30 Insanely Clever Gardening Tricks

No green thumb required.

1. Make biodegradable planters out of toilet paper rolls.

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So you can plan your garden to your heart’s content. Here is how.

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2. Grow your own MOSS GRAFFITI.

It’s actually quite simple, as long as you’ve picked the right location with enough sunlight, and the mixture requires buttermilk, which seems very whimsical indeed.

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3. Succulent cuttings begat even more succulents.

Find out how to do it at Succulents and Sunshine.

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4. Start a seedling in a lemon rind.

Find out how at My Roman Apartment.

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5. Or in an eggshell.

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Here is how it’s done.

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6. Don’t have a watering can that pours how you like? Make one out of a gallon jug.

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Find out how to do it here.

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7. Or turn a jug into a shovel (or three).

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Find out more here.

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8. Make a ridiculously cheap herb garden (indoor or outdoor) using an Ikea doo-dad.

Get the directions here.

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9. You can plant more basil from your leftover store-bought cuttings.

Here is how to plant them.

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10. Same with celery.

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That’s strangely lovely.

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I could srsly look at pictures of repropagating plants all day long. Find out how here.

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12. Use shower caddies to make a hanging garden.


These are from Ikea and lined with felt.

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13. Make your own vertical herb garden out of a shoe rack.

Get the directions here.

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14. Keep your plants from dying when you’re away* with this paper towel trick.

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*Or just lazy.

Shove a tightly rolled paper towel into the soil and then drape the remaining end in a glass of water.

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15. Use toilet paper to make seed tape.


Which will help you space small seeds evenly.

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16. And use leftover coffee grounds to enrich your soil and repel critters.

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Find out more about it here. Plus, many coffee shops will offer free grounds to use for composting.

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17. Keep soil from leaking out of your pots’ drainage holes with coffee filters.

They should still be able to drain.

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18. Use car wax to lube uncooperative tools like gardening shears.

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19. Baking soda can make home-grown tomatoes taste less tart.

Find out how to do it here.

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20. Storing tools in builders sand will help keep them from rusting.

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Find out more here.

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21. Make sure your old seeds are still worth planting by testing a few on paper.

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22. Use a diaper to retain moisture in a planter.

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23. Alum will help your hydrangeas stay perky.

Find out more here.

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24. Preserve herbs by freezing them into ice cubes.

Because it’s hard to use a fistful of basil every damn day.

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25. Vodka can help cut flowers stay fresh longer.

Here is why.

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26. And beer helps kill slugs.

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At least they’ll die happy.

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27. Give broken pots a new lease on life by turning them into plant markers.


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28. Or just use your seed packets to remember what you planted.

Buy these plastic containers for them here or just make your own.

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29. No need to buy a trellis; make one out of zip ties and bamboo poles.

Here’s how it’s done.

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30. Swap out plants seasonally by planting them still in their pots.

You’ll have the most beautiful garden all year round.

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