Gardening is easier with these garden tips and tricks. It’s almost time to get those pots and dig out your gardening gloves and tools to prepare for spring planting. Whether you’re a beginner gardener or someone who’s been at it for years, we can all use a few tips to make gardening easier, right?
We’ve found some terrific garden tips, tricks,and even vegetable gardening tips for everything from testing your soil composition to starting your seeds and beyond. Check them out! And don’t miss our post with tips to get rid of weeds and out garden DIYs to make your backyard garden the envy of the neighborhood.
Best Garden Tips You Need to Know to Become a Greenthumb
Even if you are a beginner at growing anything. These best gardening tips will help your garden grow faster than you could have imagined! AND with better results!! Produce!!
1. Fork Your Garden to keep the critters out.
Plastic forks inserted stem side down into the ground can help keep little critters like snails and slugs away from small plants. Use biodegradable forks (not pictured) plastic can leech into the soil. We want your plants to be as healthy as possible. Totally going to try it this year to deter our annuals.
2. Add Calcium to your soil with eggshells
Place eggshells around the bottoms of plants to add calcium to the soil – an added perk, the shells also discourage pests and small bugs. Plants in the species: Brassica oleracea are especially hungry for extra calcium, those are plants like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, spinach, and more. To help the eggshells be absorbed more quickly into your garden – stick them into the blender and powderize them. Your garden will thank you.
3. Use Garden Tarps to protect and prepare your garden.
Plastic groundsheets are a gift if you are an early planter. They make terrific raised bed covers, as well as even ground heating! You can start seedlings with translucent cover, and if you are in a cold climate you can even use a black cover sheet to warm up the soil before you put your seeds or plants in the ground. So many ways your garden will thank you with just plastic sheeting and binder clips.
4. Clever Garden Tip: Wrap Tomato Plants in Plastic
Insulate tomato plants with plastic wrap if you live in a cooler climate. It creates a greenhouse effect and warms up the plants to help them thrive. (We have more plastic wrap hacks!) Your tomato plants will have a head start so you will have more tomatoes all season long!
5. Beginners: Do a quick mason jar soil test
Knowledge is power, in life and in gardening. Determine if the soil composition of your garden space, is sandy, clay, or silt – even degrading compost. Know what your soil makeup is using a mason jar “test” and then you can make adjustments as necessary.
6. Protect Your Garden from Pests.
Do you have a lot of rabbits? Even raccoons?? They can decimate a garden in mere hours. One of the best tips to avoid having your garden munched on, is to stake a rope just 4-5 inches off the ground. It is low enough to deter small animals, and not high to make it hard to tend the garden.
7. Don’t over-water your garden.
Using a watering can is better than a straight hose. This is especially important with young shoots, when you are first planting your garden. Gentle watering is imperative. Make your spring gardening chores easier with a DIY watering can. It’s the perfect size for watering seedlings and small plants.
8. Create a Self-Watering Garden
Super EASY gardening tricks: If you are going out of town and want to make sure that your plants get enough water while you are gone?? Use an old water bottle or even a milk jug. Poke small holes into the sides of the bottle. Then, you can bury it in the ground, so that the water doesn’t evaporate as it drips slowly into the soil. Your plants will thank you when you go on vacation.
9. Gardening Idea: Start Seedlings in Eggshells
Looking for new ways to start your garden?? Consider using biodegradable items from your kitchen. You canstart your seeds in eggshells. By starting your seeds instead of buying plants that have already begun to grow, you can save big bucks on your gardening costs. Beans, squash, cucumbers, melons, all of them are easy to start in eggshells. When it is time to plant them just lightly tap the shell to crack it before planting the entire egg, shell and plant into your garden.
10. Start Acidic-loving Plants in Citrus Rinds
Create your garden seedlings in citrus rinds. Yup! Don’t throw out those citrus peels. You don’t even have to pull the seedlings out — just plop them into the ground, peel and all, when they’re ready to be planted. Turnips, peppers, tomatoes, and TONS of other plants thrive with acidic soils. Using a peel gives them a solid start to a long healthy plant-life. When its time to transplant them, just plant the peel and all into your garden.
11. Seedling pods help your plants get a healthy start
Create your own seedling pods using newspaper. You can fold origami paper cups – they take mere seconds to make! Then fill them with soil, some seeds. Added perk of using newspaper, you will be able to tell if the plant is getting too much or too little water as you can see the moisture in the paper. SHMART! Newspaper disintegrates fairly quickly making it a better choice for fast-growing plants. We’ve used newspaper pods for our beans and melons.
12. Help new plants have a solid start and be protected.
Use a gallon milk jug. Cut the bottom out of your milk jug and place this around your new plants. This helps those plants who are between the seedling phase, but not yet strong enough for all the elements and storms (or rabbits!) to have a great solid start. Be sure to leave the lid off your jug so the plants can breathe as they grow. You only need to use the jugs for a week or two in your garden.
12. Keep hanging plants watered.
Hanging plants have a tendency to dry out quickly. Water pours through the planters it is hard to keep the soil in them fertilized… and with the sun beaming on the soil, often plants struggle. No more. Put a diaper in potted plants to help them retain moisture. Neat! The silica in the diaper retains the moisture and waters the plants consistently. We would suggest using organic chemical-free diapers if this is for an edible plant. You should also sprinkle some fertilizer into the bottom of the planter. Retaining moisture and nutrients is the hanging plant’s biggest struggle.
13. Create a Bug-Free Baby Zone While You Garden
Want to bring the baby out with you to the garden? Put a crib sheet over the pack and play to provide shade and to keep bugs away. This allows your kiddo to enjoy the outdoor sun while helping you focus on the garden, knowing that your kiddo is safe and content outside. Added perk, they cant throw their toys out of the playpen!!
14. Repurpose Winter Sleds to Drag Dirt, Stones & Landscaping Items
Use a sled to easily transport heavy items to and from your garden shed. After moving literally DOZENS of bags of dirt and mulch last weekend, let me tell ya, this easy-to-do gardening hack will help you more than any other!! Your back will thank you!
15. Store your gardening tools – In the garden!
If your mailbox has seen better days, replace it and put the old one near your garden to store your garden tools. With this clever gardening storage tip, you won’t need to go all the way to the shed to grab a tool, they will be right there, where you need them the most.
16. Contain Gardening Tools with an Old Golf Bag.
Use an old golf bag as a caddy for your garden tools. Upcycle your old bag instead of throwing it away. Golf bags are extremely durable, and they stand up, meaning your gardening and weeding tools will be contained with a minimum amount of floor space being used! You’re garden and tool shed will thank you. Perfect for rakes, shovels, hoes, and more.
17. Gardening Tricks – Create a Patio Garden using Tubs.
Is yard space limited? Hack Rubbermaid containers to grow your own container garden on your back porch. They’re large enough to accommodate just about anything you’d want to plant.
18. Label Garden Plants to Remember What is Planted Where.
Garden markers can help you quickly identify what’s planted where. We love these wine cork and fork garden markers. You can use them as decor in your potted plants, too! (See more wine cork projects.)
19. Wash Lettuce in the garden.
Lettuce can be exceptionally dirty in the garden. Do your initial wash with the water you will water your plants with!! This keeps the dirt IN your garden beds. AND it is a total time saver… Wash your produce right after you harvest them to save you from taking dirty fruits and veggies into the kitchen. This tub and colander (affiliate) combo is the perfect tool.
20. Clean veggies with Vinegar
Use a mixture of two parts water and one part of vinegar (here is a recipe/instructions). The vinegar will kill the bacteria in the produce… AND if you let the vegetables soak in vinegar it will remove the pesticides as well (but it can affect the flavor – with strawberries and some fruit this will sweeten the fruit, with other veggies you may taste an aftertaste). We suggest using Apple Cider Vinegar.
21. Gardening Tricks: Pair plants to Help them Grow
Pair your garden plants together. Plants can have soul-mates just like people! And they can complement each other so well. Research the plants you are putting into your garden and pair or group them together so they help each other. Like Corn and Beans! They love each other and promote each other’s growth… but don’t plant them beside beets or they will stunt each other’s growth. Research your plants and pair them with their soulmates.
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- Brussels Sprouts. Brussels sprouts love cool weather and are often grown in cool climates as a spring crop that holds in the garden through summer. ...
- Beans. Beans of all types grow quickly and can produce abundant harvests up until frost. ...
- Radishes. ...
- Turnips. ...
- Collards. ...
- Green Onions. ...
- Kohlrabi. ...
“Plant” Plastic Forks to Deter Critters
Placing forks in the soil around your plants will discourage animals like raccoons, cats, squirrels and deer from wandering into the garden and helping themselves to your crops.
Good soil is the key to a successful garden.
Plants depend on the soil for nutrients, stability, and drainage. To grow your best garden, start with well-drained, sandy loam and add as much organic matter as possible.
Radish. Radishes are probably the fastest growing vegetable in your garden, being ready to pick in as little as 30 days from planting the seeds. Their peppery flavor is a hit on the vegetable tray or added to a fresh lettuce salad.What is the easiest plant to grow? ›
It's official: beans, peas, and pumpkins are among the top ten easiest plants to grow from seed, according to a list created by the Home Garden Seed Association. Also on the list: cucumbers, zinnias, cosmos, sunflowers, lettuce, radishes, and squash.What garden tool is for breaking up and turning over soil? ›
Shovels are great for digging most materials in your yard or garden. They're also good for breaking up and turning over soil and compost. Shovels have a bowl-shaped blade with a rounded edge.What is a weeding fork? ›
Weeding Fork quantity. The weeding fork is great for getting under weeds and loosening them with their roots from the soil and for removing plants from soil without damaging the roots. The stainless steel tines are strong enough to dig and cultivate soils of all types and conditions.Why do people put plastic forks in the ground? ›
Keep the pests at a distance
If you have problems with pests like rabbits or deer eating your plants, put some plastic forks in the ground.
- Be on the lookout for plant swaps. ...
- Shop for plants in the off-season. ...
- Start from seeds. ...
- Save seeds. ...
- Accept cuttings from friends. ...
- Build a raised bed from found materials. ...
- Make your own soil amendments. ...
- Find free mulch.
- Consider What to Plant.
- Pick the Best Garden Spot.
- Clear the Ground.
- Test and Improve Your Soil.
- Prepare Your Planting Beds.
- Pick Your Plants.
- Start Planting.
- Water at the Right Time.
Generally March and April, when the soil begins to warm, are the best months to begin sowing many hardy annual vegetable seeds outdoors including broccoli, cabbage, chard, carrots, peas and parsnips.What is the best color of dirt? ›
Generally speaking, colors that indicate good soil are dark brown, red and tan. Dark brown suggests that the soil has a good percentage of organic matter. Red reflects the oxidized iron content of the soil, while tan indicates a combination of organic matter and iron.What is the secret to growing tomatoes? ›
Tomatoes are a warm-weather crop. They don't tolerate frosts, and they don't like cold “feet”. Warming up the soil prior to planting improves early root growth and gets the plants off to a better start. It's a tomato growing secret many gardeners don't always consider.What vegetables should not be planted together? ›
- Tomatoes and potatoes. ...
- Onions and peas. ...
- Cabbage and strawberries. ...
- Carrots and dill. ...
- Cucumbers and basil. ...
- Fennel and lettuce.
1. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) Probably the most popular of the perennial food plants, asparagus can take two or three years to become well established but then can continue producing spears for at least 15 years or so.What is the #1 thing plants need to grow? ›
Water, air, and sunlight are the most important things that a plant needs for growth. Plants take in carbon dioxide from the air and convert it into glucose through the process of photosynthesis, which is powered by sunlight.How do you loosen hard soil? ›
For a large vegetable garden, another solution is to grow a cover crop at the end of the season, then mow and turn in the following spring before planting. The roots penetrate the compacted soil and loosen it. By mowing and turning the mowed tops in, the soil is additionally loosened.What do you turn over soil with? ›
To loosen soil, you can use a hand tiller. Made with rotating tines, tillers can move large areas of ground. If you have a much larger piece of land, you might want to consider a rotor tiller, which is a large machine.What is a finger weeder? ›
Finger weeders are a tool used in conjunction with a cultivator. Finger weeders mount to a cultivators toolbar and will mount on most cultivation systems. The main benefit of finger weeders is that they effectively remove weeds from the plant row itself, without harming the crop.What is a fishtail weeder? ›
A very traditional tool sometimes called the fishtail weeder which is extremely effective for removing dandelions and other tap root weeds from the garden borders and paths. The long ash handle and stainless steel rocker allow the “fish tail” to lift and remove the weed.
A pitchfork or hay fork is an agricultural tool used to pitch loose material, such as hay, straw, manure, or leaves. It has a long handle and usually two to five thin tines designed to efficiently move such materials.What does it mean to fork someone's lawn? ›
Toilet papering trees and shrubs in someone's yard, egging cars or houses, soaping up car windows, prank calls, etc. If you wake up and it looks like the poor man's miniature Arlington National Cemetery on your lawn, now you know what's up: You've been forked.What is a bedding fork used for? ›
The Ames bedding fork is used for moving a variety of materials such as straw, hay, wood chips and mulch. It can also be used to clear and replace mulch around plants. The 10 steel tines are tempered for years of service.What does it mean to fork someone? ›
To bring more clarity—forking is when a couple lies horizontally with their legs entangled with each other. This position can get tricky and cumbersome, if not done properly. It is more erotic than spooning as you can feel your partner's genitals on your thighs, and eventually sets up the mood for some romance.What can I grow in my backyard to make money? ›
The best plants to grow and sell include tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and broccoli. Don't limit yourself just to transplants for the vegetable garden, though. You can also pot up and sell shrubs, lilies, and house plants.What is the best way to layout a garden? ›
As a general rule, put tall veggies toward the back of the bed, mid-sized ones in the middle, and smaller plants in the front or as a border. Consider adding pollinator plants to attract beneficial insects that can not only help you get a better harvest, but will also prey on garden pests.What are the easiest vegetables to grow? ›
The easiest vegetables to grow from seed are those that require little intervention besides planting and watering. 'Many vegetables are easy to grow from seed,' says Turner. 'Lettuce, beans, cucumber, squash, radish, peas, pumpkins, arugula and okra would be what I'd consider the easiest.How should I arrange my garden? ›
Aim to plant crops in triangles rather than rows.
To get the maximum yields from each bed, pay attention to how you arrange your plants. Avoid planting in square patterns or rows. Instead, stagger the plants by planting in triangles. By doing so, you can fit 10 to 14% more plants in each bed.
“Lay a pathway using brick, cobblestone, or even concrete—and if you choose the latter, take it a step further by painting it in contrasting colors,” says Brian Rhoden of Daniels Lawn Service in Orlando.. “Two contrasting colors, such as black and gold, give an air of luxury without breaking the bank.”How do you start a garden side hustle? ›
- Sell seedlings.
- Propagate and sell cuttings.
- Garden consulting.
- Start a gardening blog.
- Sell heirloom seeds.
- Take your produce to market.
- Sell flowers from your garden.
- Sell dried herbs.
- Bamboo. Landscapers and homeowners are paying as much as $150 each for potted bamboo plants, and many growers are finding it hard to keep up with the demand. ...
- Flowers. ...
- Ginseng. ...
- Ground Covers. ...
- Herbs. ...
- Landscaping Trees and Shrubs. ...
- Mushrooms. ...
- Ornamental Grasses.
The latest time to plant for most vegetables would be the second week in June with a short harvest time. If planting crops that mature within 50 days, you could plant those as late as the last week in June, but keep in mind the weather will be turning cooler, especially at night. Cool crops are best for late plantings.When should I water my garden day or night? ›
The best time to water plants is in the morning or evening.
Morning watering is actually preferable to evening watering as the plant has time to dry before the sun goes down. At night, water tends to rest in the soil, around the roots, and on the foliage, which encourages rot, fungal growth, and insects.
From spring to fall is the growing season. The most vigorous growth of plants will be in the summer when the sun is up and out the longest. During winter, the sun is neither as high in the sky, nor in the sky for as long as it is in the summer. For your plants, that means less light.What color indicates poor soil quality? ›
Poorly drained soils are often dominated by blue-grey colours often with yellow mottling. Well drained soils will usually have bright and uniform colours.What are dirty colors? ›
A dirty color is a clean color that has been dulled down by adding gray or black. A dirty color can also be thought of as being muddy or muted. Both clean and dirty colors can range from very light to very dark in tone and shade.What color hides most of the dirt? ›
White. White cars are one of the most common on the road because of their clean look. There's a good reason for that! They're excellent at concealing dust, grime, and water stains—as long as you're not driving on dirt or red clay roads.Why put baking soda around tomato plants? ›
Although it seems silly, this simple garden trick really works. The baking soda absorbs into the soil and lowers its acidity levels giving you tomatoes that are more sweet than tart.What is the tastiest tomato? ›
The Brandywine is perhaps most commonly named the best-tasting tomato variety. It has the perfect balance of sugar and acidity with that superb, old-fashioned tomato taste. Growing conditions can affect the flavor quality more than some other varieties on this list.What does Epsom salt do for growing tomatoes? ›
Epsom salt spray can be used late in the growing season to increase tomato and pepper yield and keep plants green and bushy. Early in the season, you can add Epsom salt to the soil to aid germination, early root and cell development, photosynthesis, and plant growth, and prevent blossom-end rot.
Vegetables that can be planted in August include leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, collards, kale and mustard. Radishes, turnips, beets and carrots can all be started from seeds in August.What are the best vegetables to grow for a food shortage? ›
- Sweet Potatoes.
The five largest fresh market crops in terms of acreage are potatoes, lettuce, sweet corn, watermelon, and toma- toes. Potatoes, sweet corn, and tomatoes are also among the top processing crops, along with snap beans and green peas.
- Collard greens.
- Mustard greens.
A number of fast-growing summer veggies and herbs can still be planted in July and August. If you have an open spot in your garden due to a lost crop or the end of a spring harvest, there are a few fast growers that you can plant in the heat of the summer.Can I plant cucumbers in August? ›
A great way to add nutrients to your soil for the following year is by growing fall/winter cover crops this fall. Start in August so they get some good growth before winter comes. Cucumbers (Zones 3-9): Starting vine or bush cucumbers in August will lead to a delicious fall harvest.What is the cheapest food to grow? ›
- Tomatoes. Most tomato plants will produce at least eight pounds of tomatoes. ...
- Zucchini and Summer Squash. ...
- Leaf Lettuce. ...
- Green Beans. ...
- Herbs. ...
- Berry Bushes.
Canned foods, pet food and beer may be in short supply due to a widespread aluminum shortage. Lettuce crops and orange groves were affected by plant viruses. One major producer of lettuce lost 80% of their crop in 2022.What is the most sold vegetable in America? ›
In 2019, 49.4 pounds of potatoes per person and 31.4 pounds of tomatoes per person were available for consumption after adjusting for losses.What is the largest selling vegetable in the world? ›
Tomatoes - the world's most popular vegetable.
How long do vegetables take to grow? Radishes are ready to eat in as little as 21 days, while Brussels Sprouts need as long as 110 days to grow to a harvestable size. That's a HUGE difference! Part of strategically deciding what you want to grow in your garden is knowing the time investment required for each vegetable.