Having a garden is a beautiful thing. You can manage your own plants, decorate it as you please, and even enjoy some pretty solid harvests. Now, while this may be the case, have you noticed that gardening can get pretty expensive? This is why you need to think about DIY garden hacks.
10 DIY garden hacks that will blow your mind. Each little garden hack that I will show you will save you either time or money, so you’ll definitely want to pay close attention.
Also, I will be dedicating time to each of the 10 DIY garden hacks that we have individually, so you understand the importance of how each of them can save you time and money in the garden. Here is a brief list of what we’ll be looking at:
- Making your own mulch
- Watering your garden effectively
- Use chicken bones as fertilizer
- Create mini greenhouses
- Create your own watering device
- Use cardboard to your advantage
- Starting small
- Making your very own pesticide
- Using coffee to your advantage
- Use household items as a way to mark plants
As you can see from the list above I have some pretty good DIY garden hacks in store for you, but you can skip around as you please. Each of the hacks has its own headline to ensure it is easy for you to find and come back to.
Before I go into the details of each garden hack, think about where you could implement each of these hacks in your garden to help save you time and money.
Making your own mulch
We know that mulch can come with a very hefty price tag. While there are decorative mulches that may look nice, sometimes having an effective garden is about more than just looks, right? This is why I want to show you this really cool DIY garden hack that can save you quite a bit of money. Not only on your water bill but also in time and effort
How does one make their own mulch?
There are various forms of mulches. Compost, straw but leaf mold is one of the best as a mulch. It not only mulches out weeds, but It will also feed the soil microbial life and retain moisture, saving you time and money.
To make leaf mold, all you need is a rake, a lawnmower, and some leaves. Now, if you’re scratching your head right now, please let me explain. Leaves are actually very suitable for soil fortification, and if you grind them up properly they can actually resemble mulch and can be used straight away as a mulch.
However, they are much better turned into leaf mold to be used in the garden as a mulch or compost addition. All you need to do is rake some leaves, get them into a pile, and grind them up using a lawnmower. Once you get this done, you’ll be able to spread out your free mulch with ease.
This DIY garden hack really comes down to whether or not you care about the appearance of your mulch, and may not want to use it in a decorative border. But to mulch vegetable beds this is invaluable. If you want some detailed advice on making leaf mold, check out the video below where I take you through the whole process.
Watering your garden effectively
This is one of the more simple DIY garden hacks that we have for you, and while this may be the case, it’s also one of the best. This is due to the fact that watering your garden at the right times will save you quite a bit of money on water.
Aim to water during the early morning or late in the evening. This is better for the garden as there is less chance of evaporation. This means that the water is retained in the soil longer for the uptake by your plants. Not only that, but watering during these times will prevent water droplets from scorching your plant’s leaves as the sun gets hotter.
How to save money watering
Water your plants at the root system, Use watering cans to direct the flow. Avoid using hosepipes or sprayers as these will wastewater by soaking areas of soil that are outside of the plants’ root zones.
Water deeply, You are much better to water deeply 3 times a week than shallow every day. This forces the plants to send roots deeper into the soil looking for moisture. It helps the plants to survive better during drought conditions. Not a bad way to get the most of your water usage, right?
Use chicken bones as fertilizer
If you enjoyed your last chicken dinner, why not let your garden enjoy it too? This may sound strange, but chicken bones can actually be used as a fertilizer. Let’s take a look.
How does this work?
A bone meal is actually a really great way to encourage plant growth. It is usually used to promote root growth so is perfect for your plants to gain root mass. This will help the plants later when they are able to take up more nutrients.
It will fertilize your soils and is created by grinding up the bones to dust. Note. These must be baked first to dry out the marrowbone in the bones. Simply grind the bones down to a powder and apply to your planting holes. Once you do that, all you have to do is spread the bone meal evenly throughout your garden.
Who knew that chicken bones could have more than one use? Turn your scraps into free fertilizer.
Create mini greenhouses
You may have seen many gardens with beautiful greenhouses or even large polytunnels like I have. but not everyone can afford a luxurious greenhouse, and that’s totally fine. While this may be the case, using a greenhouse does have some great benefits that you won’t want to miss out on. Therefore, you’ll definitely want to hear about this DIY garden hack.
How does this work?
If you have some old plastic bottles laying around, hold off on recycling them, and repurpose them instead. This can be done by cutting the tops off of these bottles, and then you can actually cover your plants with them. This will emulate the greenhouse effect, and all it takes is a bottle.
Additionally, If you have multiple plants or trays full of plants an upturned clear plastic tote could be used with great effect. Remember to prop up the bottom to allow airflow and remove it a few times a day to prevent the humidity from getting too high. Not a bad trick right? We told you that these DIY garden hacks would be pretty interesting.
Create your own watering device
This is definitely one of the more commonly known DIY garden hacks, but we want to touch on it anyway. Why spend money when you can repurpose some plastic, right? Let’s take a look.
How does this work?
To create your own watering device, all you really need is a plastic gallon bottle. These usually come in milk gallons or even gallons of water, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one.
Now, once you have the bottle, just cut out some holes in the lid. Once you fill it up with water, you’ll notice that you now have a pretty solid watering tool.
Pretty creative, right? No need to run out to your department store for a watering tool anymore. These also make an ideal bottle for applying fertilizer that requires a directed feed.
Use cardboard to your advantage
Cardboard may seem like a really useless item, but trust me on this one, it can work wonders for your garden. This is due to the fact that it can repel weeds, grass, and even some insects. so how can we put this DIY garden hack into practice?
How should I use cardboard?
Cardboard can be used as the first layer in no-dig or no-till gardening. It is ideal for covering grass and weeds and will block out the light smothering the weeds. Simply remove the plastic tape and lay it on the ground. Apply 4 – 6 inches of compost over the top of it and plant directly into the compost.
Over the year the grass and weeds will die off, and the cardboard will rot away and be eaten by worms. You will be left with a weed-free bed due to not having disturbed the soil. Therefore you will not bring weed seeds to the surface.
Consider breaking down your seed sowing into smaller more manageable containers. Use smaller trays and pots this will allow you to place more varieties in the propagator or on the greenhouse bench.
What do we mean by this?
You can actually start by planting your seeds in very small containers. You can use things like:
- Old coffee cups
- Plastic bottles
- Baking trays (which are really good for seed separation)
- Old candles jars
- Milk bottles laid on their sides
So when push comes to shove, you don’t need to spend a whole lot of money on getting fancy seedling containers. You’ll find that you have plenty of options hanging out around the house.
Making your very own pesticide
With so many pesticides on the market, why would you want to make your own? Well, a lot of people are more conscious about the environment, and pouring chemicals onto their garden is not an option. These pesticides are very expensive to buy too. So it’s easy to create your own
What do I need?
In order to create your own pesticide, you’ll need a few items. The good news? Most of you will probably have these items in your home already. Oh, and if you don’t, these items can all be used as more than just a pesticide.
Here is what you’ll need:
- About a tablespoon or so of red pepper (the powder)
- About 6 squirts of baby soap (Castile Soap)
- 1 gallon of water
- A spray bottle
Once you have these items mixed together, feel free to go ahead and spray your vegetables. This mix will keep any unwanted guests away from your garden.
This is one of my favorite DIY garden hacks because it will save you both time and money. Plus, and this is the best part, it will save your garden as well. I am of course aware that some of you may rather buy a pesticide but still wish to be organic, Don’t worry I got you covered there too. Check out the video below where I show you how to protect your plants with awesome organic products.
Using coffee to your advantage
Coffee can be used for so many things. It can make you feel refreshed in the morning, and can even make your skin feel great. While this is all well and good, did you know that it can fortify your soil as well? It can be added to compost, used as a mulch, or even fed to a wormery
How does coffee help a garden?
Coffee will help a garden in a few ways. The first one is that it will help keep insects and fungus off of your garden. Some pests do not like the smell or acidity of the coffee grounds. The second great quality of coffee grinds is that they can actually help your garden thrive as well by improving the soil structure and helps to feed the microbial life
Use household items as a way to mark plants
This is one of my DIY garden hacks that’s a bit more simple. I know that it can be hard to know which plants you’re working with, so using some household items can be a great way to mark your garden. Some people have had some very creative ways of marking their plants with things like slate, wooden pegs, cut-up plastic bottles, and so on.
What can I use?
This is entirely up to you, which means that you can get quite creative. You’ll be able to create your own style, but we would recommend that you use the same materials so everything looks nice.
Here is a brief list of some items that work great as garden markers:
- Broken plant pots
- Wooden planks
- Anything else you can write on that will survive the elements
When it comes to marking your garden, hopefully, this DIY hack will save you some time and money. By using these products creatively you can really make your garden stand out from the crowd without making it look tacky.
We know that I went over a lot of interesting DIY garden hacks today, but I want to make sure that you know all of the best tips and tricks. Plus, I know that gardening can get quite costly, especially for new gardeners who want it all yesterday.
So I hope that these tricks can save you a little bit of money. Now that you know some gardening hacks I would love to know which of the 10 DIY garden hacks will you be using?
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