Gardening Tips and Tricks
Gardening is a great lockdown activity. It’s mindful, invokes a sense of accomplishment and it helps the time pass. If it’s something you’ve been thinking about, here are some creative ideas to get you started and keep you going!
Homemade watering can Turn an old milk bottle into a homemade watering can simply by drilling a few holes in the top. If the kids want their own, use a smaller container for them. This helps you save a few dollars and recycle all at the same time.
Recycled seedling holders If you have run out of seedling containers, you can make your own out of the cardboard centres on toilet rolls. Cut four slits about 1cm long on one end, fold them over each other like a box and ta da, you have a recycled seedling container. *Bonus tip: cut the toilet roll in half if you have plants with short roots.
Try your hand at propagating Try putting the end of Bok Choy into a glass of water until it develops roots, or bury wilted marigold flowers and wait for new shoots to pop up. Propagation is actually quite easy. Just Google how to propagate the vegetables or plants you have around the house to get specific instructions.
DIY Greenhouse With the weather cooling off, seedlings may not be getting the heat they need. Take a translucent container (soft drink or milk containers are great) and cut off the bottom. This functions as a mini glasshouse for all your new seedlings. Make sure you have ventilation at the top so that they don’t overheat.