Keep your tools organised
A simple mixture of sand and mineral oil (such as baby oil) in a large flower pot protects small garden tools from rust.
Deter pests with household items
Scatter crushed eggshells or used coffee grounds around the base of your plants to keep pesky slugs and snails from nibbling your garden. It’ll also help to enrich the soil.
DIY seed dibber
Make your own seed dibber and glue some wine corks onto a ruler – perfect for window boxes.
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Use plastic bottles as mini greenhouses
Recycle plastic bottles into mini greenhouses by simply cutting off the top and covering the seedling with the bottom half. It’ll help young plants grow in spring when the weather’s still a little chilly.
Use mirrors to create a bigger garden
Fix mirrors to walls or fences to easily make a small garden look larger. The trick is to place it where it reflects greenery. Try dotting smaller mirrors in amongst bedding plants or rockeries, too.
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Make your own weed killer
Fill a spray bottle with three parts white vinegar, one-part table salt and a teaspoon of washing-up liquid, then drench the weeds in the solution.
The weeds should start to deteriorate after a few days. To kick start the process, pour boiling water over them first.
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Stack pots to make a vertical garden
The perfect solution to a small garden or a balcony is to plant upwards. Simply stack pots on top of one another before planting lush greenery and flowers.
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DIY water irrigation system
This clever trick will keep your plants watered while you’re away on holiday. Poke small holes all the way around a plastic bottle and plant it deep into the soil so just the top of the bottle shows on the surface.
Before you jet off, simply pour water into the top of the bottle and it will disperse the water slowly over time.
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