a bit of advice now and then. Follow these tips and tricks of the trade to make the most of your garden this year and for years to come.
1. Tired of soil falling out of the drainage holes in your favorite planter? Line the bottom with coffee filters to catch the soil while still draining excess water effectively.
2. Excited to have gotten a great deal on mulch, but dreading the chore of carrying 70-pound bags around your yard? Load them onto a cloth tarp or table cloth and drag them to to and from flower beds with ease.
3. Need a way to keep your potted flowers moist longer? Insert a baby diaper into the bottom to collect moisture instead of draining out of the pot completely.
4. Tired of tomato plants falling over? Plant seedlings sideways to develop super-strong root systems.
5. Dreading having to move those super-size planters that looked amazing on your porch all summer but need to be stored inside when cold weather hits? Next year, fill the bottoms with light, airy foam peanuts or pine cones instead of heavy soil.
6. Love your morning cup of joe but lose interest once it gets cold? Save leftover coffee in a spray bottle and spritz plants to deter pests.
7. Weeds winning in your favorite flower beds? Spread newspaper on top of the soil before mulching to hinder weed growth.
8. Planting new evergreens this fall but not looking forward to back-breaking digging? Water the earth a few hours before digging your hole to loosen up the earth and make your job a whole lot easier.
9. Soil not conducive to planting your favorite summer veggies? Open the top of a bag of soil and plant them directly inside! You can easily transport the bags, and your veggies will enjoy super-rich soil as they thrive.
10. Tired of estimating space between plants as you work? Mark out inches and feet on long-handled garden tools like shovels and spades, and save yourself the headache!