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

    • Kathryn MacLean

      place sponges in bottom of planter before adding soil to keep water in reserve. you know...while I learn to have a green thumb.

    • Christy Burton

      Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil -- adds layer of healthy hydration to the planter // wonderful for window boxes and hanging planters #springfever

    • Nedra Sorenson

      Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil, to keep water in reserve. Really makes a difference in window boxes! O...freaking...MG...why didn't I think of that???

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    Instead of putting rocks in the bottom of big porch planters, she fill the bottom with sealed empty plastic 20 ounce bottles! They give the pot the drainage it needs, without adding all that extra weight!

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    DIY home soil testing - put soil in container add a half cup of vinegar. If the soil bubbles or fizzles, it is alkaline. If there's no reaction, add more soil into a second container. Add a half cup of water and stir. Then add a half cup of baking soda. If the soil bubbles or fizzles it's acidic.

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    use packing peanuts to boost drainage in and lighten large planting pots

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    Start putting in your plants; work the nutrients into your soil. Wet newspapers and put layers around the plants overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers.

    I so need to try this. When I was in the Master Gardener program we used the water crystals in planters and I knew it was the same thing in diapers, but it never crossed my mind to put a diaper in the bottom of one. Someone else said, "The trick to amazing potted plants - diapers. I did this in my hanging baskets last year and they rocked all season."

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    In every garden there are weeds. The trick is how to kill the weeds you hate without killing the plants you love. The answer is as simple as… pouring boiling water on them! Within a few hours, the plants will be dead, their leaves and roots shriveled up, brown and cooked. The hot water kills them from the inside out.

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