Gardens and plants are very trendy these days. Instagram is literally bursting with plant parents from every corner of the globe. Keen on joining the hoard? Jump in on the fun minus the expense by repurposing everyday household items to improve your garden or houseplants. Below are five suggestions that will help you save money and grow your plants better.
- Kitchen utensils
These are effective tools for cultivating and repotting. Kitchen utensils are durable and sharp enough to get the job done without damaging your plants. For example, forks can be used to create rows in flats and spoons are useful in lifting delicate seedlings when transplanting.
- Coffee grounds
Adding organic matter to your soil adds nutrients and improves drainage. Coffee grounds are a good start. Just sprinkle it on the base of your plants, especially those that thrive on rich, moist organic soils, like azaleas and blueberries. They work as pest deterrents, too. Slugs, snails, and carrot rust flies will leave your crop alone!
- Found objects
Old watering cans and teapots, even worn boots will work as containers for herbs, flowers, and houseplants. They add a whimsical look to your garden and an unmistakable cozy feel. Your choice if you want to use found objects as cover pots or drill a drainage hold on them for direct planting. Alternatively, you can just display the found objects in and around your garden as a design element.
- Tin cans
If you are having problems with cutworms, an easy solution is to place your seeds or seedlings inside tin cans. Remove the top and bottom, of course, before packing with soil. This creates a barrier that the cut worms cannot cross. As an extra insurance, sprinkle cornmeal outside of the can for the cutworms.
- Packing peanuts
Larger pots become easier to move around if you layer packing peanuts at the bottom of the pot before piling in the soil mix. The peanuts will not damage your roots and even improve drainage as it permits water but not soil to pass through.