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.

Tree Stump Removal Get rid of tree stumps by drilling holes in the stump and filling them with 100% Epsom salt. Follow with water, and wait. Live stumps may take as long as a month to decay, and start to decompose all by themselves....I wish we knew this when we cut down our trees at the house we're moving out of!

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...

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

♥ 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?

Riveria Marine Blue Lobelia

What a great idea! Rinse your veggies in the garden before bringing them in the house and then reuse the water on your plants. Via Gardeners Supply

Drip irrigation- A pinner wrote: I do this every year and it works great! Especially during a long Texas drought- less water waste. The only thing that kept my plants going, and once the plants get growing they hide the bottles. Quick and easy way to fertilize too!

How to make a thumb-controlled watering pot. I already have a milk jug watering can, but I might try this when that one inevitably breaks.

DIY "Topsy Turvy" Upside Down Tomato Planter: 2 litre bottle, coffee filter, potting soil...

Coat planters with glow-in-the-dark paint for instant night lighting

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.

Irish Spring and a cheese grater. Apparently squirrels hate the smell of the soap, so they'll stay out of your garden. as well as deer and mice.

All natural green ant killer for pennies and it works just as well as expensive poison! This natural ant killer can be used in a garden to sustain an organic environment.

Padding bottom of planters with peanuts to lighten them up. Huh, not a bad idea! Cheaper than potting soil too...

Keep soil in your flower pots.

Growing Gardening: How To Make A Self Watering Container. I see a DIY growing here ! I am not paying 80 bucks for one planter! YouTube is abundant with DIYs for self-watering pots !

Plant one of these low-maintenance, drought-resistant stunners for instant curb appeal.