1. Before heading to the garden centre, line the back of your car with a plastic tarp and place a small step ladder on top. The slots between the ladder are perfect compartments to protect your fragile plants on your transport home & keep things mess free!
2. When transplanting container plants, dig a hole larger than the soil ball of the plant to help with root establishment.
3. Water deeply (1-2 inches) once per week rather than watering lightly daily. Frequent shallow watering only moistens the top layer of the soil.
4. Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid loving plants (azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and gardenias).
5. To keep soil from leaking out of your pots’ drainage holes, line them with coffee filters before applying your soil and planting!
6. Store your gardening tools in a pot of builders sand; this will help keep them from rusting.
7. To create beautiful natural markers, write the names of your plants on flat face stones and place them at the base of the plants to remember what is where!
8. Paint the handles of your garden tools a bright colour (other than green) to help you spot it among your garden and lawn.
9. Insects can’t stand plants such as garlic, onions & chives. Grow these around the garden to help repel insects.
10. Use a recycled milk jug to cover and protect your plants from frost on those cooler spring nights!