Whether you’re a green-fingered garden guru, or a complete novice, summer is the perfect time of year to focus on making your garden and home beautiful. Some say that gardening is a fine art, where lots of tips and tricks are needed to get the hang of it. But for most people, it’s just a process of trial and error. The art to gardening starts from the basics – knowing how to stop slugs eating your plants, learning how to keep your soil moist for longer, and even how to get your seeds growing to their full potential.
With a little bit of effort and a big dose of inspiration from these tips and hacks, you’ll transform your garden into perfection in no time.
1. Make sure you have a constant power supply
This is one you may not think of, but if you’re looking at spending a day in the garden using power tools especially in those hard-to-reach areas at the back of the garden, you need to consider backup supplies. Generators are handy to have in the house, mainly due to being fantastic value for money and perfect for home and hobbyist use. You’ll find there are so many types of generators for sale, designed to be run occasionally, making them perfect for backup use when working in the garden at the weekend.
2. Use household items to fend off snails and slugs
If your plants are constantly falling victim to garden snails and slugs, you may be surprised to know that common household goods are a great way to discourage them. Plus, they can also make eco-friendly options too. The top ones that have the most success rates are using grapefruit skins, cut in half and turned upside down, around your plant. Apparently these keep slugs and snails well away from the plants, as they can’t stand the smell or the texture.
Another sure-fire way to get rid of them is by using beer! In a nutshell, creating a beer trap is one of the most popular methods, as it’s the strong smell of beer that slugs and snails can’t resist. They tend to follow the smell, so leave a container filled with beer buried into the ground, so the soil level is just below the top of the carton. The slugs and snails are attracted to the smell, meaning they fall in and drown.
3. Keep soil moist by using nappies!
This is where utilising babies items can come in very handy! A smart way to keep your soil moist for days is by using clean, unused nappies, especially when used in flower pots or hanging baskets. So how does this work?
The granules used in nappies are said to absorb a large amount of water, and so will release this water to the pot or hanging basket as the plants need it. A great method for retaining the moisture.
4. Soak your seeds in warm water before planting
If you’re wanting to grow new flower beds or plants, it could be worth soaking the seeds in warm water for 24 hours before sowing. The reason this is so effective is because the warm water infusing into the seeds will actually break the seeds dormancy. All seeds will need to absorb water before germination takes place, so soaking them will actually speed up the germination process in many plants. Who knew?
5. Vodka can help flowers stay fresh longer
Another unusual garden hack involves the usage of Vodka – and no, it’s not advised to drink it whilst working hard on your garden! Vodka inhibits bacteria growth, so a few drops in a vase of water can help to keep the water clean for cut flowers. The same can be said by adding 1-2 drops to your watering can when watering your flowers planting into the ground.
If you don’t happen to own any vodka, then a teaspoon of sugar or pennies work in a similar way too. With pennies, the copper works as an acidifier and inhibits bacteria that way. The best way to do this is to place a copper coin in the bottom of a vase, which should help your flowers stand strong, rather than drooping around the vase.
Now you can change the way you garden forever!