TOP TIP: Flower Pot Drain Hole Cover: Just lay a coffee filter in the bottom of the pot covering the hole before filling the pot. The soil will stay in the pot and the water will still drain out because that is what coffee filters are designed to do; let water through. They last for a long time, too; by the time they fall apart, the potting soil is well packed and the plant has roots that hold the soil together.

Use a heated needle to make pinprick holes in the cap. Voila - a recycled watering bottle!

Warmer weather = more traveling. Don't let your houseplants suffer while you're away from home! Rig up this DIY self-watering wicking system. It's a surefire way to keep your plants happy and healthy using ordinary materials you probably already own!

Shade pot all perennials.

MUST grow some. Mosquito grass (a.k.a. Lemon Grass) repels mosquitoes | the strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away--very functional patio plant.

How to grow ginger in a patio container. Such a cool article. I'll never have to buy ginger at a store again.

The next time you have green onions, don't throw away the white ends. Simply submerge them in a glass of water and place them in a sunny window. Your onions will begin to grow almost immediately and can be harvested almost indefinitely. We just use kitchen scissors to cut what we need for meals. I periodically empty out the water, rinse the roots off and give them fresh water.

would work for potted plants too

Buy a flower pot that you really like and use Rustoleum's Glow-in-the-dark paint to paint the pot. During the day, the paint will absorb the sunlight and at night the pots will glow.

Tree Stump Removal Drill holes in the stump and fill with 100% Epsom salt. Follow with water, and wait. The larger and deeper the drilled holes the better. Six to eight large deep holes should be enough but more will allow more material to penetrate, giving faster results. You can add water or even more epsom salt and water periodically to speed the decomposition process.Live stumps may take as long as a month to decay but then will start to decompose all by themselves.

Love these garden markers!! So cheap, easy and useful! Sharpies, sticks, and a knife!

Garlic in a tin, onions in a pot and other cool tips for growing veg in a container.

Bury a plastic bottle with small holes to water your plant's roots..brilliant in arid climates!

how to upcycle cheap flower pots, container gardening, crafts, gardening, Photo via Carolyn Homework

Keep the fern in the same pots they come in, every other day submerge them in a 5 gallon bucket filled with 12 cup of epson salts & 3 gallons of regular water until the soil stops bubbling, then hang up to drip dry... ferns will be dark green, glossy, and 3x3 by September from ferns that start out with 7 fronds in May.

Ghost Plant With its silvery lavender-blue foliage it's easy to see where ghost plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense) gets its common name. This lovely foliage plant is easy to grow and propagate; simply snip off a leaf or the end of a shoot and pot it in barely moist soil. Ghost plant likes a bright spot and the stems can grow a foot or more long.

water your garden with wine bottles instead of those globes

Propagate new plants from cuttings. Rosemary, lavender, sage. Remove leaves on the bottom of stem. Place cuttings in glass containers with water in a sunny window. In two weeks, there should be roots sprouting. Change the water every four or five days. Add water daily if needed. After roots develop, dip roots in cinnamon or raw honey and plant directly into clean soil. Potting soil if indoors. Gardening soil if outdoors. Organic soil only for plants you eat.

Use toilet paper rolls to start your plants. When ready to plant, stick the whole roll in the ground. The roll will decompose.

How to plant a garden pot

Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year – spring and fall.