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5 Simple Gardening Tricks to Try This Season

5 Simple Gardening Tricks to Try This Season

Planting season is officially upon us, and that means it’s time to get back out in the garden. That’s why we’ve put together a few ideas to try this year to help you get the most out of your plantings. Some of these make for great weekend projects to tackle with the kids as well. Let’s start with a unique way to make biodegradable seed planters!

Make Eggshell Seed Planters

Next time you’re making breakfast, hang onto those discarded eggshells. Clean them thoroughly, and then return the wider bottom halves of the shells to an empty carton. Fill them with a little potting soil and use them as makeshift seed planters. Once they’re ready to transplant, gently crush the eggshells and plant the seedlings in your garden. The crushed shells will then provide your plants with valuable minerals as they continue to grow.

Treat Your Soil with Coffee and Tea

If you have acid-loving plants in your garden such as azaleas, gardenias and rhododendrons, you can use leftover tea leaves and coffee grounds to adjust the PH of your soil. Just sprinkle about a quarter-inch of your leaves and/or grounds on the soil once a month to acidify the soil and keep your plants happy and healthy.

Turn a Shoe Organizer Into an Herb Garden

You can easily make a space-saving vertical herb garden out of a hanging cloth shoe organizer. Just hang the organizer over a wall or door outside and fill each container with potting soil. You can plant more herbs than you’ll know what to do without sacrificing valuable space in your flowerbeds.

Remove Salt Deposits With a Homemade Solution

If you notice salt deposits forming on clay pots, you can easily remove them with a simple solution of equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water. Mix the three ingredients in a spray bottle, apply it to the pots and scrub them with a nylon brush. Once the pots are dry they’ll be clean and ready for plantings.

Regrow Foods From Kitchen Scraps

A variety of foods such as basil, celery and onions can all be grown from the leftovers in your produce drawer. This is a cost-effective, efficient way to make the most of the food in your fridge. Here’s a list of 25 foods you can regrow from kitchen scraps!

Managing Chinch Bug Infestations in Your Yard

Managing Chinch Bug Infestations in Your Yard

Chinch bugs are some of the most troublesome lawn pests in North America. Here in Maryland, the hairy chinch bug is the most common variety. These tiny insects are less than ¼” long, and are characterized by the black and white stripes that run across their bodies. Because they’re so small, however, you’re unlikely to… Continue Reading