8 Brilliant Gardening Hacks

Learn 8 brilliant gardening hacks from household items to make your life easy and simple in your garden. Take a look!

Learn 8 brilliant gardening hacks from household items to make your life easy and simple in your garden. Take a look!

Everyone loves shortcuts or out-of-the-ordinary ways to solve problems. Sometimes the simplest household items, or using an item in a different way, can be the solution. Here are eight tips and tricks to make your gardening chores easier and less expensive. Sometimes it pays to think outside the box!

1. Use soap shavings to keep away squirrels.

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Some people think squirrels are cute… but some of us think opposite! There is nothing more maddening than planting lovely containers, raised beds or a regular garden only to have squirrels dig up the soil and sometimes even the plants. An easy and inexpensive way to keep the squirrels away is to grate a bar of Irish Spring bath soap around your plants. Depending on the amount of space you need to cover, just a few bars should be enough. Unless you receive record amounts of rain, the soap shavings should work for a few weeks. Even after the soap dissolves, the scent lingers and keeps the squirrels away.

2. Put plastic forks in containers to keep away animals.

A great solution to keep squirrels or bunnies out of your containers is to stick plastic forks in your soil with the tines pointing up. It doesn’t harm your plants at all (or the animals), and there is literally no room for them to dig. Click this link to learn how to make the cork plant markers:

3. Use egg cartons to start seedlings indoors.

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It’s very exciting when winter is over, and spring is just around the corner…and it’s time to start seedlings for the garden. One of the easiest ways to do that is to plant them in egg cartons! Each egg well holds the perfect amount of potting soil. Just make sure to put the cartons on a water-proof surface.

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