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The Movers.com Blog » Blog Archive » Helpful Gardening Hacks for the Summer

Helpful Gardening Hacks for the Summer

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Planning a summer garden in your backyard this year? Whether you have a green thumb or you’re trying your hand at gardening for the first time, these simple hacks will help you plant and maintain your summer flowers and crops easily, keep away annoying pests, and eliminate destructive weeds!

Make all- natural seedling planters. Use lemon rinds or eggshells as biodegradable planters for seedlings before transferring them into your garden! Place the planter directly into the soil with your seedling to act as compost.

Create an easy DIY hanging garden. Re-purpose a fabric shoe organizer by filling pockets with soil and seeds to create a hanging garden, perfect to grow a variety of herbs. Make sure water is able to drain through the fabric, or make holes for drainage.

Reuse coffee grounds for compost. Rather than throwing them away after brewing a fresh pot of coffee, add your used coffee grounds to your garden. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, and add nutrients to your soil.

Water with a wine bottle. Keep plants hydrated by filling an empty wine bottle with water and shoving it upside down into the soil. The water will gradually be absorbed into the dirt to keep your soil moist on hot, dry days when just one watering isn’t enough.

Use egg shells to fertilize and keep away pests. Ground eggshells fertilize your soil and add calcium, as well as deter pesky beetles and slugs from destroying your plants. The shells’ sharp edges kill pests that get into your garden.

Prevent rust by storing gardening tools in sand. Store your garden tools in sand-filled pots to keep them clean and prevent rusting. Keep your tools oiled by applying boiled linseed oil to the metal and wood to further stave off rust and keep wood from growing dry and cracking.

Deter ants naturally. To avoid ants, boil citrus peels or sweet potatoes and pour the water onto your soil.

Kill weeds without chemicals. Keep destructive weeds at bay by adding one tablespoon of sugar to a damp weed or by dousing weeds with boiling water (make sure to avoid your flowers, veggies and herbs).

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