1. Make your own garden markers using stones you found outside.
All you need is a sharpie! Read more here.
2. Or use plastic forks you have laying around.
3. Soak your seeds in warm water 24 hours before sowing.
It’s a free way to help get your plants ready to take root and grow strong.
4. Make your own self-cleaning & self-sharpening garden tool holder.
The abrasive sand will keep your tools sharp and the oil keeps them lubricated so they don’t get any dirt or rust build up. Get the step-by-step instructions here.
5. Use coffee grounds to keep pests far away from your precious plants.
It also enriches the soil. Win-win.
6. Make your own ~environmentally friendly~ soap oil spray.
It’s just as effective as the store bought versions, waaay cheaper, and won’t be dangerous to your family! Find out how to make your own here.
7. Make an herb garden out of that random little wooden box you bought at the flea market.
Mint for all your summer cocktails, basil for pizza, and cilantro for guacamole. It’s really the only thing you need in your garden…amiright.
8. Lay diapers in your pots to keep the soil moist for days.
No joke. Just make sure you lay them absorbent side up! Read more here.
9. DIY a bird bath.
You only need three things: a plant stand, a water tray from a large planter, and a fern. Check out the tutorial here.
10. Use an old milk jug as a makeshift watering can.
11. Use your old boots to make a unique mounted garden.
Find the step-by-step tutorial here.
12. Organize unplanted seeds in the sleeves of an old photo album.
You know you aren’t using that thing for hard copies of pictures anymore.
13. Instead of throwing away eggshells, put them in your garden!
Read more here.
14. Give your planter pots an easy makeover with tape and some paint.
There’s no need to buy new ones when you have this easy how-to.
16. Use an old cardboard drink holder for starting seeds.
It keeps everything nice and tidy, AND prevents those baby plants from falling over! Read about why it works and how to do it here.
17. Grow green onions from fresh ones.
Seeds? Yeah right. Buy some fresh ones at the grocery store and make more out of them! Cut off the bottoms and lay them out somewhere to dry. Then plant them a few days later and they’ll sprout!
18. Use leftover wine bottles as garden edging.
19. Make ties for your tomato plants out of an old t-shirt.
Keep those unwieldy plants upright. Even Martha Stewart recommends it! Check it out here.
20. Turn your rake into a measuring tape.
You’ll have one less tool you have to haul out to the garden and know exactly how tall your gorgeous plants have gotten.
21. Pop herbs in the freezer to keep them fresh longer.
Cut them up and pop them in ice cube trays with water or olive oil. When you want to use them, defrost! Read more here.
22. Use toilet paper to make seed tape.
Because seeds are effing SMALL and kinda hard to plant in an organized fashion. Get the easy step-by-step instructions here.