Gardening will get a whole lot easier now that you know the tips and tricks of the trade. Next time you boil up spaghetti, let the nutrient-filled water cool and pour over plants to help fertilize. Stick plastic forks into the ground to deter cats from using it as a litter box. Make a note of these 25 Totally Clever Gardening Tips & Tricks to keep your garden growing healthy and strong.
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Lemon Planter 2 of 26
Grow seedlings in a lemon peel instead of pot.
Find out more at Bright Nest.
Plastic Forks for Pests 3 of 26
Reuse plastic forks to keep cats from using your garden as a litter box.
Spotted at Hawaii Gardening.
Cucumber Trellis 4 of 26
Grow cucumbers on a trellis and plant lettuce under it to give it partial shade.
Check it out at Florida Vegetable Garden.
Packing Peanuts for Drainage 5 of 26
Use packing peanuts to help drainage and lighten large planting pots.
Spotted at This Old House.
Epsom Salt for Fertilizer 6 of 26
Epsom salt works great for fertilizing plants.
Spotted at Real Simple.
Coffee Filters for Planting 7 of 26
Put a coffee filter in the bottom of your flower pots to keep the dirt in.
Find out more at Craftaholics Anonymous.
Test Seeds 8 of 26
Test old seeds by growing them on a wet paper towel to make sure they are worth planting.
Check it out at Martha Stewart.
Regrow Pineapple 9 of 26
Plant the top of a pineapple in a pot to grow another.
Find out more at Tickled Red.
Sulfer for Peppers 10 of 26
Plant pepper with a box of matches since they like sulfur.
Find out more at Yankee Magazine.
Milk for Fertilizer 11 of 26
Milk works great as a fertilizer and anti-fungal agent.
Check it out at Gardening Know How.
Wash Basket for Veggies 12 of 26
Make this basket to wash veggies before you bring them in. Conserve water by watering your garden at the same time.
Find out more at RunnerDuck.
Eggs for Calcium 13 of 26
Use egg shells in the garden to deter pests and add calcium to the soil.
Find out more at Girl on a Bike.
Dental Floss 14 of 26
Use dental floss to tie a vine to a trellis.
Spotted at Real Simple.
Chamomile Tea for Fungus 15 of 26
Soak seeds in chamomile tea to help germinate and prevent fungus.
Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
Potatoes for Roses 16 of 26
Propagate roses by putting rose cuttings into potatoes.
Check it out at Amateur Gardening.
Soda Bottle for Greenhouse 17 of 26
Make a soda bottle cloche to use as a greenhouse for seedlings.
Find out more at Spoonful.
Recycle Water for Nutrients 18 of 26
Recycle water you've cooked eggs, potatoes, spinach, and pasta in to water your plants, because nutrients are released when you boil the food.
Find out more at My Healthy Cocina.
Bottle Planter for Watering 19 of 26
Use a bottle to make a self-watering planter for easy garden care.
Spotted at Design Sponge.
T-Shirts for Melons 20 of 26
Support growing melons with slings made from old t-shirts.
Check it out at Oregon Live.
Bananas for Roses 21 of 26
A peel from a banana has potassium that feeds roses and helps prevent disease.
Find out more at Real Simple.
Kitchen Shaker for Pesticides 22 of 26
Use a kitchen shaker of diatomaceous earth to keep pests away naturally.
Find out more at Martha Stewart.
Ashes for a Booster 23 of 26
Ashes act as an organic soil booster and deter garden pests too.
Spotted at Tip Nut.
Bottle Drip for Irrigation 24 of 26
Use a soda bottle as a drip feeder, since most vegetables can have leaf problems with overhead watering.
Find out more at Provident Living.
CD for Greenhouse 25 of 26
Build a mini green house from extra CD cases to protect new seedlings.
Find out more at 2 Green Thumbs Up.
Regrow Onions 26 of 26
Regrow green onions in your windowsill.
Check it out at The Kitchn.
Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.