My Sustainable gardening research always inspires me when I read just how easy it can be to become even more self sufficient. I came across some pretty awesome tips and tricks that will make gardening even MORE fun! Here are this weeks top five gardening hacks for your garden this Spring.

The Easiest way to grow Tomato Plant seedlings.

Such a simple method that will always give the desired results. What you’ll need:

  • Potting Soil or Garden Grow Mix
  • Container or Pot
  • Ripe Tomatoes

Simply fill your Container or Pot about 2 thirds full with your Potting Soil or Garden grow mix. Next slice your unwanted / over ripe Tomatoes about 1cm thick and lay them on top of your Potting Soil / Garden grow.

Lightly cover the sliced Tomatoes with more of your Potting Soil mix and leave for 2 weeks (watering occasionally). Hey presto you should see approx 50 seedlings showing their heads through the soil. Simple Sustainable Gardening !!

Recycle your used Milk Jug into a Water Can

I love recycling what you I have around the house to save money.  Simply piece the plastic lid of your Milk Jug with several small holes, fill the Jug with Water and replace the Lid … there you have it !! A watering can !! The other handy thing is that you can make one with a super fine/gentle spray by using a small needle and one with a more substantial flow by using a bigger needle.

Another great idea is to leave several of these in your Garden with the Lids removed to collect Rain Water (or connect them to some form of Water Collection setup) thus saving you money and cutting back on your water usage.

Don’t throw away used Ground Coffee

Recycle those your ground coffee after use! The used Ground Coffee makes an excellent fertilizer and compost….and so much more! Check out this wonderful article on just how many benefits coffee grounds can bring to your garden this Spring.

Egg Shells

To me, Sustainable Gardening is about getting the most out of every I use and hate to waste anything (much to the dismay of my wife). To protect your plants from pests simply sprinkle crushed eggshells at their base. particularly effective against Slugs and Snails.

Regrowing Vegetables from Kitchen Scaps

After your meal, don’t throw out the leftover vegetable scraps! You can regrow so many different vegetables by sticking the bottom end of them into a well-prepared patch of good soil and making sure their bed is kept moist. Surprisingly easy!

The following are just a selection of the most common Vegetables you can regrow:

  • Leeks
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Ginger
  • Pineapple

You can find detailed instructions on how to regrow your own vegetables here!

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