Everybody, even me, likes spending a lot of time in their garden trying to make it as beautiful as they can. Since I enjoy spending time in my garden, I have developed a number of tips and tricks which can help you with your gardening.
- To prevent collecting dirt under my fingernails while I’m working in the garden, I draw my fingernails across a bar of soap and by doing this I seal the underside of my nails thus preventing dirt collect beneath them. After I finish gardening, I use a nail brush to remove the soap under my nails and they look sparkling clean.
- I have to turn my long-handled tool into a measuring stick. I did this by placing the garden tool on the ground and next to it I placed a tape measure. Using a marker I wrote inches and foot marks on the handle of the tool. This makes it easier for me when I need to measure some distance because I have a measurement tool in my hands.
- If you are using a garden twine as much as I do there is a very simple trick that you can do to have it ready whenever you need it. Place your twine in a small clay pot pull its end through the drainage hole and just turn the pot upside down.
- In my garden, I like to mark all my plans. But instead of using the traditional markings with a stick and paper, I wanted to come up with something more fun. That’s why I started using stones on which I write the name of the plant with a permanent marker and place it near my plants.
- My plans often catch aphids. I try to get rid of aphids with a strong blast of water or with insecticidal soap, but I managed to find another way. To make sure that those little buggers are gone for good, wrap a wide strip of tape with the sticky side out around your hand and pat the leaves of your infested plants, especially the undersides.
- If you have plants that love acid-rich soil then you can use your leftover coffee or tea grounds to acidify the soil. I sprinkle a little bit of the grounds of about one-quarter of an inch once a month.
- I found a really quick way to dry herbs: I place them on a sheet of newspaper in my car, arrange them in a single layer, roll up the windows of my car and close the doors. This way they dry really quickly and perfectly and what’s more, my car smells great.
- If your clay pots form salt deposits then I have found a really easy way to remove them. You just need to mix equal amounts of white vinegar, water, and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Then sprinkle the mixture into the pot and scrub it with a plastic brush. Just remember that before you plant anything you need to let the pot dry.