Here are everyday items in your house that can help you nurture your flowers and shrubs and make your garden better and easier gardening.
Here are the household items that have a surprising number of uses in the garden.
1. Egg Shell
As a soil additive for houseplants, they add minerals and help keep soil loose and aerated. Plants like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants in particular will benefit from shell fertilizer.
2. Egg Cartons
Egg carton trays are excellent places to grow seedlings, they can be used to start a dozen seedlings, and then cut apart to plant each one when it’s time to plant them in the garden.
3. Coffee Grounds
The use of fresh coffee grounds are thought to suppress weeds. The coffee grounds are too acidic to be used directly on soil, even for acid-loving plants like blueberries, azaleas and hollies. Coffee grounds inhibit the growth of some plants, including geranium, asparagus and fern.
4. Aluminum Foil
When placed around the base of plants, aluminum foil refracts light up into the plant from the ground. This helps cool the soil around plants, allowing it to retain more moisture. It also increases photosynthesis and, therefore, plant vigor.
Spices like cayenne pepper, turmeric and chili powder are effective pesticides and can deter ants.
Salt can be used to improve seed germination and prevents the growth of weeds.
Vinegar kills the weeds and you can also use them to remove rust from your gardening tools.
Used tea bags can be used as fertilizer and deter away pests from your plants. They contain nutrients and acid that, when added to the soil, create a more fertile environment for garden, landscape and container plants.
9. Baking Soda
Baking soda on plants causes no harm and help deter the bloom of fungal spores in some cases. It is most effective on fruits and vegetables off the vine or stem, but regular applications during the spring can minimize plant diseases.
10. Used Plastic Shopping Bag
Use plastic bags to keep insects away from fruit on trees or used as disposable apron to protect yourself from dirt when doing garden chores. Plastic bags can also be used as seed germination or pots.
11. Glass Jars
Glass jars can be used to pot succulent plants or serve as bird and butterfly feeders.