10 Outrageously Smart Gardening Tips (#5 is Really Clever!)

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7. Cinder Block Garden

If you are like a lot of people, the thought of digging up grass and weeds, preparing the soil and all the back-breaking work involved in just starting a garden from scratch is enough to make you want to just sink back into the hammock and dream of next year.

You can skirt some of the work, however, by simply making a cinder block garden. If you have grass, kill it by covering it with black plastic for a few weeks. The grass should be dead and easy to remove with a hoe.

Make a border using cinder blocks. You can make the garden as tall as you want, but most people find two or three bricks high is more than enough. You can break up your garden into sections by making two or three smaller squares using cinder blocks.  Fill with dirt and compost. Water well, and then plant your seeds or plants! This is a super easy way to get a garden going.


8. Drainage for Peanuts

Using packing peanuts for drainage in pots is a great way to recycle those little devils and lighten the load in really large pots. They are cheaper than dirt or compost and work like magic! Put some packing peanuts in the bottom of your pot, place a coffee filter or two over them and then add a dirt.


9. Free Fertilizer

When you boil vegetables or “pasta” made from vegetables, save the water for your garden! This water is loaded with nutrients that garden plants can instantly absorb and use. Wait for the water to cool, of course, but then pour it on your flowers or vegetables for super healthy, happy plants. Best of all? It costs absolutely nothing.


SEE ALSO: Fertilizers for the Garden and for Houseplants That Cost You Nothing!


10. Don’t Forget the Beer

After a hard day working in the garden, you deserve a beer, right? That’s fine — just remember to leave about a half a can for your garden. It’s not to be used as a fertilizer, but to kill slugs and snails. Pour about a half a can in a shallow pan or bowl. You want about two inches of beer in the container. Put the container it in a wet spot in your garden or where you have seen slug trails. Do this at dusk, and be sure the garden is wet. In the morning, you should find several slugs (or even a whole slew) in your beer. Slugs will be attracted to the smell, and they love beer but get drunk fairly easily. They fall in the beer and drown. At least they died happy.

Happy gardening friends!





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