NEW Living Wall Planter:   by Woolly Pocket

20 genius garden ideas you've (probably) never tried

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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If there's one thing we love, it's stumbling across fantastic and previously unknown gardening tips that will help us get more out of our gardens without putting too much effort in! 

We know that sounds a little lazy but it's all a case of working smarter, not harder for beautiful results and we've found some absolutely fantastic advice to share with you today. 

We can now see why gardeners love spending their time outdoors, so prepare to fall in love with landscaping all over again…

1. Waste not, want not

Traditional Garden: country Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Traditional Garden

Unique Landscapes

Pour vegetable cooking water on your garden as it will act like a fertiliser!

2. Pack some peanuts

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by Capi Europe
Capi Europe

Capi Lux—Planter square Black

Capi Europe

Use polystyrene packing peanuts in the bottom of your pots instead of stones. This will make them lighter to lift while still getting good drainage.

3. Crushed eggshells

Raised block and slate planter: modern Garden by Lush Garden Design
Lush Garden Design

Raised block and slate planter

Lush Garden Design

Crush eggshells and scatter in your garden to inject some calcium into the soil.

4. Plant plastic forks

Contemporary Garden Design by London Based Garden Designer Josh Ward: modern Garden by Josh Ward Garden Design
Josh Ward Garden Design

Contemporary Garden Design by London Based Garden Designer Josh Ward

Josh Ward Garden Design

Plant plastic forks (handle down) in the soil near delicate plants that you want to protect from cats and other uninvited visitors.

5. Plant where you can

NEW Living Wall Planter:   by Woolly Pocket
Woolly Pocket

NEW Living Wall Planter

Woolly Pocket

Even if you have no garden space to speak of, buckets and washing up bowls can be used to plant some blooms.

6. Another use for nappies

Bay tree cone in fibreglass planter: modern Garden by Gardenplan Design
Gardenplan Design

Bay tree cone in fibreglass planter

Gardenplan Design

A nappy in the bottom of planters and hanging baskets will retain moisture for gradual hydration.

7. Top up with magnesium

Personalised Watering Can:  Garden  by Jonny's Sister
Jonny's Sister

Personalised Watering Can

Jonny's Sister

Add Epsom salts to your watering can now and then for a good magnesium top up.

8. Don't make work for yourself

To avoid the chore of moving plants seasonally, plant an empty pot in the ground then simply drop in smaller pots with your plants in them. 

You can then lift and move as you please!

9. A slice of life

scandinavian Kitchen by homify
homify

Ceramic Bird Lemon Juicer

homify

Start saplings off in hollowed out citrus fruit halves.

10. Easy seed organisation

Build raised beds from cinder blocks for simple, cheap seed organisation.

11. Filter that soil

classic Garden by My Little Jardin
My Little Jardin

Potée dipladenia et gaura

My Little Jardin

Line plant pots with coffee filters to stop the soil escaping.

12. An egg-cellent idea

The little bunny egg cup: eclectic Kitchen by Decorum
Decorum

The little bunny egg cup

Decorum

Use empty eggshells as starter seed pots. You can write what's in them on the side!

13. Fight off invasive plants

Mount Pleasant, Norwich: country Garden by Studio Urban Blu
Studio Urban Blu

Mount Pleasant, Norwich

Studio Urban Blu

Take invasive plants to task by cutting the bottom out of a plant pot and surrounding the plant.

14. Sprouting spuds

Find a place in your garden for climbers - they will reward you with a wonderful show: country Garden by Perfect Plants Ltd
Perfect Plants Ltd

Find a place in your garden for climbers—they will reward you with a wonderful show

Perfect Plants Ltd

Use potatoes to grow rose clippings. Simply stab the stem into a spud and watch it flourish!

15. Take the plant to the well

A country garden in the Cotswolds: country Garden by Bowles & Wyer
Bowles & Wyer

A country garden in the Cotswolds

Bowles & Wyer

Plant seeds around an empty flower pot that has been planted to create an easy watering well.

16. Pinch an inch

Pinch the tips off herb plants to encourage new growth.

17. Mini greenhouse

Cut a fizzy pop bottle in half (across the middle) and use the bottom as a mini greenhouse for humidity-loving plants.

18. Collect rainwater

Make yourself a rainwater collection butt from a plastic bin and use the precipitation to water your plants for free.

19. Non-toxic weed killer

For an effective, non-toxic weed killer, take a gallon of white vinegar, a cup salt and a tbsp of washing up liquid. Mix well and use a squirt bottle to target your spray.

20. Rock out

mediterranean Garden by SOL AG
SOL AG

SOL Ausstellungsgarten Grenchen

SOL AG

Create a rock garden for aesthetic variation and also improved garden drainage.

If you've got the gardening bug, take a look at this Ideabook: 12 modern gardens that will make you sigh with pleasure.

Which of these tips were new to you?
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