Pretty pots for your plants
To make brand-new pots look immediately old, coat them in natural yogurt and leave in the sun.
Plastic bottles for pruning and hedging.
Cut the top and bottom off large plastic bottles to use as sleeve and arm protectors when pruning or hedging. Pruning is the best protection young plants can get for good health and appearance. Trees that are pruned at a young age allows them to have a stronger structure when they mature.
Easily Change Plants
Here's a trick to switch out garden plantings without ever lifting a trowel. Place plastic pots directly into landscaping beds. Then, drop seasonal plants—pot and all—right into the hole. When the blooms fade or the season changes, remove the old pot and switch in a new plant. Be sure to choose pots with adequate drainage holes. To make your temporary plantings look at home next to perennials, cover beds with a layer of mulch.
Benefit from Companion Gardening
Did you know that plants have best friends? Many plants benefit their neighbors in different ways (I will tell you more about the best garden companions later on in further posts). For instance, strawberries taste more flavorful when grown near thyme and corn provides a natural trellis for bean plants. Planting a bright marigold border around squash plants discourages squash bugs from devouring your crop.
Put a Cork In It
Sowing your seeds just got simpler! Rather than digging individual holes all along your garden bed, enlist the help of recycled materials to turn a garden rake into a makeshift sower. Just press an old wine cork onto each prong so that it's just as long as you'd want your holes deep, then push the tool into the dirt. When you pull it back up, you'll be left with a row of holes ready for seeds.
Garden in a Bag
Don't call it lazy gardening—it's simply a genius time-saver! By growing a vegetable garden straight out of a bag, you'll eliminate the need to till and ameliorate poor soil. Not only that, but you can save hours that you'd normally spend weeding. This trick works for shallow rooted plants like lettuce and tomatoes. For plants with deeper root structures, opt instead for raised beds or deep containers.
Protect Plants from Pest
Keeping caterpillars and bugs off of ripening fruit can be a daunting task if you don’t want to use chemical sprays. Protect that fruit quickly, easily, and cheaply by slipping a ziplock baggie over apples or pears once the fruit has set. Seal it as closely around the stem as you can, and then let it be. As the fruit grows and turns downward, the baggie will go with it, and you can harvest everything blemish-free when it’s ripe.