These are the gardening hacks that you definitely need to know

It seems that there's a "hack" for just about anything these days, and gardening is certainly no exception. People are constantly coming up with creative solutions to gardening problems.
This list of 10 gardening hacks will repurpose household items for the garden, helping to deter pests, save money and make gardening just a little bit easier. Sometimes the most simple solutions yield the best results.
1. Line planting containers
Before filling pots with potting soil, place a clean coffee filter over the drainage holes in the bottom. This will prevent potting soil from falling out onto the deck/patio/porch.
2. Make your own seed starter containers
Instead of buying seed starter containers, make your own own instead. Fill a blender with a couple handfuls of shredded or ripped paper scraps and pour a little warm water in. Blend on high until it resembles a gooey mess of pulp. Strain as much water as possible, and form into cups using a muffin tin. Let them dry for at least 24 hours.
3. Deter pests with eggshells
Wash and dry empty eggshells, saving them to use in the garden. Crush them into small pieces and scatter on top of the soil around tender plants and it may deter snails and slugs.
4. Use newspapers as weed block
Cover the topsoil around garden plants with a layer of newspaper, water thoroughly, and spread an adequate layer of mulch on top of the newspaper. This will help keep weeds at bay while allowing water to penetrate down through to the soil. According to the Permaculture Research Institute, most newspapers use soy-based inks, making it safe to lay down newsprint in the garden.
5. Grow tomatoes in milk jugs
If you're short on garden space but want to enjoy the taste of home-grown, fresh-from-the garden tomatoes, look no further than empty milk jugs. Cut the tops off, leaving the handle intact, fill with potting soil and plant a tomato plant in each jug. Use the handle to hang the container on the fence or side of a deck to save space.
6. Stick a fork in it
Nobody wants the neighborhood cats using the garden as a litterbox. To keep cats from digging in friable topsoil, stick a few plastic forks in the ground in between plants, with the tines sticking up into the air. The forks also help keep squirrels from the plants.
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7. Use car wax
When gardening tools start to get a little troublesome, apply a light coat of car wax to the metal to act as a lubricant. Carnuba wax – a common component in car waxes – is completely safe even if it comes in contact with garden produce.
8. Soap your nails
Slide your fingernails across the top of a bar of soap, caking soap under your nails. When you work in the garden – even with gloves on – soil won't collect underneath your nails and it makes washing your hands very easy.
9. Use soaker hose
Place soaker hose around the garden, close to the base of plants, and cover with a layer of mulch. This is an efficient and simple way to add an irrigation system that can be easily moved if the garden layout changes.
10. Milk jug hothouses
Cut off the bottoms of clean milk jugs and place over frost-sensitive plants such as tomatoes and peppers to protect them when nighttime temps drop early in the season.

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