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6 Sensational Gardening Hacks

Who doesn’t love clever shortcuts or handy tips that make life easier in the garden? Well, have we got a treat for you, because in this article and video we’re sharing six ingenious ideas to help you achieve more in the garden with less: less time, less effort or less money! You interested? Then let’s dive straight in!

Eggshell Pots

I’m egg-cited (sorry!) to get started with our first hack: using eggshells to grow seedlings. Eggshells are completely biodegradable, and as they break down they’ll add valuable nutrients such as calcium to the soil. The shells are free too, assuming you were going to eat their contents anyway that is. So let’s get cracking!

Carefully peel the top off your morning boiled egg then prick a hole into the bottom using a pushpin or drawing pin – this will serve as a drainage hole. Enjoy your egg as normal.

Once you have enough eggshells boil them in water for one minute to sterilize them then let them dry. Fill them with seed starting mix, sow, water, then grow your seedlings on somewhere warm and bright. When it’s time to plant, just give the shell a gentle crush between your fingers so the roots are able to get out into the soil, and plant the whole thing.

Use kitchen scraps to make fertilizer for free

Make Organic Fertilizer

Really love your eggs? Then use the leftover shells as part of an organic fertilizer made using kitchen scraps.

Add banana skins, coffee grounds and those eggshells into a blender together with a few cups of water. Whizz it all up into a grainy soup then use the mixture fresh, diluted with more water. This kitchen-created fertilizer is full of nutrients – ideal for use around hungry feeders such as squashes, tomatoes and pole beans.

Never lose the growing information on plant labels again!

Organize Plant Labels

Are you forever losing plant labels and with them the handy growing instructions found on the back? Me too! Use a hole punch to make a hole at one end of the label then thread your labels onto a key ring. Hang them up somewhere obvious in the greenhouse or shed so they are always on hand for easy reference.

Store tools in a sand/vegetable oil mix so blades remain in good conditionsKeep Tools Clean and Rust-free

While we’re in the shed, let’s give those hand tools some TLC. Mix together sand with vegetable oil. The abrasiveness of the sand will help keep your tools clean, while the oil should prevent blades from rusting.

Fill a pot with your sand-oil mixture then plunge hand tools such as trowels into the mix whenever they’re not in use. Or fill a bucket with the mixture to dip spade and fork blades into before putting them away.

Recycle your plastic water bottles into mini greenhouses for plants

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Protect Young Plants

Recently transplanted seedlings are vulnerable to frost and chilly winds. Keeping them snug’s a cinch with instant cloches made from old bottles. Gallon-sized milk cartons or soda bottles work best. Cut off the bottom, remove the cap so air can circulate, and pop them over your plants.

Make your own weedkiller for weeds in paving and other hard surfaces

Make an Organic Weedkiller

Hoeing and hand weeding is great in beds and borders, but what about niggling weeds sprouting from the cracks in driveways and paving? Nasty chemical weed killers are out for organic gardeners, but scratching around with a weeding tool doesn’t sound like much fun either. So why not see them off with a safe but powerful organic spray you’ve made yourself.

Simply mix one pint or half a liter of white vinegar with two tablespoons of salt and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Stir to combine. Decant into a spray bottle and, with gloves on, spray the potent brew onto weeds. Do this on a still, sunny day and be sure to cover all surfaces. Weeds will quickly wither and die.

And there you have our handy horticultural hacks. Have you got one to add to this list? Then drop us a comment below and tell us about it!

What Everyone Should Know About Spring Gardening

The winter months can make it difficult to satisfy your green thumb. Yes, you can grow indoor plants, but with the arrival of spring and warmer weather, that’s all about to change!

The snow and slush on the ground are finally thawing, giving way to grass and ground ripe for gardening. As we transition from winter to spring, it’s time to begin preparations for your spring garden by thinking about all of the amazing vegetables that you want to grow, and better yet, which veggies you want to eat!

Whether you’re a new gardener or a tried-and-true expert, the long winter off can make us all a little rusty when it comes to gardening. So to make sure you’re on your A-game, we’ve created a list of spring gardening tips and tricks will help you prioritize what needs to be done so your garden will flourish all season long.

Get your gardening gloves ready and check out these simple spring gardening tips. And remember, have fun out there!

Clean Your Garden

Removing weeds, dead leaves and fallen branches pave the way for a fresh, clean foundation for this garden season. This is also a great opportunity to organize garden tools and sheds.

Start A Compost Pile

Composting has become increasingly popular but for those who have not done it, composting sounds like an intimidating task. As long as you add the right ingredients into your compost pile, your garden will benefit from the nutrients of the decomposed organic material.

Materials added to compost piles are divided into “green” or “wet” ingredients and “brown” or “dry” ingredients. A good compost pile has equal parts “green” and “brown” ingredients.

Clean Out Bird Feeders and Baths

If your garden has bird feeders or baths, don’t forget to clean out feeders and baths from leaves and water that have collected throughout the winter. Draining bird baths also prevents pests like mosquitoes from entering your yard.

Prune Shrubs and Trees

To stimulate plant and tree growth, add pruning to your spring garden to-do list! Plants that bloom in the spring should be pruned shortly after they bloom. Plants that bloom in the summer should be pruned during early spring to stimulate growth.

Replenish Your Soil

Replenishing your topsoil with composted materials and organic fertilizers will refresh your soil with all the necessary nutrients that may have been stripped away during the winter. You can even perform a soil test to see what nutrients your soil needs.

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Start Planting Flowers & Vegetables

Once your garden is prepared and ready, begin planting early spring flowers like pansies, lilacs, redbud and grand maitre crocus. You could even plant cool-season vegetables like lettuces, peas, spinach, chard and arugula.

Indoor Plants All Year-Round

Luckily, you don’t have to wait until spring to get your gardening fix. Ambius provides office plants all year-round. So even when you’re at work, you can reap the benefits and beauty of indoor plants!

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