Here are 10 hacks that will help you in the garden:

  1. Tired of animals digging up all your hard work? An easy way to keep animals from digging up your garden is to place plastic forks upright in the soil, creating a spiky barrier.
  1. Line planters with coffee filters to prevent soil from falling out of those drainage holes. It’s a great way to upcycle your used coffee filters as coffee grounds are amazing for the garden.
  1. Create individual greenhouses for your seedlings by cutting off the bottom of a plastic milk jug. Place it over your plants or you can use an upside-down mason jar to create the same effect.
  1. Pots are beautiful, but once full, they are extremely heavy, but filling pots halfway with a filler will help you with that. You can use packing peanuts, old aluminum cans, or even plastic pots to take up all that space.
  1. Eggshells are great for adding calcium to your soil. As you use eggs, rinse the shells and add them to a bowl in the refrigerator. When the bowl is full, grind up all the shells in the food processor and mix them into your soil. 
  1. Starting your seeds in a biodegradable container helps prevent damage to the new plant when transferring to the garden. Try using paper egg cartons, eggshell halves, or even the rind of hollowed-out citrus fruit. 
  1. If you need help controlling unruly but amazing plants like raspberries, cutting the bottom of large plastic pots, and burying them will definitely help you. The sides will prevent plants from rapidly spreading, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor without weeding. 
  1. Did you know you can mix up homemade non-toxic weed killer with just a few ingredients you probably already have onhand? In a plastic spray bottle, make one gallon of white vinegar, one cup of table salt, and 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap. In full sun spray all of your unwanted weeds, but be careful; this mix will be harmful to your grass and the lovely plants too.
  1. Be sure to mark your planted seeds. Nothing is worse than planting a garden and forgetting what you planted. Try letting your kids paint the names of the plants on the rocks or popsicle sticks.  

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