back to top
DIY

23 Cheap And Easy Tricks Every Gardener Should Know

Plant that cash back in your wallet.

Posted on
Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

1. Make your own garden markers using stones you found outside.

All you need is a sharpie! Read more here.
Via diyncrafts.com

All you need is a sharpie! Read more here.

2. Or use plastic forks you have laying around.

instagram.com

3. Soak your seeds in warm water 24 hours before sowing.

instagram.com

It's a free way to help get your plants ready to take root and grow strong.

4. Make your own self-cleaning & self-sharpening garden tool holder.

The abrasive sand will keep your tools sharp and the oil keeps them lubricated so they don't get any dirt or rust build up. Get the step-by-step instructions here.
One Good Thing by Jillee / Via onegoodthingbyjillee.com

The abrasive sand will keep your tools sharp and the oil keeps them lubricated so they don't get any dirt or rust build up. Get the step-by-step instructions here.

5. Use coffee grounds to keep pests far away from your precious plants.

instagram.com

It also enriches the soil. Win-win.

6. Make your own ~environmentally friendly~ soap oil spray.

It's just as effective as the store bought versions, waaay cheaper, and won't be dangerous to your family! Find out how to make your own here.
One Good Thing By Jillee / Via onegoodthingbyjillee.com

It's just as effective as the store bought versions, waaay cheaper, and won't be dangerous to your family! Find out how to make your own here.

7. Make an herb garden out of that random little wooden box you bought at the flea market.

Mint for all your summer cocktails, basil for pizza, and cilantro for guacamole. It's really the only thing you need in your garden...amiright.
Julie Ann / Via julieannart.com

Mint for all your summer cocktails, basil for pizza, and cilantro for guacamole. It's really the only thing you need in your garden...amiright.

8. Lay diapers in your pots to keep the soil moist for days.

No joke. Just make sure you lay them absorbent side up! Read more here.
Kelly / Via smartschoolhouse.com

No joke. Just make sure you lay them absorbent side up! Read more here.

9. DIY a bird bath.

Chris Carey
justagirlblog.com

Chris Carey

Chris Carey
justagirlblog.com

Chris Carey

You only need three things: a plant stand, a water tray from a large planter, and a fern. Check out the tutorial here.

10. Use an old milk jug as a makeshift watering can.

instagram.com

11. Use your old boots to make a unique mounted garden.

Find the step-by-step tutorial here.
Cortnee / Via thechicsite.com

Find the step-by-step tutorial here.

12. Organize unplanted seeds in the sleeves of an old photo album.

instagram.com

You know you aren't using that thing for hard copies of pictures anymore.

13. Instead of throwing away eggshells, put them in your garden!

Read more here.
Cortnee / Via thechicsite.com

Read more here.

14. Give your planter pots an easy makeover with tape and some paint.

Melissa DiRenzo
thesweetescape.ca

Melissa DiRenzo

Melissa DiRenzo
thesweetescape.ca

Melissa DiRenzo

There's no need to buy new ones when you have this easy how-to.

15. Use half a lemon rind to start a seedling.

instagram.com

Read how here.

16. Use an old cardboard drink holder for starting seeds.

instagram.com

It keeps everything nice and tidy, AND prevents those baby plants from falling over! Read about why it works and how to do it here.

17. Grow green onions from fresh ones.

instagram.com

Seeds? Yeah right. Buy some fresh ones at the grocery store and make more out of them! Cut off the bottoms and lay them out somewhere to dry. Then plant them a few days later and they'll sprout!

18. Use leftover wine bottles as garden edging.

instagram.com

19. Make ties for your tomato plants out of an old t-shirt.

instagram.com

Keep those unwieldy plants upright. Even Martha Stewart recommends it! Check it out here.

20. Turn your rake into a measuring tape.

instagram.com

You'll have one less tool you have to haul out to the garden and know exactly how tall your gorgeous plants have gotten.

21. Pop herbs in the freezer to keep them fresh longer.

instagram.com

Cut them up and pop them in ice cube trays with water or olive oil. When you want to use them, defrost! Read more here.

22. Use toilet paper to make seed tape.

instagram.com

Because seeds are effing SMALL and kinda hard to plant in an organized fashion. Get the easy step-by-step instructions here.

23. Use leftover beer from your party to kill slugs.

Hate to kill them...but they will die happy. Here's how. Cheers!
Flickr: SteveR- / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: git

Hate to kill them...but they will die happy. Here's how. Cheers!