By Lynnie Stein / September 30, 2022

DIY Flower + Vegetable Garden Hacks

Gran certainly knew what she was about. Another of her fields of expertise was the flower and vegetable garden . . .

Cooled water from boiled eggs helped their growth and crushed eggshells round the base of her precious gerberas and other plants made them blossom profusely.

  • If buds began dropping unopened from her favourite shrub, Gran soon had it covered in blossoms again by giving the shrub a single application of – a tablespoon of borax dissolved in about 10 litres (2 gals) of water.
  • Try starting seeds in eggshell halves
  • Store planted shells in egg cartons so they can easily be moved to planting, plant as is.
  • Roots break through and the decomposed shell acts as a fertilizer.
  • Bone meal is an excellent source of nutrients for all the plants in your garden.
  • You can make your own by drying your leftover organic chicken bones in the microwave.
  • Depending on the quantity, cook for 1-4 minutes on high.
  • Place in a sturdy paper bag and grind them up with a mallet, hammer or rolling pin.
  • Distribute the powder around your plants.
  • They will love it.
  • Don’t throw out organic coffee grounds or tea leaves.
  • They are full of nutrients and good for your garden.
  • Simply sprinkle them over your plants and the soil.
  • Fertilize your plants with Epsom salts.
  • Mix it into your soil around the plant, not too close to burn the plant roots.
  • For tomatoes, use one tablespoon for every foot of height, water in well.

Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.”


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