6 Helpful Gardening Hacks Every Beginner Should Read

Written by Grace & Silas

Gardening can be a great hobby that can also give you some great homegrown food or flowers. And whether you want to become self-sustaining or simply have a garden you can sit in and feel proud of, there are ways that you can go from greenhorn to green thumb with ease. And these gardening hacks will have you potting like a pro in no time.

Repurpose Cardboard Tubes

Most of us throw away the inner tubes from kitchen or toilet rolls. However, some gardeners will hang onto them as they can be recycled as seed trays. Cut them down and place them in a waterproof tray to plant your seeds and seedlings. Why spend money on specific trays when you can use trash items that are present in every household?

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Use Cinnamon Powder

When you’ve started growing your cardboard tube seedlings, you will want to ensure that they don’t fall prey to diseases. To do this, it can be a good idea to sprinkle ground cinnamon on the soil. It will also keep your garden smelling delicious too.

Trick the Pests

Slugs and snails can ruin your garden and plants. To combat this, try putting cups of beer in your garden; it’ll easily attract them!

Use Epsom Salt

We all want our lawns to look luscious and green. And one trick here is to mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and spray it all over your grass. This will help the grass become healthier and greener without needing to pay out for any chemicals which would be bad for the environment.

Use Your Grass Clippings

Using a compost bin or other buckets can be a really wise idea. Not only will you be recycling your garden waste, you will also save yourself money in the future from buying compost. You can use grass cuttings, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps, and newspaper to make your own compost.

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Make Little Greenhouses

Seedlings and small plants can be vulnerable. You may not have space for a greenhouse or the money to invest in one. So to protect your plants, you can create miniature greenhouses out of plastic bottles. 

Your garden should be a place of enjoyment, not just another chore that has to be done. And using little hacks like these can make the work easier so you can spend more time relaxing and less time in the dirt. So go ahead and give them a try!


Meet Silas & Grace

Silas and Grace always had a passion for travel. So in 2016, they started Chasing Foxes as an independent income source. 4 months after launch, they were making enough money from their blog to travel full-time, and in the past 5 years, they’ve been able to encourage others in their blogging journeys too. Learn more about Silas & Grace.

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