Gardening is an art form in and of itself. There’s a lot of space for improvement and invention in gaming as there is in other art forms. In some aspects of gardening, the applicability of these ideas is clear. Creating a visually appealing garden entails making a lot of difficult decisions and relies heavily on personal taste. This is only the beginning of your ability to adapt and innovate. It’s not uncommon for gardeners from all over the world to ‘riff’ on techniques, equipment, and more to make their favorite pastime even more efficient, enjoyable, and cost-effective.
All You need to know About Potting
To add some color and interest to your yard, try using the ‘plant in a pot’ technique on some of your plants. Planting empty pots in your garden that are a little bit larger than the ones you use for your plants is an easy method to employ in your garden. Simply place the plant in the empty pot when you’re ready to add it to your garden. This manner, each pot will hold two plants. The main advantage of this approach is that it is highly adaptable. Due to the fact that each plant is still protected by an easy-to-remove pot, you may move them around as you choose, bring them indoors during bad weather, or even move them to a more permanent place whenever you desire!
Gardeners have come up with a slew of other innovations when it comes to potted plants. Managing extra water in the pot can greatly benefit your plants when you use common household items like tea bags, coffee filters, and sugar cubes. When you water the plant, place a coffee filter over the openings in the bottom of the pot before adding potting soil. This will prevent dirt and nutrients from escaping the holes. Coffee filters were made to keep granular solids contained while water passes through.
Some people use sponges instead of a coffee filter as a variant on this concept, which is growing in popularity. It’s better to use a thick sponge than a thin piece of paper since the sponge will hold water and maintain your pot’s moisture level more stable over time. As a result, it’s not a good option for plants with deep root systems.
Using Recycle Bins Around the House
Some gardeners have eschewed purchasing pots in favor of repurposing household items to build habitats for their plants. If you’re short on time, use clamshell containers from takeout, soda bottles, or even plastic cups as hard plastic containers. Drain and ventilate the containers by poking holes in them as necessary. When it comes to larger pots, you may not be able to locate a container that’s perfect for every size, but fantastic seed trays and smaller pots can be made when needed.
Instead of reusing plastic, consider upcycling your waste toilet paper and paper towel rolls into seed tubes. Place a few of the soil-filled tubes in a waterproof container after cutting them into portions several inches long. The biggest advantage of using this unique method is that you won’t have to take the plant out of the tube every time you want to move it. Cardboard will naturally decompose, especially if there is some water present. Put the entire tube in the ground!
Use Away from the Manufacturer’s Approval
Some of the most beautiful gardens I’ve seen use unusual materials as pots or planters, even if it doesn’t fall under the recycling umbrella. Chimney flues are a fantastic example of this concept because they are inexpensive and can be purchased at your local hardware store. These can be trimmed to your desired height and positioned anywhere in your garden. When used as a filler, gravel is perfect for ensuring proper drainage. For even greater adaptability, use these flues as the outer pots in the pot-in-a-pot concept described above.
If you’re going to use local hardware store supplies to make your own gardening tools, why stop there? Manually applying fertilizer around plants has become tedious for many gardeners. They buy a thick tube and shovel the fertilizer through it instead of bending over each time they want to arrange the fertilizer appropriately. With this method, you can remain standing while applying fertilizer to the desired location.
The zip tie is an inexpensive yet effective gardening tool from the local hardware shop. The more zip ties you have in your gardening toolkit, the better off you’ll be at controlling a climbing vine or keeping your yard tidy.
Although potatoes aren’t precisely common garden items, many a garden has been built around them. The sections of plants that humans eat contain a lot of plant food that the plants themselves are striving to pass on to their descendants. Plant cuttings from flowers, such as roses, in potatoes, and then bury the whole thing. In addition to supplying nutrients, the potato will also help keep the rose moist at the end of the process, which will save time and effort.
Finally, if you find yourself planting a lot, you might want to invest in a posthole digger. What a weird device, yet its intended use is not dissimilar from the type of digging you would perform to plant or place a pot in the ground., it’s an odd device. Post-hole diggers may be modified to make holes of various diameters, so you won’t have to bend down as much. It’s a great thing to have around the house.
Innovate Regardless Of Your Fear!
Gardeners who didn’t want to do things the ‘regular’ way came up with all of the aforementioned ‘strange’ approaches. In your garden, don’t be scared to attempt new things. There’s lots of potential for you to innovate, whether it’s by using an atypical tool to save time and effort, arranging items in an unusual way, or even reusing household products in your garden. Even if your concept proves to be cumbersome or unworkable, you’ll still have a good time trying it out.