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Gardening is fun and yes, it is very rewarding. These beginner tips and tricks will get you started on the right foot! This spring season is the perfect time to plant flowers, herbs, vegetables, and more. Let’s start!

  1. In a spray bottle, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water to remove salt deposits from clay pots. Scrub the pot with a plastic brush after applying the mixture. Allow the pot to dry before planting anything in it.
  2. To keep your string trimmer line from jamming or breaking, spray it with vegetable oil before inserting it into the trimmer.
  3. Make a measuring stick out of a long-handled tool! Place a long-handled garden tool on the ground, along with a tape measure. Make inch and foot marks on the handle with a permanent marker. You’ll already have a measuring device in your hand if you need to space plants a certain distance apart (from an inch to several feet).
  4. Little clay pots make excellent cover for protecting young plants from frosts and freezes.
  5. Simply stab a one-foot length of the steel reinforcing bar into the ground at the corner of a bed and slip two clay pots over it, one facing down, the other facing up, to make a hose guide. The guides will protect your plants from damage as you drag the hose along the bed.
  6. Write the names of plants (using a permanent marker) on the flat faces of stones of various sizes and place them at or near the base of your plants to create perfectly natural markers.
  7. Tea and coffee grounds can be used to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias, and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about a quarter-inch once a month will keep the soil’s pH on the acidic side.
  8. Draw your fingernails across a bar of soap to effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them while working in the garden. After you’ve finished working in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap, and your nails will be gleaming.
  9. Keep gardening twine on hand, place a ball of twine in a small clay pot, thread the end of the twine through the drainage hole, and place the pot upside down in the garden. If you do that, you’ll never have to look for twine again.
  10. You can get rid of them by spraying them with a strong stream of water from the hose or using insecticidal soap. But here’s another idea, one that’s a lot more entertaining: get some tape! Wrap a wide strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat aphid-infested plant leaves. Concentrate your efforts on the undersides of leaves, as this is where the little buggers prefer to hide.