Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil, to keep water in reserve. Really makes a difference in window boxes!

Throw pinecones into the bottom of your larger flower pots before planting. The cones will help with water drainage and are more lightweight than gravel so your pots can be moved easier. They will eventually decompose and become part of the soil makeup.

The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead. It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric...save for later

1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt 1 gallon water A watering can 1. Combine the Epsom salt and water. 2. Use the solution to water your plants. 3. Repeat once a month. Why This Works--Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate – both vital plant nutrients. Some magnesium-loving plants to try it on: houseplants, roses, peppers, tomatoes and pot

Rid your garden of bugs and aphids by spraying your plants with a solution of vinegar and water. 1 cup vinegar to a gallon of water. Vinegar is a natural pesticide so you can get rid of many critters by using a solution mixed with water.

Keep soil in your flower pots.

Save soil, save money, grow better plants. Use the cheap plastic pots that plants are potted in when you get them in the bottom of a large planter to provide good drainage and better airflow.

Here's a useful Garden Tip from Redbook - Place one uncracked raw egg in the pot — as it decomposes, it will serve as a natural fertilizer...

♥ for my front entryway ~ perfect shade planter...coleus, impatiens and ivy.

When repotting a plant, turn a plastic pot upside down in the new, larger container and add soil around it. When you're done, pull out the plastic pot and there will be plenty of room inside the bigger container to place your plant's root ball. Duh, why didn't I think of this?

A Simple Do It Yourself Soil Test Perform your soil test by placing a sample into two separate cups or containers. Add vinegar to one. If it fizzes your soil is alkaline. If not, add some water to the second cup and stir. Add baking soda. If it fizzes you have acidic soil. If neither have a reaction your soil is somewhat pH balanced.

Window Box Planter

Disney world does this! Lowes sells the 4 to 6" round PVC pipe with holes already drilled. Purchase an end cap, fill with rock, soil, and plant. You can put these in the center of a very large pot to stabilize, and add amazing height and color

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Really great idea for saving water! Rain water is better to water flower beds with, so this is an awesome idea. I saw this on a show not too long ago. You can hook up your hose and water your garden too.

Mosquito repelling “Creeping Thyme” plant. It has citronella oil that makes it smell lemony. Put in planters on the patio. @ Do it Yourself Home Ideas

Cucumbers are sweeter when you plant them with sunflowers. Don't plant them with watermelons! It ruins the taste of the melons. Lots of other gardening tips on this blog. >> Craziness! I had no idea! Must check these tips out.

How To Mulch Around Plants Properly... my landscaper taught me this looooong ago: do NOT place mulch up against any tree trunk or plant main stem!!! it allows the bugs and diseases to attack the trunk in a completely protected area. Leave approx. 3 in space....

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