22 Sensible DIY Garden Hacks That Can Make You A Smart Gardener

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Here are some really helpful and Sensible DIY Garden Hacks That Can Make You A Smart Gardener! Number 20th will surprise you for sure!

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Sensible DIY Garden Hacks That Can Make You A Smart Gardener!

1. Old Fish Tank Into a Mini Greenhouse

fish tank into greenhouse
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How cool! Old Fishtank converted into a mini-greenhouse for starting seeds indoors. Plastic wrap stretched across the top is opened or removed as plants begin to grow to avoid killing/steaming/overheating them.

2. Mason Jar Soil Identification Test

diy mason jar soil test

This infographic from Gardener’s Edge shows a great DIY idea to identify your soil type. The process is simple. A step-by-step tutorial article is also available on Preparedness Mama!

3. Self Watering Container

diy self watering pot

It’s a nice, cheap, and easy idea to follow. You can create a Self-watering container or DIY wicking bed container. A step-by-step tutorial video is available here!

4. Turn Boring Pots into Colorful Ones

DIY pot decoration

Those sad and gloomy old pots always ruin the look of your garden. If changing them is not in your budget right now. Here’s an interesting DIY we found for you; click here.

5. Control Invasive Plants in the Garden

diy invasive plant control

This trick of cutting the bottom of a pot to contain invasive plants is already popular among gardeners. Apparently, it works! The Family HandyMan has a tutorial on it.

6. An Easy Way to Grow Sweet Potato

diy hack to grow sweet potato

Growing sweet potatoes is easy, but it becomes easier if you follow this trick available on Home Joys!

7. Self-Watering Hanging Basket

diy self watering hanging basket
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Trailing plants look so fabulous in hanging baskets, but one common reason why some gardeners avoid is that plants dry out quickly in them. To solve this, follow this smart DIY self-watering hanging basket idea, available here.

8. Placing Matchstick Before Planting Peppers

garden hack and idea

When planting, place two or three unused matches (matchsticks have the sulfur) a few inches below the roots. eHow has an article on it too.

9. Self Sharpening Garden Tool Holder

diy garden tool holder

What a smart way to keep your garden tools safe, free from, and in the best condition! Take a look at this DIY post to learn more about it.

10. Seed Pots

garden hacks and idea

Why buy seed pots and trays when there are a lot of options available to start seeds? The treehugger.com has a cool post on how to make DIY seed pots!

11. Plastic Bottle Mini Greenhouse

plastic bottle greenhouse

Plastic bottles are of no use, but you can recycle and transform them into mini-greenhouses to grow seedlings. To learn everything about this project in detail, visit Container Gardening.

12. Garden Markers from Stones

cool diy garden markers from stone

Even if you’re a container gardener, you can put these stone markers in your pots. They look colorful. The tutorial is available here!

13. A Great Tomato Growing Tip

diy tomato growing tip

Not a DIY but a tomato growing tip by BHG you can follow. Plant tomatoes on their sides to give them a healthy root system. Do remove any leaves that would be covered under the soil, though.

14. Composting for Apartment Dwellers


So what if you live in an apartment and don’t have outdoor space? You can start composting with the help of this Mini Compost Bin. A great DIY post is here and here to follow.

15. Epsom Salt While Transplanting

Save plants from transplantation shock by using Epsom salt! Make a hole and add one tablespoon of Epsom salt to the bottom and cover with a thin layer of soil. Now place the plant and complete planting.

16. Cinnamon Powder on Seedlings


Cinnamon has anti-fungal properties, this aromatic spice can stop and prevent diseases in seedlings. Read more here.

17. Eggshells Around Plants

Create a protective barrier around your plants using crumbled eggshells and save your plants from garden pests like slugs and snails. Read more eggshell uses in the garden here.

18. Fertilize Plants with Cooking Water

Instead of draining cooking water, use it on your plants to fertilize them with beneficial nutrients. Make sure to cool down the vegetable water before use.

19. Recipe Box Seed Holder


If you start growing plants from seeds, then store their packets in one appropriate place. You can make a convenient storage box with an old recipe box, and use colored cards or cardboard to make dividers for seed classifications.

20. Vinegar and Baking Soda Soil Test

This is an easy way to test the pH of soil. Take a spoonful of garden soil and add vinegar to it. If it bubbles, then the soil is alkaline.

If the soil does not make bubbles, then add a bit of distilled water, mix well, and then pour half a cup of baking soda. If it fizzes, the soil is acidic.

If the soil fails to foam in both cases, then it is neutral with a pH of around 6.5 to 7.2.

21. Bubble Wrap

Cover the containers using bubble wraps during winter by tieing with twine—this super hack will protect the roots from cold temperatures and frost.

22. Wicker for Water Retention

Cotton wicks are one of the best ways to keep the growing medium moist when you are away from home. Simply drench a long wick and place it in the pot. The soil will absorb water from it easily.

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