If you love gardening or want to start it, these are the 25 easy gardening hacks, and they are so useful that using them can change the way you garden forever. 

  1. Use a magnifying glass to closely examine and diagnose your plant pests and insects to identify them and follow the treatment accordingly. 
  1. Create a no-stick shovel or any garden tool. Spray paint on your garden shovel, or any gardening tool to protect it from rust and keep it clean. 
  1. Lighten the weight of your pot by using pieces of packaging foam at the bottom layer of the container and mix a lot of coco peat or peat moss. 
  1. Protect plants during transport from a nursery using your home aluminum ladder and place your pots tightly in the ladder compartments. 
  1. If you detect iron deficiency in your plant, called iron chlorosis, and if you see pale, colored leaves instead of dark green. You can bury some iron nails or old razor blades around the plant.
  1. Help your root bound plants by root pruning or repotting them in larger pots.
  1. You can use candy sticks or even larger pebbles or even broken pot pieces as markers for your plants, and seedlings.
  1. Erase permanent marker markings using rubbing alcohol and reuse the same markers.
  1. You can make your own plastic bottle slow water feeding. Easiest one is to make small holes in the cork and invert the bottom and insert in soil.
  1. You can roughly know your soil’s PH level using baking, soda, and vinegar. Take two soil samples from different areas of your garden; add vinegar to one sample and stir if it bubbles, then it’s alkaline soil. To the other sample, add baking, soda, and water and stir if it bubbles, then the soil is acidic. 
  1. Do not throw away eggshells, crumple or powder them and sprinkle around your plants to provide them a source of calcium. It also repels certain insects like slugs and snails.
  1. Grow sweeter tomatoes using baking soda sprinkle baking soda around your plant soil, which counteracts the acidity and yields sweeter tomatoes. 
  1. You can plant seeds and get seedlings in an eggshell or even citrus rind or similar stuff. You can also use paper coffee cups. You can plant the whole eggshell-seedling complex into the soil.  
  1. Best use of tissue paper cardboard roll to make seedling cups, biodegradable and can be directly planted into the soil without disturbing roots
  1. You can build a garden trellis using PVC pipes or even wooden sticks or bamboo sticks. 
  1.  If you have a water shortage, collect rainwater for your plants. For this, you can either collect rainwater flowing out from your trees into drainpipes or you can install or build a dedicated rainwater collecting system.
  1. Use plastic bins or containers, as mini-greenhouses or poly houses for faster seed germinations.
  1. Sprinkle some salt or baking soda directly on slugs and snails to kill them. Rearing chicken, which loves to feed on these insects, is another good idea. If you are interested.
  1. In winter, protect from frost and cover the plants at night with an empty pot or even a polythene shopping bag.
  1. Do not throw away pencil shaving from your kids, use them for mulching, which also prevents weed growth and repels insects.
  1. Garden vegetables that become overripe are an easy target for some pests. Remove them as soon as possible to avoid infestation.
  1.  Insects can’t stand plants such as garlic, onions, chives, and chrysanthemums. Grow these plants around the garden to help repel insects.
  1.  Add used tea, waste, or coffee grounds into your compost, a bin for faster composting, because earthworms digest them very fast.
  1.  You can also use tea waste or coffee grounds on flowering plants as an organic fertilizer to boost blooms. 
  1.  Healthy soil means healthy plants that can better resist pests and disease, reducing the need for harmful pesticides. Use cake, bio mix in the soil to get rid of many plant diseases and nourish your plants. 

And with discipline, motivation and effort, you can surely grow a wonderful and productive garden.

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