10 Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

clay pots in the garden

Clay pots have endless uses in the garden.

Whether you’re an old pro or learning what colour your thumb is, we have 10 tips and tricks to help you enjoy gardening. There’s nothing more rewarding than time spent gardening and we’re here to help you spend it wisely and to save a bit of money as well!

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Scraping your finger nails across a bar of soap will make your end-of-the day clean up quick and easy! Photo courtesy gardentherapy.ca/handmadesoap/

1. Use soap to prevent dirt under your finger nails. – It’s one of those tricks your grandma might have passed down to you. Simply scrape your finger nails across a bar of soap, plugging the finger nails with soap. When you’re done getting dirty for the day, you’ll find cleaning your hands a breeze with none of that dirt to dig out from under your finger nails.

2. Garden twine dispenser – An easy way to make a garden twine dispenser is by placing the twine underneath a clay pot allowing twine to pull out through the drain hole

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Marking a shovel or rake handle with common garden measurements will save time when you’re doing any new plantings

3. Measure once – take a shovel or rake, lay it down on the ground, then with a tape measure mark out some common gardening measurements with a permanent marker. Use common plant spacing measurements like 6 inches, 1 foot, and so on.

4. Hose guide – It’s easy to make a garden hose guide with 2 clay pots. Place a metal stake in the ground, slide one pot upside down over the stake through the drain hole. Slide the second clay pot unto the stake right side up. The top of your clay pot hose guide can still be used to plant in. Never let a good space go to waste.

5. Saving water – If you cover the outside of clay pots with a layer of latex paint or clear varnish, they’ll not only last longer than plastic ones, they also hold moisture for your plants. As an added bonus, they keep the roots cool and allow plants to breath/

6. Re-using water – Water that would normally be discarded after cooking or steaming vegetables is easily recycled by water plants.

7. Plant protector – Empty clay pots turned upside down and placed over small plants will protect them during a frost.

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Clay pots can be used as hose guides, for protecting plants during a frost, and much more!

8. Name that plant – Identifying mature plants comes easily, but when plants are small the can appear similar. One way to mark your plants is by placing a stone in front of them. Use a stone with at least one flat side you can write on with a permanent marker. This rock name tag will be a natural fit to your garden.

9. Coffee in the morning – If you have acid loving plants like blueberry’s, raspberry’s and such, apply coffee or tea grounds around the base of the plant 3 or 4 times per year.

10. Chamomile tea – If seedlings show signs of damping-off fungus, basically any signs of disease near the soil or a thinning stem, spray with chamomile tea mist twice per day.


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7 Responses to 10 Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

  1. Graciebelle December 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Thanks for the great tip on marking a rake or long-handled tool with garden related measurements. This will save some time when I’m planting new shrubs this spring.

  2. eggy betty January 6, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    I have a soap tip. It’s pretty basic but seems to impress my friends – a block of soap in an onion bag hung from the back tap. You just lather up your hands through the plastic mesh to get the bulk of the dirt off your hands before going indoors. It has its weaknesses though. Once my dog ate the soap (she only did this once though), and the mesh tends to break down over time under UV light.

  3. judieyeg January 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Great idea (other than the dog-eating part) . . . Thanks for the tip!

  4. Phillip Townshend February 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    1 tip that I have which often surprises friends and is also good for recycling is that when your roses have new growth and are being attacked by Aphids using the soapy water from washing your dishes is a great way to get rid of the Aphids by pouring it over the rose bush when the water has cooled and negates the need for pesticides.

  5. Carrie Glenn May 20, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    I garden mostly in containers, because I am handicapped and on crutches. Before I fill a pot with potting mix, I line the sides with several layers of newspapers. This insulates the pot, as well as retains water.

  6. Pat Connell March 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

    Thanks….we had snow this morning but am hopeful of days of higher temps to clean up the debreis from a heavy rain and a very heavy wind storm that ruined 6 trees in our yard…they must be dug up and removed because of the severe damage. Hopefully we can save the remaining 10….

  7. Lawnrick lewis February 9, 2018 at 9:08 am #

    Hello there ,
    Here’s one tip i really enjoy doing .

    I use vinegar and baking soda to test my soil pH whenever I ran out of kits .All you need to do is collect some very little soil ,add half a cup of vinegar.If the soil fizzes ,it means its alkaline (ph7-8) if it doesn’t no need to worry .Take some distilled water ,get a handful of soil pour distilled water and then add half cup of baking soda ,if it fizzes ,it means its acidic soil (ph5-6).
    if fizzing doesnt happen after both processes ,that means the soil is neutral.
    I just enjoy doing it honestly ,hence I rarely get pH kits.

    You could also use vinegar to kill weeds .

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