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Unearthing Secrets: 10 Little-Known Gardening Tips You Must Know

October 26, 2023

Garden tips for all gardeners

Greetings, green-thumbed readers!

When it comes to gardening, there’s always something new to discover, no matter how seasoned you are. Today, we’ll delve into some lesser-known gardening secrets that might surprise even the most experienced gardeners.

  1. Coffee Grounds as a Fertilizer Boost Don’t toss those used coffee grounds! Rich in nitrogen, they can be a great addition to your compost or even sprinkled directly onto the soil, giving plants a much-needed boost.
  2. Cinnamon: The Anti-Fungal Agent Dusting seedlings with cinnamon can help prevent damping-off disease, a common killer of young plants. It acts as a natural fungicide and deters pests.
  3. Chamomile Tea for Seedlings Believe it or not, watering seedlings with cooled chamomile tea can boost their immunity and keep them strong. It’s gentle and has anti-fungal properties.
  4. Potatoes for Rose Propagation Cut a small piece of a rose stem, dip it in rooting hormone, and then insert it into a small potato. Plant this in soil. The potato acts as a source of moisture and nutrients for the budding rose.
  5. Cooking Water for Your Plants The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don’t pour the water down the drain. Once cooled, this nutrient-rich water can be a delightful treat for your plants.
  6. Newspapers to Combat Weeds Lay down a few layers of newspaper in your garden beds before adding mulch. This biodegradable barrier can help suppress weeds and eventually breaks down, enriching the soil.
  7. Epsom Salt for Tomatoes & Peppers These two plants love magnesium. A tablespoon of Epsom salt around the base of the plant can ensure they get the nutrients they need for optimal growth.
  8. Broken Pots for Better Drainage If you’ve broken a pot, don’t fret. Place shards at the bottom of a new pot. This can help improve drainage and keep your plant’s roots from sitting in excess water.
  9. Soap as a Pest Deterrent Small bits of fragrant soap in your garden can deter pests like deer. The strong scent confuses their sense of smell, keeping them at bay.
  10. Baking Soda for Sweeter Tomatoes Just a small sprinkle of baking soda around the base of your tomato plants can reduce their acidity, leading to sweeter tomatoes.

These hidden gems of gardening wisdom might not be common knowledge, but integrating them into your gardening routine can bring delightful results. Try them out, experiment, and most importantly, continue to cultivate your passion for gardening. Every day in the garden is a day of learning and growth!

Happy Gardening! ??

Additional links:

Gardening Tips Page UC Davis

Garden Tips by UO