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Editorial Creative Garden Hacks

Posted on 28 August by Erina Fair

Unveil the mystery of Creative Garden Hacks

Pests, weeds and aching knees….


There’s a reason why we seem to let the garden go from time to time. Truth be told getting a little earth under your nails can be more life enhancing than you think. “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and fertilise.”


So, you’re gardens a little on the shabby side of life, there’s simply never enough thyme to get all the weeds out but let’s be real you owe it to yourself? Getting out in the garden is said to boost mood, reduce the cognitive decline and be awesome exercise. If there’s ever been a real reason to get grubby then this might be it. For those still not sold we have a few gardening hacks to help you on your way to growing greatness. Infact these gardening hacks are so good that using them could change the way you garden forever.


Here’s our top 10 tips and tricks to keep the garden glowing and ‘growing’. For more information on these green tips visit our friends at Kincumber Mitre 10.

 

Tip 1. Stop and smell the garlic
We urge you STOP, Recycle & Repurpose with our creative garden hack. Put the old garlic in water to nurture new sprouts (which are deliciously edible, like green onions) in three to five days. So yes, if you plant a sprouted Garlic, you can and will get more Garlic! Thankfully not everyone is afraid of the dreaded Garlic Breath. Find some sprouted garlic in your pantry because a forgotten, unused garlic bulb (Allium sativum) eventually shoots sprouts from the top of the bulb after being soaked.


Tip 2. Embrace the creativi-TEA
For the plants that you want to nurture you are going to have to cultivate the goodness. Return some of the nutrients weeds and grass clippings absorbed from your soil back to your soil by brewing up a bucket of fertilizer tea (any tea will do). Just tear the leaves up into a bucket filled with non-chlorinated water, cover to keep mosquitos out, and let it steep for a few days! Strain off the liquid, return the solids to your compost pile, and use the liquid as a soil drench or a foliage spray, either full strength or diluted. Garden teas made from plants are just as easy and don’t require you to pick up a load of manure or use any of your precious compost. How good!


3. Mulch success…
After planting a garden bed, put down a layer of cardboard or newspaper before you mulch to block weeds and grass sprouts without spending money or spreading chemicals. We love Recycling & Repurposing especially for the good of our garden so give this practical tip a go.

 

Tip 4. Go Green
Have you been dreaming of spring seedlings and summer gardens, looking through your seed catalogues? Spring can’t come soon enough in our opinion. To kick start your garden oasis cut the bottoms out of old milk cartons and dig them into the ground to protect seedings while they get started and create a little warm greenhouse for each of your underground guests.

 

Tip 5. Spice It Up
Meet Cinnamon, Cinnamon is high in substance with powerful medicinal properties. Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees scientifically known as Cinnamomum. It has been used as an ingredient throughout history, dating back as far as Ancient Egypt. Cinnamon powder on seedlings can be used to prevent diseases. Cinnamon has some anti-fungal qualities, and it smells great as a bonus. Use it to prevent and stop diseases on seedlings and create a garden on longevity.

 

Tip 6.  Coffee makes everything better…
Use coffee grounds to keep pests away. When used correctly, coffee grounds can be a great addition to your garden. Many gardeners find it is a safe, natural, and effective way to boost their gardens without using harsh chemicals or pesticides. Use them to boost blooms and berries, and to keep away slugs and snails. Use them in your compost pile to increase nitrogen levels in your soil.

 

Tip 7. Keep Toxic Out
Mix vinegar and Dawn dish soap together for a very effective but nontoxic weed killer. It works best on a sunny day, but it does work! (Just be careful using this around *other* plants, because you wouldn't want to hurt them in the process.) For more info visit
“One Good Thing by Jillee”.

 

Tip 8. Use citrus peel to start seeds
If you find yourself with a plethora of citrus rinds, say from making marmalade then we have a solution. Growing seeds in citrus peels is about as eco-friendly as you can get. You start with a natural product, grow a beneficial plant in it and then repurpose it in the earth to act as a nutritious composting agent. It’s a win/win. While you may use any variety of citrus rinds for use as a starter pot, from a user-friendly standpoint, the bigger the better. That said, you can use any of the following for best results try grapefruit, pomelo, tangerine and orange.


Tip 9.  Make your visitors feel welcome…
Get a little bit creative and start making your guests in the garden feel welcome. Why not offer them a drink? Fill a shallow dish with an inch or so of water and rocks or marbles so the bees and butterflies that visit your garden never go thirsty (and can drink without drowning). If you use glass gems or marbles, fill the dish with at least one layer, then add water. Get the full tutorial at Garden Therapy.

 

Tip 10. Just Do It…
Run a DIY mason jar soil identification test-
This infographic from Gardener’s Edge shows a great DIY idea to identify your soil type. The process is simple. A step by step tutorial is also available at Preparedness Mama!

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If you are thinking about getting your hands dirty and aren’t so sure where to start our guide should get you on the road to “gardening guru” in no time at all. Getting creative in the garden allows you to get outdoors, feel the sun on your skin and create something that re- generates life beneath the soil. Join us at our Recycle & Re-purpose Workshop and unveil the mystery of Creative Garden Hacks. Dig Deep and make a difference in the Garden at Erina Fair.

You’re Invited to our workshop @The Patch – Erina Fair
12pm Sunday the 8th of September

 


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