Not all of us were born with green fingers and even those of us who were could still do with a few tips from time to time.
So, now that spring is drawing ever closer, there’s no better time to give out some quick gardening to get us inspired for the upcoming season, which is why we’ve brought you 10 easy spring gardening hacks!
1. The two pence piece trick
Nothing brightens a home in the spring time quite like a vase of colorful flowers. Sadly, flowers in a vase tend to wilt quickly - if you’re looking for a remedy for this, look no further!
To keep your flowers as upright as possible, put a two pence piece in the bottom of the vase, fill with water, and add the flowers. The coin’s copper is a micronutrient for the flowers and helps to keep them strong.
2. Look after your lawn
It's time to get our your lawn mower! Your lawn will start growing again at the beginning of spring and, if you up your lawn care game at this time, it bodes well for the rest of the year.
In March, you should start to mow your lawn again, as well as beginning to aerate and fertilise as required. Following these steps, along with other lawn care best practices, you’ll be well on your way to having a thriving lawn throughout spring and onwards.
3. Start seedlings in eggshells
This simple hack is perfect for giving your seedlings the best start in life. All you need to do is drain an eggshell and cut a small circle out of the top (a diameter of about 2 inches). Fill the shell with soil and transplant your seedling inside. The eggshell gives out nourishing calcium to help your seedlings grow strong.
4. Use vegetables to remove rust from garden furniture
Sprucing up your garden for the spring can be made tricky if your outside furniture has rusted during the winter months. However, you may be surprised to find out that the answer to fixing this common problem lies in your kitchen.
To see spectacular results in your battle against the rust, slice a root vegetable (such as a potato or carrot) in half and rub the moist side against the rust for a few minutes - voilà!
5. DIY gardening markers
Especially in the early stages, it can be tricky to work out which plant is which. To make things a bit (a lot!) easier, collect some pebbles and write on them in marker pens, indicating which plant is which. It’s really simple to do and it looks a lot better than putting those plastic markers in your garden.
6. Epsom salt is good for your tomatoes
It’s common knowledge that Epsom salt has health benefits for humans, but it can also be really good for your tomatoes.
Sprinkling a small amount of Epsom salt - and we mean a small amount - onto your tomatoes’ soil helps the development of the fruit because the magnesium and sulphate in the salt are key ingredients to aid growth.
7. Get a step ahead of the critters
If you grow food in your garden, you’ll know that some of the garden’s tiniest creatures will always want to eat them before you do.
To make sure that insects don’t get to feast on your tomatoes or squashes, wrap them up in tin foil. There’s no actual science behind this hack, it’s just practical; insects don’t like to walk on the foil, so it will keep them away from your precious grub, whilst also forming a protective layer.
If garden insects and pests cause a problem for you, these DIY deterrents may be able to help you out.
8. Change the colour of your hydrangeas
Spring is a great time to plant hydrangeas, but did you know that the colour of the flowers is based on the PH levels in the soil? Essentially, if the soil is acidic the flowers will be blue and, if the soil is alkaline, the flowers will be pink.
Coffee and pine needles can make the soil more acidic, whereas mushrooms can make the soil more alkaline, so use these ingredients depending on which colour flowers you desire.
9. Soak seeds before sewing
Before seeds can germinate, they need to absorb water, so soaking your seeds 24 hours in warm water before sewing them speeds up the germination process. This hack is great for speeding up the germination process of larger, harder seeds but isn’t really required for small seeds.
10. Eggshells make great DIY fertiliser
Instead of throwing away your eggshells, try crushing them up and adding them to your garden as a DIY fertiliser. As the shells break down, they’ll provide your plants with nutrients. Although this trick can work in any soil, it’s best used in potting as a part of a compost.
These 10 easy hacks should have you well on your way to achieving your spring garden desires in no time. If you want to step your gardening up a notch, have a look at our garden tools page.