A year ago, Hubby, Bee and I were living in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house on just over half an acre. After spending my entire adult life living in small rentals on tiny lots, this house was a dream come true! Well, except for all the things that went wrong while we lived there, but that’s a story for another day.
Hubby grew up gardening. As a kid, he’d help his grandparents with their garden. Once he was an adult, his dad bought a house with space for a garden and the entire family worked together to tend to it.
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I remember my parent’s trying their hand at a real garden once and the memory is very vague. I was young and the main thing I remember is the giant stalks of corn.
There was already a fenced in garden area in our old house, so last year I decided to try growing my own vegetables. Honestly, I sort of just expected Hubby to help me with it. He never really did, unless I bugged him with gardening questions.
About halfway through the season, I discovered a bunch of gardening hacks that would have been so nice to have know before I ever planted my first seed! I was disappointed, to say the least, but excited to try some of them this spring!
Sadly, I won’t get the chance. The house we just moved into doesn’t have a yard that is ideal for gardening. We have also returned to renting and this house is temporary, so I’m not investing the money into making the yard work. I do plan to grow some potted vegetables, but that’s about as far as I’m going this year!
I would like to mention that I’m super excited to grill my veggies in this amazing veggie basket that I just received last week, courtesy of Cave Tools (review and bonus recipe coming soon!). It’s great quality for the price and I’ve only used it twice, but I’m pretty sure I’m in love with it!
Anyway, I may not have a giant garden this year, but I will be growing a few of my own veggies. Here are some awesome tips, tricks, and hacks to make gardening that much easier for you this year!
This is one that I really, REALLY wish I’d done when planting my tomatoes and peppers. They definitely would have benefited from this awesome idea.
Talk about a money saver! Not to mention a great way to recycle your eggshells. Plus the shells will give the plants a little nutritional boost once they are transplanted into the ground.
Such a great idea! An awesome way to protect your young plants and keep them toasty warm on a chilly spring day. A definite must try this year!
There are lots of fertilizer recipes out there, but this one is quick and simple! I’ve always wanted to make my own fertilizer (because buying it isn’t cheap!). I can see myself trying this recipe in the near future.
This is so clever! The blogger says it keeps rabbits out and she expects it’ll keep cats out, too. My only question: will it work with dogs? If so, I know a lady who could really benefit from this idea!
I love, love, LOVE baking soda. It has so many uses! I never would have guessed that it could help grow larger, sweeter tomatoes. I plan on growing a couple tomato plants this spring, so I will most definitely be giving this hack a try.
If you’re like me and plan on keeping your vegetables in pots, this idea might be a good one for you to try! I think it would be really neat in my yard, especially since we really don’t have any lighting back there.
This idea is SO clever! I can’t believe this has never crossed my mind. Way better than buying those mini containers in the gardening section of Wal-Mart!
Coffee cans are a bit small for most vegetable plants, but keep this idea in mind! Everything from a 1 gallon ice cream bucket to an empty 5 gallon paint can (cleaned, of course) would work for a lot of plants!
Do you have any great gardening tips, tricks or hacks to share? I’d love to hear them!