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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.

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.

3. Succulent cuttings begat even more succulents.

4. Start a seedling in a lemon rind.

5. Or in an eggshell.

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Here is how it's done.

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.

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

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Find out more here.

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

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Get the directions here.

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

Here is how to plant them.

10. Same with celery.

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

12. Use shower caddies to make a hanging garden.

These are from Ikea and lined with felt.

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

Get the directions here.

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.

15. Use toilet paper to make seed tape.


Which will help you space small seeds evenly.

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.

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

They should still be able to drain.

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.

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

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Find out more here.

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

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

23. Alum will help your hydrangeas stay perky.

Find out more here.

24. Preserve herbs by freezing them into ice cubes.

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

25. Vodka can help cut flowers stay fresh longer.

26. And beer helps kill slugs.

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At least they'll die happy.

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


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

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

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

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

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