15 Garden Hacks That’ll Turn Any Thumb Green

Make your garden perfect and healthy this autumn with these awesome garden tips. Your friends will be begging you to share the secrets!

1. Create a planting template


You may know how to work with a document template, but now you can make a “planting template” right in your garden. Start with a square-shaped, wooden board, and then add wooden spools to easily “punch” seed holes into the fertile soil. This will save you precious time and keep your planting lines as straight as an arrow so that your garden looks neat and well- ordered.

2. Create a vertical tube planter


You can also use a vertical tube to grow strawberries by cutting round holes all over the tube, allowing enough stretching space for the strawberries to grow outward. This is a great way to grow strawberries in urban places as it takes up very little space.  

3. Create Rubbermaid container gardens


Fill a Rubbermaid container with soil to make a cute porch garden and save space.
A hint: Use hack #14 to keep the container light and moveable.

4. Very practical and cute bike rim trellis


This is another great idea for the many urban gardens! Place a steel rod in the middle of 2 recycled bike rims. Tie lines of garden twine from one tire to the other, paying attention they are at least 2 inches apart. Place them vertically in your garden and watch as your growing vines thrive on this sturdy trellis.

5. Remember: Epsom salts are healthy for your “green pets”!

We have written so much for these salts. They are good not only for your skin, but more so for your garden plants. A little reminder: they are rich in magnesium and sulfate -2 minerals which every plant needs in order to stay healthy and upright.

6. Grow roses with potatoes

The best way to help your rose cuttings survive is to use potatoes. Simply place the cutting into a potato before putting it into the soil and the extra moisture from the vegetable will help cultivate a beautiful rose plant!

7. It takes 1 single pot to grow 100 pounds of potatoes

So now you need potatoes to grow roses? Do not bother at all! Growing potatoes in a barrel reduces the multiplication of pests and fungi and eliminates shovel damaged potatoes.

8. Switching plants now made easy

A pot-in-pot method is exactly what it sounds like. Use buried pots in your garden to place grown, potted plants into. This brings many benefits, including being able to switch seasonal plants, as well as experimenting with plant placement in spots of shade or sunlight.

9. Start seedling in a lemon

Your plants will have a better chance of survival if you start them out in a lemon citrus fruit. Cut a lemon in half, scoop out the middle (put it on the side for your juices), add a handful of soil and seed and watch as your new plant quickly grows.

10. Or you can start your fragile seedlings in an eggshell

Eggshells have the essential minerals needed to help seedlings survive before being transferred into the garden. The best part is that these natural “pots” come completely free of charge!

11. Ground eggshells make a good fertilizer

Grind up recycled eggshells to make a healthy and natural fertilizer. Your garden will absolutely thank you for all the calcium added!

12. Diapers retain moisture in potted plants

You can place a spare baby diaper at the bottom of your planter before adding soil to keep the moisture.

13. Coffee filters will do the job too

Alternatively, you could use coffee filers to retain the moisture in your potted plants. I’d suggest using whatever you have around the house to keep costs low and save a trip to the store.

14. Milk jugs make a perfect watering container and more

Empty milk jugs are easily recyclable- just turn them into a water container. Simply poke holes in the lid and fill it with water. It is easy to hold them and cost-free! Milk jugs also save potting soil. Place recycled milk jugs at the bottom of your pot to reduce the amount of soil needed. It will keep your potted plants lighter and easy to move, and most important of all – save you money.

15. Easy to grow squash


Dig a hole and place a pot into the soil (make sure the pot has holes at the bottom). Then simply plant squash seeds around the base of the pot. Pour water into the pot to get water straight to the root of the squash! This will keep them hydrated for a long time.
If watering is your problem, opt for this: collect rain water in plastic containers and use it to water your plants. Cut down on those water bills!