22 Gardening Hacks That’ll Change the Way You Garden Forever

These 22 clever and easy Gardening Hacks are so useful that using them can change the way you garden forever.

1. Self-Watering Wine Bottle Planter

self watering wine bottle planter

The terracotta stakes are fitted with a wine bottle that is full of water and stuck in the plant’s soil. As the terracotta absorbs the water, it will slowly leak it into the soil and keep the plant’s roots moist.

See more wine bottle uses in the garden.

2. Cinnamon Powder on Seedlings to Prevent Diseases.

Using Cinnamon on Seedlings

Cinnamon has some anti-fungal qualities, and it smells great as a bonus. Use it to prevent and stop diseases on seedlings. Find out more about it.

3. No Watering Can? No Problem!

No watering can No problem

This super simple hack of an old milk jug is perfect for a new gardener that hasn’t gone out and bought a watering can yet. Just upcycle your old plastic milk jug by heating a needle and poking holes in the lid so water can flow through it freely. Check out the tutorial here.

4. Use Coffee Grounds to Keep Pests Away

use coffee ground to keep pests away

Use used coffee grounds to keep pests like ants, snails, and slugs away. There are many other coffee grounds uses you can check in the post.

5. Use the Citrus Peel to Start Seeds

Citrus Peel Starter Pot2

Just poke a hole in the bottom of the peel for drainage, fill it with potting soil, sow the seed and sprinkle some water. When the seedling is ready for transplant, plant it directly in a garden or a container with the peel. The peel will decompose and nourish the young plant as it grows. Learn more about it.

6. Use Eggshell to Prevent Pests


Another way to protect your plants against pests is using eggshells. Coarsely crumbled, eggshells form an effective barrier against soft-bodied garden pests like snails and slugs that eat your plants. They do not risk through these sharp and uncomfortably jagged shells.

To do this, encircle roughly crushed layers of eggshells around the plants sensitive to such pests. Find out more uses of eggshells in the garden.

Also Read: How to Prevent Slugs in the Garden

7. Keep Plants Watered for Days When Going on Vacation

watering plants

If you’re going on a vacation for a few days and don’t have a way to keep your indoor plants watered, keep them alive with one of the clever gardening hacks.

Simply roll up some paper towels as tight as possible without them breaking, dunk the ends in a glass of water, and lay the remaining across the soil so that each plant is at least a few inches away. Learn more about it.

8. Use Coffee Filters in Flower Pots


Next time you’re repotting a plant, keep the soil where it belongs with the help of a coffee filter. Simply lining the pot keeps the drainage holes in the bottom free from clogging up — and soil from sneaking out after watering. Find out.

9. Use Herbs to Deter Mosquitoes!


Make this mosquito control pot by grouping these plants to prevent mosquitos and flies. Don’t miss reading about this scientifically proven mosquito repellent plant here!

10. Broken Pot Plant Marker


Plant label is a quick and easy way to recycle broken planters. To make it, bat the pot into desired pieces. Take the potsherds and write names of the plants with a permanent marker on them, or you can use a sharp object to carve names to give a rustic look. You can also decorate them with colors–when you’re done, bury them half into the soil. See more ideas on using broken pots in the garden.

11. Kill Weeds Using Vinegar

use vinegar to kill weeds

If you want to get rid of those pesky plants in your garden that pop up again & again, use vinegar.

12. Hang Pallet on a Wall to Store Garden Tools

pallet Garden Tool Organizer

Shipping pallets can be found for free at many hardware stores, furniture stores, or even construction sites. Using a recycled pallet, recycled bow rake heads, and less than ten dollars worth of hardware, it’ll be ready. This garden tool rack has a rustic appeal and will help to wrangle the many garden tools one accumulates.

Check out the DIY tutorial on HGTV.

13. Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Help Plants

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Hydrogen peroxide can be so useful for your plants–it can save your plants from root rot and many fungal diseases. It also helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

Read many more hydrogen peroxide uses HERE.

14. Use Honey to Propagate Cuttings

honey as root hormone

Honey contains enzymes that promote root growth, and you can use it as a ‘Rooting Hormone.’ Honey helps plant cuttings in setting roots, and they propagate easily. It also saves them from fungal problems.

Read how you can use honey to propagate cuttings here.

15. DIY Self-Sharpening Garden Tool Holder

diy garden tool holder

Make a tool holder from a terracotta pot and add abrasive sand and mineral oil in that. It will not only hold your garden tools as you thrust them in, but the sand and mineral oil mixed in it also clean and sharpen them at the same time.

Read more of this ingenious idea on One Good Thing.

16. Use Diapers to Improve the Moisture-Retaining Ability

garden hacks use diapers

Quirky idea but useful. Lay diapers with the absorbent sides up, and they will retain moisture for a long time. This gardening hack is useful for hanging baskets, shallow pots, and especially if you live in a really warm climate.

If you want to know more about this idea, click here.

17. Epsom Salt When Transplanting

garden hack use epsom on botton of planting hole

Use Epsom salt when you transplant your plants to save them from transplant shock. When planting seedlings or new plants, dig a hole and place about 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in the bottom of the hole and cover with a thin layer of dirt, place the plant in the hole and finish planting.

18. Use Cooking Water to Fertilize Plants

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When you boil or steam some vegetables on the stovetop, don’t pour the water down the drain. Once the water has cooled, pour this vegetable water into your plants to fertilize them instead of wasting it. You can also do the same with your boiled egg water.

19. Pinching, Deadheading, and Pruning

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Pinch the tips of young plants for bushier growth. Deadhead spent flowers from your plants to promote more blooms and remove top shoots and emerging flowers of your herbs to help them have a healthy growth and prevent bolting. Also, most of the new gardeners avoid pruning their plants, but it is important too and helps in rejuvenating the growth of plants.

20. Smother the Weeds

use newspapper to smother weeds- gardening hacks

If weeds are surfacing in your garden, do this: Before you put a layer of mulch on your planting beds, cover the garden bed with newspapers and then drop a layer of mulch to smother the weeds.

Read more about this ingenious idea on A garden for the house.

21. Check Soil pH at Home

soil ph test garden hack

Check the soil pH at your home. It’s true you are not going to find out the exact value from this test, but it will tell you whether your soil is acidic, neutral, or alkaline.

See our DIY post for more information.

22. A Ladder Plant Stand to Create More Space

ladder plant stand

Get a ladder plant stand like this to put your plants on it and to create more space. It can be a good addition to a limited space container garden. Check out ladder plant stand ideas here!


  1. These are some great ideas except for using diapers. There are way too many diapers in the landfills as it is and as they don’t decompose these should not be used – as gardeners we like to think that we are re-using items or using ones that eventually decompose.

    • Agreed. There are also some pretty toxic chemicals in disposable diapers. I wouldn’t be ok with them against a child’s skin and I sure don’t want them in my garden soil.

    • You can use lightly used diapers you are going to throw anyway, and you can remove all the plastic parts, and just use the absorbent parts.

  2. I use a small piece of newspaper in bottom of potted plants instead of buying coffee filters.

    Cardboard is much thicker and lasts longer than newspaper for a weed barrier.

  3. I use a standard cheap small step ladder and place recycled plants of wood on each tier (usually some cutting is required). I think this is a really good “green” way for using a ladder plant stand. I will definitely start using the tip for fertilising my plants with vegetable stock from dinner. I’m betting this will increase growth and plant yields.

  4. Amazingly simple tips that I can’t wait to try in my garden. I’ll be sure to pass this information on to my fellow gardeners. Thanks

  5. Take shipping peanuts used in boxes to pack and mail something. Place these in bottom of pot serves as venting from bottom as well as quick fix for loosening r dirt out the bottom.

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  7. Another tip is to grind up cleaned and dried egg shells and to incorporate into the soil where you have tomatoes growing. This helps prevent calcium deficiency.

    If you are in the tropics/subtropics, you can use old coconut shells as hanging planters!

  8. Another tip is dissolve an antacid (1 antacid with 1 gallon of water) in your sprayer and spray your tomatoes and the soil where you have tomatoes or other plants growing. This helps prevent calcium deficiency.

  9. Great tips. I love reading plant tip articles to try and find new ideas or better way. Coffee filters in bottom of plant pot is good but I use panty hose. I go to thrift store and can always find some 1980s panty hose still in packaging for 25 cents or so. Then I cut them to fit drainage hole as needed and the pair of panty hose lasts a really long time. I got that idea from my husband who was putting peat moss in panty hose to add to aquarium and i decided to use that instead of coffee filters and have ever since

  10. Basic tips but really badly written. Is the writer from a another country? Surely you can get someone who writes with proper grammar.

  11. Another tip to plants seeds is to place seeds in pea shell and then sow in the soil. I really liked the idea of killing the insects and pest with vinegar. I am totally against the insecticides and pesticides. Moreover, you can enhance the beauty of your garden by planting colorful flower plants with various colored lights on them. This way your garden will look heavenly. I have tried it.

  12. A lot of garden hacks and tips in this article. Love reading this and it’s easy to apply. Thank you for sharing these useful tips.


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