Gardening requires money to raise your crops. You cannot manage it without budget allocation. It’s part of our lifestyle. Also, it’s one of the ways wherein you can connect yourself with nature especially if you are a plant lover.
It’s time to apply the three Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle to gardening. Recycle the things you can see around you. Reuse, instead of throwing them away and most of all reduce your expenses.
Here are seven easy and cost effective gardening hacks you can utilise at home:
1) Recycle large cans for pot plant and decorate them.
Recycle large cans and use them as pots. In that way, you save some money at the same time you’re able to utilise your DIY skills and creativity.
2) Use empty bottle for watering.
Make use of your empty milk jug at home. Poke some holes in the lid of the jug by using a needle. In this case, you can refrain from buying a watering can. This is a lot easier and a perfect way to water your plants.
3) Collect food scraps and use them as natural fertilisers.
Purchasing high-quality plant fertilisers are costly. Why not use a natural fertiliser? Vegetable and fruit wastes, grains, anything made of flour such as old bread, corn cobs and husks can nourish your garden soil.
4) Use citrus peel to start your seedlings.
Use your leftover lemons to start your seedlings. Create a hole at the bottom of the lemon peel and fill it with a good source of soil. The decomposed lemon peel will add extra nutrients to the plant as it grows.
5) Use coffee grounds to protect your plants from pests.
Coffee grounds is one of the food scraps you can use as plant fertilisers. It protects your plants from pesky insects. The substance found on coffee grounds can add nitrogen to your fertiliser. So, it adds an organic chemical to the soil that improves water retention and soil aeration.
6) Create physical barriers by using broken pot plant.
Don’t throw your broken pots yet. You can use it by placing them between plants. In that way, it creates a physical barrier for your crops. It’ll be better if you can add labels to identify the type of plant growing in that specific area.
7) DIY self-watering bottle.
For a hassle-free of watering your plants, use an empty bottle with a narrow neck. Fill it with water and turn it upside down. Push the bottle to the soil and place it near the planters. The soil will absorb water and keep the plant’s roots moist.
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