Having a great garden is just one of the many ways that you can impress the people around you, but it is usually easier said than done. Everyone wants a garden that looks impressive, and is very low maintenance, but knowing how to get there is more than half of the battle. With perfect gardens being hard to attain, getting a grasp on the basics can really make you stand out from the rest of the crowd.

This list of 45 tips walks you through everything from planting to decorating, and gives you a number of tips for taking care of every possible part of your garden.

You never know which of these tips will come in handy, so check them out and see if you find something that works for you and your lifestyle. Happy Gardening!

1. Walking on Eggshells

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Save your eggshells! That’s right. Slugs hate them and so do other common pests who can easily destroy your garden. Make it a point to save your eggshells whenever you eat them at home. Crush them and sprinkle them all around, especially where bugs can get to the roots. This is an age-old way of protecting plants, flowers and vegetables without using unnatural ingredients.

2. Reroot Fresh Basil

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If you’ve decided to grow herbs and spices, you don’t need to buy basil in its soil. You can just buy fresh basil and place a bunch in water. In just a couple of weeks, you’ll notice thin roots growing in the water. Wait until they’re relatively lush and transplant your basil, roots and all, in your outdoor garden. For novices: it’s common to grow seedlings indoors to protect them from pests who want to munch on the seeds. Once the seeds or roots take indoors, the chances of survival are much higher.

3. Rock ‘n’ Roll Markers

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craftsbyAmanda.com

Rocks are another great option when looking for natural markers to use in the garden. Next time you go on a hike, gather a bunch. Take care to wash them thoroughly before painting them. You may want to paint them all in one color for a more uniform look or you may want to paint them in an array of colors. Make sure to use the right paint that won’t wash off the next time it rains!

4. Potatoes Make Roses?

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So you want a beautiful rosebush but don’t want to shell out all that money to buy it? Buy a few roses and cut the stem an inch or two and dip it into cinnamon (yes, that spice you love). Take your potatoes and remove all the eyes. Create holes in the potatoes to fit the rose stems. Insert the roses into the potatoes and then plant the potatoes in your garden. Be patient, and you’ll eventually have a new rosebush.

5. Put A C-Clamp On Your Ladder

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Sigalonhowtodoit

Putting a C Clamp on your ladder will let you hold all of your tools with ease, it also gives you a great place to put any hose attachments you might want to use. This is a little thing, but it will let you get through any garden work much faster. Everyone knows that getting through your work faster lets you do more, resulting in a better looking garden.

6. Incorporate Drainage Into Your Design

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Design Of Interior

Slope your flower beds or yard installations and create a stream bed in the middle. During months with heavy rain, your garden will drain, making it beautiful year round. Be sure to put the plants that need the most water on the edges, letting them flourish during the spring.

7. Sprinkle Pesky Weeds With Salt

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Salt has long been used as a way to kill weeds and unwanted plants. This needs to be done directly onto the weed and only in places where you don’t want anything to grow. Be sparing with your use of salt and be sure to rinse it away after the weed has died. Try and do this before it rains so you can direct where the salt travels.

8. Prevent Rust

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So, you’ve got some gardening tools you spent lots of money on and they’re beginning to rust. First, use a simple can of coke (yes, Coca-Cola) and a pad of steel wool to get rid of the existing rust. Next, get some sand and fill a bucket or planter with it. Keep your tools in the sand from here on and you shouldn’t see any more rust, not even if you leave your tools out in the rain!

9. Moss For Amazing Gardens

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Here’s something you probably didn’t know. Moss is a great ground cover and it also chokes out the supply of nutrients that weeds need. If you are trying to cover a bigger area, be sure to put in a large amount of moss. Moss doesn’t need a significant amount of water and also helps prevent soil from eroding. Also moss can look very beautiful in a garden when placed correctly. Speak with other gardeners and see how they are using moss in their gardens.

10. Make Your Own Watering Cans

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Lugging a watering can around can be a pain, especially if you have flowers in many different places. Instead, find a jug or jar that you like, and punch holes in the top to create your own watering can. Store each one with the flowers it corresponds to, making it easier to water and letting you control how much water each one gets with ease.

11. Protect Seedlings

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It’s always best to start growing seeds indoors. Seedlings are fragile and can easily die if they are exposed to too much sunlight or if critters get in the soil and eat them. You don’t need to dish out all that money to buy seedling starters. When you finish your eggs, just take the container and use it to start planting what you’ll later transplant outside. Make sure to poke pin holes at the bottom of the container to ensure water drainage. When your seeds are nice and strong, all you have to do is scoop out the seedlings, roots and all, and plant them where you want it to grow. Easy!

12. Put A Bar On Your Ladder

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Alton Ladders

Put a bar on your ladder below the lowest rung to scrape your boots on. This can help you not track things around your garden, keep your patio clean, and prevent slipping on your ladder as well. It’s easy to install one, just screw it on and go.

13. Pour Vinegar On Weeds

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If you pour vinegar onto the roots of weeds that are bothering you, they will usually shrivel up within just a few days. You can poke at them with a stake and then put the vinegar in the hole you formed to make this even more effective. Wait until the plant is fully shriveled before you pull it out. This a great, cheap way to get rid of weeds.

14. Use Bottle Caps In The Bottom Of Pots

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Pixabay

Put bottle caps inside the bottom of potted plants to encourage drainage. Put them spiked end down, and layer soil on top of them before planting. Even spacing will allow water to flow out without losing the soil.

15. Use A Scraper To Weed Cracks

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Protopian Pickle Jar

Use a scraper or a putty knife to get up into the cracks and hard to reach places. Simply drag it down the whole length and then use it to pop out anything that really sticks out. This will give you pristine tile lines and other cracks, something your neighbors will be amazed by.

16. Mark Your Tools With Depth Measurements

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Alibaba

Mark your tools with different measurements so you always plant at the same depth. Simply use your tool to measure, letting you plant with ease. If you put a number of different measurements on one tool, you can plant a whole garden in a very short amount of time.

17. Boil Unwanted Plants Or Weeds

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Plants can be boiled even when they are in the ground, giving you an easy way to get rid of weeds. Boil some water, pour it over the weeds, and watch them wilt. Them simply pull them out and enjoy your weed-free space. You will know it worked when they look like wilted spinach!

18. Use Worms

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Happy Cow

Go to your local bait shop and buy some worms to really make your garden look amazing. Place them in your compost barrel and in the soil when you are planting to ensure better nutrients and aeration. They should breed, making you only need to purchase them once.

19. Burn Weeds

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Now this solution is a little unconventional and be warned that your neighbors may think you’re a little nuts. Take a grill lighter, propane torch, or a flamethrower (if you’ve got one handy) and burn the weeds at their base. This kills both the root and the top, making it easy for you to remove them. Try and get a grill lighter or propane torch with a flexible head so you can be very specific with the plants that you are destroying. This solution works great if you just need to get rid of a few weeds at a time.

20. Use Paths For Edging

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Flickr

You don’t always have to have super defined edges for your flower boxes. If you want to go for a much more natural look, use the paths that you are putting in to edge your boxes. Line the area along the paths and in between the cracks with mosses to really make the whole thing pop.

21. Be Creative With Your Ground Cover

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Flick River

Look into different plants that will work well for ground cover. Creeping mosses, spider plants, and even small flowers will all work well. Make sure that your ground cover will grow fast and that it spreads out easily. Many times there are native plants that will do an amazing job and help you cut down on watering and weeding.

 

22. Make Your Own Tools

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afarmofyourhome.com

You don’t really need to spend hundreds of dollars on shovels and planters. All you really need to do is wash out an old milk jug, preferably a gallon. Get a pair of utility scissors and carve out a couple of shovels that are to your liking. Who sees your tools anyway? While creating markers from the remnants of the plastic jug is do-able too, you may want to check out some of our prettier suggestions for DIY markers.

23. DIY Markers

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Are you a serious wine drinker because if you are you may already have some old corks from the bottles you finished off. If not, you better start saving them. Cork makes for an innovative and clean look for garden markers. This garden accessory is important in keeping you organized as you grow, but you don’t have to dump tons of money buying cute ones at the store. If you want something more ornate, you can paint the corks in different colors. If you want a more minimalist look, just jot the name of your veg or herb and attach it to a kabab scewer or even a long toothpicks.

24. Let Them Have Beer

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Did you know that beer kills slugs? Yep! A clever way to get those suckers before they destroy your garden is to grab a couple of plastic cups, fill them with beer and plant the cups in the soil all around your herbs and veggies. Soon, you’ll find a lot of dead slugs, which is gross, but your garden will thank you for it.

25. Coffee Grounds

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Start saving your coffee grounds because this is one tip you’ll definitely want to follow. Coffee grounds have two functions in the garden: They keep the soil moist and they deter pests from hanging around and destroying all your precious veggies and herbs. Just throw a bunch around all that you grow, including flowers, and you can be sure that the soil won’t dry out as quickly.

26. Protect Your Seedlings

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Direct sunlight may fry fragile seedlings, which are pretty darn delicate. Again, you don’t have to buy all sorts of expensive canopies to block the sunlight. Just grab an empty milk container, wash it out and cut the bottom out. Just place the container over your seedlings when the sun’s rays are at their hottest, and this should protect them from burning out.

27. Sprinkle Some Cinnamon

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Not only are seedling vulnerable to sunlight, they are also prone to disease. Prevent diseased growths by sprinkling some cinnamon on your fragile seedlings and the soil they sit in. This should be the only step you need to take to prevent sickly leaves. There’s no need to buy those expensive sprays.

28. Diapers

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As strange as it may sound, this is one of the best ways to keep soil moist. Some people even plant the diaper right in the ground while others use them to grow seedlings indoors before transplanting them outside. Regardless of how you use diapers, just know that they really do seal in moisture better than container!

29. Fun Planters

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You don’t have to buy all sorts of expensive planters. You can simply use your shower caddies! They even come with the hooks you need to hang them from nails. Simply take the metal or plastic caddy and line it with felt. Then, add in some soil and plant your plants. These makeshift planters also drain water. How brilliant and easy!

30. Easy Markers

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Clothes pins are an easy and clean way to mark all the yummy things you’re growing in your garden. What’s nice about these is you can place them high up so you won’t be able to miss them. Paint them green so they blend into your garden or paint them in vibrant colors to match the flowers.

31. Freeze ‘Em

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Let’s say you’re having great success with your herbs. Well, you’re going to be suddenly bombarded with a supply of spices you can’t possibly use in a short amount of time! What to do? A great hack to preserve what you don’t use is to place it  in ice cube trays, add some water and freeze it. By the time you finish using what you’ve frozen, you should have another harvest in your garden.

32. Swap ‘Em Out

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Do you get bored with your garden easily and need to rest your eyes on something different every so often? No problem! Just take your plants and flowers and plant them in the soil without taking them out of their planters. When you get tired of how your garden looks, you can swap them out with something new.

33. Rind Seed Starters

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Since you’re starting your garden indoors to protect your seedlings, you may as well make sure they are decorative, right? Orange rinds, even lemon or lime rinds, work great! Not only are they the perfect seedling starters (if you poke holes at the bottom for water drainage), they look super cute and even smell of citrus!

34. Soak Your Seeds

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Make sure your seeds are prime before you plant them. It’s always good to soak them between 8 to 14 hours but no more than 24 hours before putting them in soil. You may even begin to see the seed cracking open while it’s sitting in water. Soaking is a great way to ensure that your seeds are ready and able to absorb moisture once they are placed in soil. Use warm water, soak them at night and plant them bright and early the next morning!

35. Gradual Water Supply

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Using an empty wine bottle as a gradual water supply is the best way to keep your garden moist if you are going to be away for a day or two. You won’t have to worry about over-watering either!

36. Coffee Filters

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Does the soil in your planter leak? Easy fix: take out the plant and all the soil first. Next, place a coffee filter down and replant. You’ll never have soil leak from the water holes at the bottom ever again!

37. Rack it Up

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Empty your plastic shoe racks and make a home for your plants. Not only do they look great and organized in this makeshift planter, but the roots even get sunshine! Use a pin to poke tiny air holes at the bottom of each unit for drainage and you’re all set.

38. Eggshell Planters

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Another way to start some great seedlings is to take eggs and fill them with soil and seeds. Make sure to create little drainage holes too. What’s great about eggshells is that pests that destroy seeds hate nothing more! You can even take them as they are when you transport them to your garden.

39. Regrow Succulents

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Succulents are strong and beautiful. They’re also easy to care for. The best part about them is you can easily grow a ton of them without buying new ones. Just pull a few leaves, cut them just right and plant them directly in the soil. Watch as your succulents begin to multiply.

40. Grow a Pineapple

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But a pineapple, cut the top off enjoy your fruit and get to planting! If you take the top and plant it in your garden, you’ll soon have more pineapples!

41. Toilet Paper Rolls

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Another way to start seedlings indoors is by creating little planters using toilet paper rolls. It’s easy and works very well. Just make sure to poke drainage holes at the bottom for the best results.

42. Feed Flowers Vodka

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flickr : Kevin

A few drops of vodka and a teaspoon of sugar in your flower vase will keep cut flowers fresh and alive for a lot longer than plain water alone. Just make sure you don’t pour a ton of vodka. You’ll be sure to kill your flowers if you try to get them drunk.

43. Baking Soda

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Baking soda in your garden? Yep, this little box of white powder is the most effective weed killer there is — no harsh chemicals needed! There are other uses for baking soda in the garden too. Mix it with flower and dust your vegetables with it to prevent cabbage worms from destroying your garden.

44. Light it Up

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Nope, there are no bulbs inside these planters at all. Amazing, no? There is such a thing as neon paint and it glows in the dark. If you paint your plant holders with this stuff, you’ll have some amazing lighting at night and won’t need to turn a single switch. Looks totally cool, right? Garden party, anyone?

45. Innovative Plant Holders

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You can pretty much use anything you want as a plant holder just as long as you drill small drainage holes so your soil can get rid of excess water. Without those holes, your plants will not be happy for long. What’s fun about using galoshes is that they are usually shiny and come in bright colors or fun patters. Just place a rock in the toe part to keep them upright. Just plain genius!

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