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Garden Tricks And Tips

Updated on May 5, 2015

That Can Save You Time And Money

I love to read about a lot of subjects. Since I have been off of my job and I am on vacation I have had more time on my hands to read a lot and also to go to different websites and learn about topics of all kinds.

One of my new sites that I like to go to now and is new to me is Pinterest. There are so many different topics that are really interesting. I am sure that many of you are familiar with that site. Well it is new to me.

I really love to browse and see the many pictures that they have up there that are pinned to their boards with a small paragraph showing what the picture is all about. You can go to some of those pinned pictures and see more on the picture from the original person who put it up on the net in the first place.

Some of those pictures are from persons like you and me who pinned them either from our own sites or from another fellow pinterest member. I am learning a lot just by looking at a picture and reading the summary of each one.

I am also gaining knowledge to tips and secrets that are out there that a lot of us don't even know about. At least I didn't. I find it amazing how much we can save if we only knew about these ideas long before.

I am going to share with you some of the tips I have learned as I have ventured out on my spare time and has caught my eye and wished I had knew about these things long ago. Oh well it is better late then never. Right? :)


Newspaper Tip For Your Landscape

Now this is a big time bummer for me. If I would of known about this tip last year, I would of diffidently done it then. I used tarp instead of laying landscaping paper. But after learning that laying (newspaper) actually gets rid of the weeds and kills the grass, I would of just went the cheaper way. Can you imagine the money I would of saved if I knew this before hand?

Apparently the newspaper does decompose after a giving time of 18 months, by then the weeds and grass is dead. So when you decide to change the landscaping plan, you won’t have to deal with the fuse that the other material gives. It is a much better way to go and a cheaper way for sure. Can’t beat that!

Soulful Gardening

Soulful Gardening: 52 Weekly Tips for Getting the Most from Your Garden
Soulful Gardening: 52 Weekly Tips for Getting the Most from Your Garden

This booklet gives you suggestions to how to handle your garden and also to enjoy the fruit of your labor.


A Few Handy Dandy Tips For The Gardener

  • 1 Broken egg shells: cracked eggshells that are in small pieces will get rid of bugs like slugs and snails for example. The egg shells have something in them that the bugs don't like and it will keep those nasty pest from nibbling on your garden. Plus the calcium in the shells will provide nourishment to the soil. How cool is that!
  • 2 During Springtime: 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water. This gives your grass more healthy thickness and makes it greener.
  • 3 For gardening a plant: By putting epsom salt and sugar into the hole that you are potting the plant, it gives them a healthier growth, more leafy and greener.
  • 4 Coffee grounds: can be used for fertilizing. In stead of throwing those old coffee grounds you can save them and use them in your garden and on your grass I hear that it makes a good fertilizer. Its worth a try.
  • 5 Make your own homemade weed killer: Use1 gallon of white vinegar, 1/2 cup salt, Liquid dish soap (any brand), and Empty spray bottle. You start by putting the salt first into the spray bottle. Then fill the bottle with vinegar adding a tab of dish soap any brand will do. Like with any weed killer the best time to spray the weeds is on a hot day.
  • 6 Tree stumps: They can be removed by drilling holes deep with in the stump of the tree then pour 100% of Epsom salt adding water to it after pouring the Epsom. It can take up to six months for the tree to decompose.

Botanic Gardens Denver, Colorado

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Recycle Uses For The Garden

Take an old spoon and use it for your hanging plants. I thought that this was so neat that I had to share it with you.

I don’t know how many times I have broken a rake by the wooden pole just getting old and deteriorated so I would just throw the rest of the rake too. But I never thought of using it to be a hanging object for my garden tools. It makes sense though just look at how the rake is shaped and it can be a great strong hook to hang just about anything.

These are just an added tips that we can do for our gardens.


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    • lisln profile image

      LorLinda 9 months ago from Denver Colorado

      CJ Kelly thank you for your comment

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      CJ Kelly 9 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Great ideas. I already use the coffee. But I did not think of using the newspaper for weed suppression. Thanks. Sharing.