Heard this quote: “He who plants a garden, plants happiness! “
So you’ve tried to get it but somehow, its always ruined by some terrible gardening disasters. When you get awesome roses, the plant suffers from black spots, when you grow tomatoes, they aren’t as sweet! And, most of the time you are thinking – How do you test the right type of gardening soil? How to get rid of aphids and weeds from my garden? How does one save money with a home made compost that transforms my garden completely?
Well, you’ve been asking for the real gardening secrets that the guys at nursery won’t share easily!
Here are our 15 Incredible Gardening Secrets Experts Never Tell You:
1. An alternative to soil testing kit is this DIY Soil Testing Method. Take handful of soil in a container. Add half cup of vinegar. If the soil bubbles or fizzles, it is alkaline. If there’s no reaction, you can test it further for being acidic. To do so, scoop up some more soil into a second container. Add a half cup of water and stir it up. Now, add half a cup of baking soda. If the soil bubbles or fizzles it’s acidic.
2. No need to buy a pricey soil testing kit when you can easily do it yourself. Scoop some soil into a container. Add a half cup of vinegar. If the soil bubbles or fizzles, it is alkaline. If there’s no reaction, scoop up some more soil into a second container. Add a half cup of water and stir. Then add a half cup of baking soda. If the soil bubbles or fizzles it’s acidic.
3. Use banana peels and bury them around your rose bushes or any good flowering plant, to add potassium and phosphorus to the soil. You can also boost the supply of Calcium to your plants by adding crushed eggshells to the soil (awesome for tomatoes).
4. Add some shredded paper to your compost pile (just avoid glossy printed material). You can also boost the composting process by adding some comfrey leaves.
5. Do not plant peas, beans, or peanuts near garlic, leeks, shallots or onions. Avoid planting potatoes near squash and tomatoes. Plant basil with tomatoes as it repels some tomato pests.
6. Get rid of Aphids by spraying your plants with a solution that has equal parts of antiseptic mouthwash and water.
7. Protect Rose Plants from powdery mildew and black spot on their leaves by spraying them with this DIY Rose Guard. This DIY rose guard liquid is made by adding 3 tablespoons baking soda per gallon of water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid added. There’s an alternative too. According to author and horticultural professor Jeff Gillman, who has conducted extensive research on black spot remedies, a spray composed of one part milk and two parts water is the best answer to the disease. He says this simple solution, if applied weekly, will control black spot as well as any synthetic fungicide, including Chlorotalonil.
8. Want to save your newly planted bulbs? Grow a clove of garlic with each tulip bulb to keep squirrels and other rodents from eating them.
9. Line the bottom of a flower pot with a coffee filter and the soil won’t spill out when you water the plant. Remember not to over-water your plants in this case.
10. Prune plants by cutting on an angle. A slanted cut prevents diseases.
11. Iron deficiency can be identified by yellow leaves with dark green veins. To add iron to such plants, just soak a few old rusty nails in a coffee can or jar of water for a day or two. Remove the nails and water your plant with the water they soaked in.
12. When sowing seeds, sprinkle ground cinnamon powder on the soil to prevent fungus. Now, cover seedlings with an upside down clear drinking glass or clear plastic cup. It will hold in moisture and protect the plant from cold air. When planting cuttings, it acts as a rooting hormone.
13. Pour boiling water on weeds growing in the cracks of a cement wall or structure. It kills them instantly along with any seeds hiding there together.
14. Want to keep cats away from your garden? Put Rinds from citrus fruit as cats do not like their smell.
15. Before you plant in a terracotta pot, submerge it in water and let it absorb as much as it can else it will soak the water away from your plant.
Liked the tips… go ahead, try them out and stay a happy gardener!