To buy or to DIY – Can you hack it instead?

To buy or to DIY – Can you hack it instead?

To buy it or DIY it?

Sometimes I think, I must get this or I need to nip into town for that. If I stop and think about it for a moment, there are actually very few times that it’s a must. I’ve been trying to get the garden growing to it’s full potential while the allotment is ready to go. Here I’ll share some of my favourite tricks for this summer.

Hack 1 : Disposable fork seed labels.

Use a permanent marker to reuse party cutlery

It does what it says on the tin. My draws (kitchen draws) are full of little plastic forks. It would appear I have a terrible sense of judgement when it comes to catering at bbqs. After thinking about it I realised they are the perfect solution to my seedling mix ups. In fact, they are designed to stick into things! Just write the name on the handle with a permanent marker and away you go.

Hack 2: Milk bottle a watering cans.

Cut them in half, pop holes in the lid and plant – oh and don’t forget the water!

I can’t take credit for this idea, I saw it online but I unfortunately I can’t remember where. Take a supermarket milk bottle, cut it in half just above the label. ¬†Take a pin and prick holes in the lid of the bottle. Fill from the label end and use hold it with the handle. Pour away. I have embedded one into the ground by the courgettes and keep it filled. It releases the water slow enough to keep them watered. Doing it this way also allows me to add plant food if I want to.

Hack 3: Bubble Wrap.

Use bubble wrap to protect vulnerable plants.

I use bubble wrap in the garden to keep small plants protected from wind or cold weather (it wouldn’t really be enough to protect from frost). Using a staple gun and some wood remnants I fashioned a cover for the courgettes. They were being badly damaged by the wind. They are now thriving and I can’t wait for the glut come Autumn time.

Hack 4: Sandwich bags.

Use sandwich bags as little propagators.

A small sandwich bag can double as a propagator. Simply pop it over the top of the pot to create an instant greenhouse for your seeds. The ones with the zip locks can contain and seal in a small fibre pot!

Hack 5: The food on your plate.

Don’t forget that vegetables such as peppers, squash and tomatoes to name a few are all bursting with seeds. Plant them or keep them in a dry place for next year. Fruits such as raspberries, strawberries and lemons are also abundant with seeds. I’m currently experimenting with the avocado seed trick that has been ¬† doing the rounds on social media and I have to say, so far, so good. (I hope this one in particular pays off because, let’s face it they’re not getting any cheaper!)


Leave your favourite garden hacks in the comments below!


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